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This is shaping up like an echo of the Intelligent Design debate.

Just like the arguments about evolution in general, you have to ask, why couldn't it have been done the usual way? Just selecting and propagating good food plants. If someone in the distant past were really able to alter individual genes, you'd think they would have removed undesirable characteristics like the binding of niacin in maize that requires soaking in lime-water to release the vitamin. Large European populations suffered pellagra when maize was first introduced into Europe and people started relying on it as a staple food. Rice has a similar problem with an enzyme that blocks iron absorption. This is one of the reasons that Asians of many ethnicities, from Chinese and Japanese to Filipinos and Indians have tended to be smaller than Westerners. Iron deficiency is a serous problem in Asia down to the present, largely because of the dominance of rice in the Asian diet.

The convenient mechanical crop characteristics of these plants such as larger seeds were developed, the inconvenient nutritional problems were not eliminated. Just what you would expect from crops developed by selection and re-propagation instead of direct genetic manipulation.



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Like ancient Rome, we today are once more importing every form of exotic superstition in the hope of finding the right remedy for our sickness.
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Richard Wilhelm: In Memoriam (1930), CW 15: pg. 60

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Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 162 carolb 11-Jan-12 23:29
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Re: We really are what we eat! 131 Nolondil 27-Jan-12 03:06
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ancient hybridizing and cultivation 133 drrayeye 12-Jan-12 11:38
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 comptogf 13-Jan-12 18:16
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 109 drrayeye 13-Jan-12 22:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 14-Jan-12 11:19
Climate change and the advent of agriculture worldwide 150 drrayeye 15-Jan-12 19:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 150 Aine 14-Jan-12 19:56
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 108 Nolondil 16-Jan-12 02:51
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 16-Jan-12 05:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 124 drrayeye 17-Jan-12 00:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 146 Nolondil 18-Jan-12 00:10
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 Aine 19-Jan-12 14:54
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