Monday, December 16, 2002

Cargill Dow is now selling a recyclable plastic made from dextrose that requires 50% less fossil fuel to produce than regular plastics. The source of the dextrose is, of course corn (of which Cargill monopolizes the world supply), and Cargill Dow can't separate GM from non-GM varieties in its supply chain. Which is why Patagonia won't touch the stuff. Which may seem a little overwrought, but they have a pretty good explanation:
Like any technology, genetic engineering can be used wisely or irresponsibly. The use of genetically engineered organisms and enzymes in laboratory and metabolic processes seems to safely improve productivity, lower costs and reduce pollution from industrial factories in a closed, controlled environment. The release of genetically engineered organisms into the wild, on the other hand, is taking place in the absence of adequate testing and regulatory measures and is therefore not something we support.
The question is, at what point does futility override principle in resisting a fait accompli? Of course, one may also wonder how all these faits became accomplis without anyone telling us.

As the percentage of GM corn grows from its current 30%, (in addition to the pest resistance nightmare already noted) watch for more weed resistance problems like they're already having with soybeans. [The banner ad at the top of this story is for a page called "": actually a Syngenta site that advises farmers to use more herbicides to combat glyphosate resistance]. This is why Patagonia might have a point.


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