Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Ugly is in the eye of the observer

Real concerns

My real concerns with SR crops aren't neccesarly with the safety of consuming the crops themselves but rather with what happens when these crops start proliferating out into the wild and mixing with the native habitat. That's really where unintended consequences are likely to rear thier ugly heads.... and there haven't been nearly enough studies of that aspect of SR food stocks.

This is nothing new, many areas have suffered harm from the introduction of non-native species as a result of human settlement/agriculture. That's been going on for centuries. Nor has the regular process of mutation (going on since the beggining of life) always produced beneficial results.

All these processes can happen perfectly well without SR technology. However, the process of genetic modification DOES rapidly accelerate the process since SR purposefully creates mutant strains which are known to be viable.... something that is a one in a million occurance in nature.

Frost resistant strawberries may be perfectly safe to consume... but do we really know what effects they have on Canadian flora and fauna once they escape thier SR farms and start spreading across the landscape? Do we know that those side effects aren't going to have serious consequences for Canada's human population?

I really have no objection to SR foods per se. I do have an objection to just looking at whether they are going to poison you and calling it sufficient scientific knowledge to ok thier introduction. That's still playing Russian Roulette.

You do have to be really carefull when tinkering around with Mother Nature because she WILL turn around and bite you in the arse over something which seems totaly innocous at first glance.

That's not an arguement for not doing SR at all. It is however an arguement for being alot more prudent about studying the likely effects of these things on the environment as a whole BEFORE introducing them somewhere.