Gentically Modified Organisms

 

genetically modified organisms

No to GMO

Gentically Modified OrganismsPart One

 

  Genetically  Modified Organisms (or GMO’s), a term being thrown around fairly often in everyday conversation. What does this mean though? Put simply, it is a organism (like a plant or an animal) that has it’s DNA changed or manipulated by man. What does this mean to folks like you and I? Are GMOs really all bad? Is there a way they could be useful to us?  Are GMO‘s Safe? How to know if your food is GMO or not. Humans have been playing with the make up with plants and animals for ages. Farmers who have crops that grow well, will save the seeds of those plants and use them next year. The plants that do not grow well, or have traits that the farmer does not want, the seeds will be discarded. We breed dogs and cats to look certain ways. When it comes down to it, some, not all, but some GM traits are what farmers may have selected throughout generations of harvest.

What do GMO’s mean to me?

“There has been discussion about applying new biochemical concepts and methods in evaluating substantial equivalence, such as metabolic profiling and protein profiling. These concepts refer, respectively, to the complete measured biochemical spectrum (total fingerprint) of compounds (metabolites) or of proteins present in a food or crop. The goal would be to compare overall thebiochemical profile of a new food to an existing food to see if the new food’s profile falls within therange of natural variation already exhibited by the profile of existing foods or crops. However, these techniques are not considered sufficiently evaluated, and standards have not yet been developed, to apply them.[29]

 
 
  There are Some people that say that a GMO is perfectly safe for the human body, while others are very much against it.  Forbes Magazine had posted an article on 10/14/2013 Title
2000+ reasons Why GMO’s are Safe to eat, Environmentally Sustainable.  The article starts off with the typical hearsay about GMO’s and how they are bad, and unhealthy. The author (Jon Entine) goes on to say this
“Every major international science body in the world has reviewed multiple independent studies—in some cases numbering in the hundreds—in coming to the consensus conclusion that GMO crops are as safe or safer than conventional or organic foods. But until now, the magnitude of the research on crop biotechnology has never been cataloged. In response to what they believed was an information gap, a team of Italian scientists summarized 1783 studies about the safety and environmental impacts of GMOfoods—a staggering number.”All of the links that he posted are extremely important to read before weighing in for yourself on GMO’s. To summarize, All of the tests could find no evidence of that GMO‘s pose any harm to humans or animals. GMO’s have been around for some time now. Man has been changing the Genetic Make up of plants for about 30 years now.  With all of these studies, it makes me scratch my head at really what is so wrong with GMO’s. So, let’s take a look at the flip side.

 

Why Genetically  Modified Organisms are bad?

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The Institute for Responsible Technology posted10 reasons to avoid GMO’sThe article gives a fairly wide range of reason to stay away from Genetically Modified Organisms, although I would have liked a few more[ ATTRIBUTE: Please check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33142330@N07/3715569167 to find out how to attribute this image ] links to back up the words. The first point is that GMO’s are unhealthy.

“Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor, doctors groups such as the AAEM tell us not to wait before we start protecting ourselves, and especially our children who are most at risk.”

Often times statements such as these are the biggest weights of the anti-GMO movement. In my humble opinion, “evidence” such as this is merely coincidental. Many people say that vaccines are the cause for autism in children along with a slew of other problems. Could problems like autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and other problems that have arisen over the past decade simply be a factor of our unhealthy eating? After all obesity has had a large spike over the past decade as well. Many health problems that are described above have been said to come from obesity as well. Seeing how Americans have a weight problem, it may be hard to separate  what the culprit is.
None the less, there is no smoke without fire. Many people feel that those in charge of the studies done on Genetically Modified Organisms are using “Tobacco Science”. Meaning the scientists are reporting good findings on bad results. After all, the US Surgeon General Warning did not appear on cigarettes until the 70′s. Perhaps GMO’s are in the same boat. Perhaps in another 20 years there will be labels on food  saying it is a GMO product.

Can Genetically Modified Organisms Be useful to us?

 As I had posted in my last article, Glowing Plants, There can be useful GMOs. Perhaps one day with the advancement of GMO’s, we could end animal suffering by having plants that grow meat, or light our streets with plants the create bio-luminescence. In the right handsGMO’s can end world hunger. Currently that is a fairy tale, as some (I can’t say all) of Monsantos seeds do not reproduce. Making it very costly for the farmer to continue production.
  Nutritionally enhanced Golden Rice, is reported to be more nutritious that regular rice. For areas where it can be hard to get food, products such as this could save lives. I get the fact that many farmers have been destroyed because of the introduction of GMOs. I get that Monsanto has played a fairly crooked hand to date. If funding responsible science that creates food that can be grown more nutritious, and survive better helps end world hunger, then take my money. We live in a time that ending world hunger could be accomplished, with responsible science. However if we let research go unchecked we could be in a world of hurt. On the flip side, if GMO’s are banned or research is halted altogether, than we could be stunting the growth of man kind.

In The next update, we will learn if and how to determine if you food has GMOs in it, Countries that banGMO food, and the most common foods that are genetically modified. What are your thoughts, and opinions? Weigh in, and let your voice be heard. We are a community, and all voices should be heard.

 

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