Previous speakers are generally right, but they forget about one nice feature of existing GMOs - the seeds of genetically modified crops have to be bought. Seed material from Monsanto (for example) will not be able to propagate without an expensive laboratory. What about those who only have a bunch of old-fashioned strains and hybrids? That's right - to try to go on some additional positive properties of your product. Or find negative ones in a competitor. It is much cheaper than building a modern research facility. The usual media war for the sales market. And hordes of uneducated volunteers with placards on the front lines.
It all started back in 1996. Then Monsanto, the manufacturer of the famous Roundup herbicide, began selling genetically modified wheat seeds that were resistant to the herbicide. The company's shares soared due to massive sales of Roundup and modified wheat.
Competitors were in quiet shock, no one knew what to do, because none of them was seriously involved in genome modification. The only solution was simple - to lobby for several laws banning "very dangerous" GMOs. The laws were not passed by the US government, but the journalists managed to tell so many stories about GMOs that the result was not long in coming: many people from all over the world tremble and shit like bricks at the mere mention of transgenic products, which is not weak for those who understand the essence of GMOs.
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Because many people are stupid, among stupid people there are especially active people who are attracted to various kinds of communities. And these active people sometimes begin to actively defend various nonsense.
Like a ban on GMOs. And they have this right (all people have equal rights, including stupid ones).