Genetically modified ME!

Being from New Zealand, where clean and green is almost a religion, I had been well and truly indoctrinated against Genetic Modified foods and animals, and well… everything.

But I also had a science teacher in high school who while not pro or con Genetically Modified foods, he was VERY in favor of his students knowing about them, above and beyond the propaganda from both sides. He was, with out a doubt, the biggest influence on my life outside of my immediate family. I think a lot of people have that one teacher that effects them on a deeper level than others, that help shape your view of the world.

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He refused to give his opinion on GE foods, although I always was under the impression he was in favor of them in general. Although his motto for life was everything in moderation.

When we covered this topic here on our show, I said I was fully in favor of them, and we got some interesting feed back. The stance taken by most of the people who dont like them, was that they damage diversity in our food supply, put us at risk of blights and famines, and that we dont know the long term effects, points that were covered by Preston and Aaron in the show, who while pro GE, are not as willing as I am to surrender to the coming GE invasion.

The main point I want to cover now is the idea that a lot of GE crops are designed not to breed naturally, so called terminator genes are put in them so that farmers have to keep on buying them from the supplier rather than propagate them their selves.

Now I think terminator genes are good for two reason, first, it stops cross pollination with non GE crops, which I agree, is a big issue and shouldnt be accepted, just because I support GE doesnt mean everyone should have to put up with it.

The other reason is that it does protect the companies that do the, usually, very expensive research into these new breeds of crops, if they could only sell it over one growing season, they would not get the financial reward for their research.

This must be off set though, by having alternatives to their crops, if they supply the only strains of a certain plant, then it becomes unacceptable, as they would have a monopoly.

So long as we can protect the non GE strains, and so long as the dont pollute the natural plant lines. I think GE crops have done the world a lot of good, increasing crop yield across the board and providing drought and flood resistant strains of crops to areas with less fertile land.

As my old teacher would say, everything in moderation.

Now the case for GE in humans is another topic we covered here and I will respond to the feed back we got latter.

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Episode 020, Listen Direct or on iTunes!

 

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Topic: Synthetic Life, Biological Robots. A look at the different portrayals of synthetic life in movies, from Ash in Alien to the artificial life in Blade Runner. Then we look at where we are in the development of this technology and what we can expect from it in the coming years.

 

Soap Box: Animal right and where to draw the line. A talk about the changing face of animal rights, from the vegans to the carnivores, where do we stand and what should we tolerate in the treatment of animals.

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Topic: Psuedo Science and Same Sex civil rights

 

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Soapbox, Florida Court Case on same sex couple

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

Summery, A look at some of the many forms of psuedo scince passing off as real medicine and science in our community, the harm they can do if taken seriously and the costs, both financial and ethical, of letting them continue.

 

Also a look at following the spirit of the law, rather than the letter.

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 Space Colonies…

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Topic: Space colonies and the future of manned space

 

Soapbox: Tea Party

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

Summery: A look at the future of manned space flight and our presence in space above and beyond the international space station. Also a look at the new trip to Mars run by reality TV. Is a manned mission just beyond us, economically, for the foreseeable future, are we doomed to one planet so long as people keep crying “Wont somebody please think of the children?!?!”

 

Soap Box is looking at the high jacking of the tea party by the far right. How it started, and where it is heading and what their politics might mean for all of us.

 

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Topic: Designer Babies

 

Soapbox: The Liberator Pistol

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

A look at the up coming ethical problem of designer babies and where the line may need to be drawn to seperate the levels of genetic engineering we will be facing in the coming decades.

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Episode 014

 

Topic: GMO, Genetically modified foods past, present and future

 

Soap Box: Oblivion review

 

This weeks episode takes a look at Genetically modified food stuffs in our societies, its pros and cons and societies opinion of it.

 

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Three Wise Guys Episode 012

 

Topic: The unemployment issue, a look at the causes, solutions and fall out of the current unemployment issues facing the world. To union or not to union.

 

Soapbox: Follow up on big brother

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

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Episode #019

 

 Piracy!

 

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Topic: Modern day Piracy, online and the open seas, featuring a thrilling real life encounter with pirates in Indonesia (Washed away with fire hoses) and how International waters muddy the already murky laws we line under. Also is online piracy harming the artists at all?

 

Soap Box: The marijuana laws in Canada and around the world and the path to legislation.

 

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Three Wise Guys #009

 

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Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

Topic: Education systems and faults. The various types of education across the world, with a close look at the German, American and New Zealand systems. How the changing standards and tests is ruining our system, the over emphasis on testing and comparison, maybe we should all be Finns.  

 

Soap Box: The Hazards of trusting people

 

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Show #006

 

Topic: Globilisation

 

The effects of globalization on world culture and the possible insuring monoculture. Will media erode the cultural boarders that have stood for centuries? 

 

Soapbox: Recent Movies

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben