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Is there anyone who didn't already know this?

Something that you may not have known is that the potato, from South America, introduced into Europe in the 1500's caused a population explosion. There are over 2,000 varities of potatoes, some are resistant to the potato fungus that struck in the 1800's and caused the Irish potato famine.

1 posted on 11/13/2003 3:09:17 PM PST by blam
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Ping.
2 posted on 11/13/2003 3:10:03 PM PST by blam
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To consider cross breeding the same as genetic engineering is fraudulent. A GE process can create tobacco that glows with genes from a firefly. When you can do that with cross breeding, you let me know.
3 posted on 11/13/2003 3:14:13 PM PST by aimhigh
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Add the hot pepper and tobacco.
4 posted on 11/13/2003 3:17:51 PM PST by RightWhale (Close your tag lines)
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I've been pointing this out in various "GM foods are bas" threads for a long time - where do you srwa the line as what is GM and what isn't - because cross-breeding in plands, and for that matter, selective breeding in animal husbandry are genetic modification.

The only difference between then and now is the scale at which the modification takes place - then, it was on a macrocellular scale - now, it's microcellular.
7 posted on 11/13/2003 3:28:03 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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Researchers have claimed that farmers in the US and Mexico changed corn genes through selective breeding more than 4,000 years ago.

Anybody remember who was President of the United States 4,000 years ago?

8 posted on 11/13/2003 3:29:31 PM PST by usadave
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The Green Nazis, in their zeal for genocide, (Save the Whales - Humans are Expendable), pretend not to know it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/745309/posts
9 posted on 11/13/2003 3:31:27 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered )
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Hey, I got 4 varieties of irish potatoes growing in my garden right now. However, after tonight's low (32 degrees), I think it will be time to dig 'em up.
12 posted on 11/13/2003 3:33:34 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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Is there anyone who didn't already know this?

I always find "new discoveries" like this so amusing. A lot of this stuff, we were taught back in grade school over 50 years ago.

That's the problem with schools, they don't teach anything any more. That's why things have to be discovered over again. Stupid!

22 posted on 11/13/2003 4:43:36 PM PST by JudyB1938 (It's a wild world. There's a lot of bad and beware.)
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I don't doubt that these plants were modified. But, how? Science can't claim that people living 6000 - 10,000 years ago were ignorant stone age hunter gatherers living at the whim of weather and large beasts, yet claim, in the same breath, that they "domesticated" plants.

Why have no new plants become "domesticated" since?

The evidence just doesn't add up. Something major is missing here.
23 posted on 11/13/2003 5:16:14 PM PST by captain_dave
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28 posted on 11/13/2003 11:21:43 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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Luther Burbank was considered a genius for his development of hybrids. Now we can develop hybrids faster.
38 posted on 11/17/2003 12:42:10 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Hey RATS! No Justices - No Peace)
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