But what about the question of WHY GMO seeds are being created in the first place? Because we can is not a good enough answer. Neither is the fact that it is making Monsanto a fuck ton of money. In addition, the real problems with GMO foods are manifold:
A) as pointed out, each gene manipulation is different and must be tested independently. As one commenter said, its like claiming chemistry is safe because someone did one or two experiments safely. Ridiculous.
B) GMO foods were thrown out into the world with almost no safety testing, both for environmental hazards and health hazards. We have been extremely lucky so far that the potential dangerous effects of this technology have not been realized.
C) The companies that dominate the field are not known for their ethics. We simply can't trust them to be honest where their bottom line is concerned.
D) They are leading to over-use of pesticides like "RoundUp Ready". This has already created super-weeds that could one day soon threaten our entire food supply.
E) There is no way to avoid cross contamination of other plants given how widespread GMO planting is. Cross contamination has already destroyed more than one organic farmer, not to mention massive contamination of standard farms.
F) The attempts by Monsanto to purchase massive amounts of our seed stocks is dangerous and again points to the lack of ethics in their attempts to entirely dominate the field.
G) The aggressive pricing of GMO seeds, and the inability of farmers to legally reuse seed is causing serious problems for small scale farming.
H) The aggressive lawsuits Monsanto has used to bankrupt farmers who refuse to use their GMO seeds (even suing farmers whose fields have been contaminated by GMO's for NOT PAYING FOR THE BENEFIT OF HAVING THEIR CROPS CORRUPTED).
I) The benefits of GMO's to nutrition and farming have so far been elusive at best.
As is apparent, only one or two of these issues has anything to do with whether the GMO plants are safe for us and our animal herds to ingest. Despite some examples of GMO plant enhancement being performed ethically by India described in the comments, the subject of GMO's cannot be separated from the dominant conglomerate that is pushing them, Monsanto.
Monsanto's GMO efforts are ethically, economically and scientifically extremely dangerous. For these reasons I find the position of reasonableness taken by this writer as ethically dubious at best. By ignoring the predatory capitalist behavior of Monsanto and the terrifying threat their efforts to create a seed monopoly to dominate the world food supply represent, this writer has already betrayed the ethical stance he pretends to take.
I know Maggie has a strong desire to be rational and scientifically sound in her reporting, but the reality of how Monsanto's GMO practices are being implemented and the destruction they have already wrought cannot be separated from the purely scientific questions about GMO's.
One can argue that GMO research is not directly related to our food oligopoly. I find that argument highly suspect, given that the nutritional and farming benefits of GMO's have not been proven (and likely won't be given we've already had 20 years with them) while the massive profit generation and monopolization of seed production are clear to see. Monsanto isn't producing GMO products for the benefit of humanity. That fact cannot be ignored.