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Michael Pollan: Deep Agriculture

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jedbeetle
Posted: 08.18.09, 11:56 AM
Quote: Originally Posted by MTGRAY Well folks any way one throw's the commercial around to promote their policy money still is the bottom line of all capitalist societies. As you will pay the tax for all who are more educated. the new trick bio-blah blah to global warming blah blah=your tax's. Couldn't have said it better myself, except for the blah blah part, which shows some surprising disdain for sustainability, health, and our planet. Yes, in American Capitalism, AKA commercialism, the only way to get things done is with money. And thank goodness if a little of my money goes to something that might help the planet. Of course, if we merely adjust policies currently in place to meet our knowledge and to use money and resources more efficiently, then it wouldn't even cost any extra. If I were a real conservative, this is the sort of action I would be interested in seeing in Washington, as opposed to the current popular brand of Conservatism, which is all hypocrisy, anger, ego, and lies.
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MTGRAY
Posted: 08.02.09, 03:07 AM
Well folks any way one throw's the commercial around to promote their policy money still is the bottom line of all capitalist societies. As you will pay the tax for all who are more educated. the new trick bio-blah blah to global warming blah blah=your tax's.
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Rdallas1
Posted: 07.16.09, 10:29 AM
Interesting points made here, I enjoyed his explanation of how they recycle water with fish tanks and also about the bees. I never realized how much of an impact bees have on society until this.
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Sazger
Posted: 07.02.09, 12:47 PM
Yup, food is so interconnected with everything. We definitely need new policies, the current system cannot be supported.
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benmsamuels
Posted: 06.10.09, 07:37 PM
I thought this was a brilliant talk. I love the idea that food is an issue that connects different issues that need fundamental change together; health care reform, energy, education, water, etc...
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smedway
Posted: 06.02.09, 01:39 PM
The problem with GMOs is that they have been designed for profit. Just like anything else designed for profit there are shortcuts, biased testing, and a push for a return that outweighs the advantage of the product. They were also released into the "wild" without any thought to consequence of that action. If there was a way to develop some sort of GMO life form which would be tested for generations before use -maybe- I could endorse such a thing and only on an "open source" basis since then anyone would be able to have access to study it. These would have to be in a strictly controlled INDOOR environment before it could be introduced - if at all. There is no reason that GMO's can't be grown in greenhouses to prevent the spread into natural areas. It needs to be treated as a unknown time bomb because that is what it could be. If there was no dangerous problems with this then it would have naturally occurred thousands of times over by now.
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Posted: 05.28.09, 03:58 PM
Thanks for paying close attention to Mr. Pollan's words. However, in Chapter 14, Question 4, he says that he can imagine genetic engineering that supports sustainable agriculture. He adds that by and large the type he envisions is not being worked on now. What he imagines is open source genetic engineering. -BZ
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mayatara@clix.pt
Posted: 05.14.09, 11:33 AM
I just came to Fora.tv to see this video of Michael Pollan speaking about GMOs and I am immensely disappointed with the subtitle you choose to put on it! It's pure spin! Michael Pollan did not support at all genetic engineering as a key for sustainable agriculture! He just mentioned problems with it! What he said was "if it was the complete opposite of what it really is, then I would consider discussing about it, but as it is, I'm not even going to waste my time considering it". He didn't endorse it in any way!!! Could you please do us a favor and change that erroneous subtitle? Thanks.
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