What do you know about GMO’s
There has been controversy about GMO’s between the agricultural giant Monsanto the small time farmers and us the consumer. I have yet read or hear anything positive regarding Monsanto from the average consumer. The only voices in Monsanto’s corner seem to be the food manufacturers Monsanto owns. You know companies like General Mills, Lipton, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Campbell’s, just to name a few. The list is quite lengthy.
So i decided to do some reading of my own. We’ll start with the definition.
Genetically Modified Organism (GMO): An organism (life form) whose DNA has been altered using genetic engineering.
Genetically Engineered Organism (GEO): Another name for GMOs.
Transgenic Organisms: A type of GMO that has DNA inserted from another species.
The following text is an exert from an article i read on the early days of GMO, and how it changed medical history for people with type 1 Diabeties.
GMOs have been around for well over 30 years. What I want to do today is briefly give some basic information using actual GMO life forms as examples.
Genentech, in 1978, created a bacteria that could produce human insulin. Before that time, people with insulin-dependant diabetes mellitus (a.k.a. Diabetes) had to use insulin from the pancreas of animals. Herbert Boyer took the genes from a human that produced human insulin, and he was able to insert them into a bacteria, E. coli. The bacteria produced mass quantities of human insulin that was easy to refine. Currently, almost all insulin used for diabetes is produced from GMO E. coli. To me, this is one example of the good that genetic engineering can do for humanity. While nothing is truly “safe”, this is about as safe an application as you can get, and the benefits, in my opinion, do outweigh the risks.
In my opinion this was for the good of those affected with Diabetes. But what happened in the last ten years with GMO’s has now forever changed how i view any food in a can, plastic container or box.
Monsanto, a multinational agricultural biotech corporation, has created many types of GMO food plants. One of the most well known is the genetically modified Roundup-Ready Canola. Roundup is a very strong herbicide – a chemical used to kill plants. Canola is a cultivar (developed variety) of Rapeseed, and canola plants gives us canola oil. Monsanto makes Roundup, and a number of years ago they genetically engineered a type of canola to be resistant to Roundup. Farmers can plant Roundup-Ready Canola, and when the weeds start to interfere with the canola’s growth, the farmer can spray the fields with Roundup. Every plant in the field exposed to Roundup dies leaving the canola to keep growing unhindered. For years, the Roundup label stated that Roundup degrades over time, but, interestingly, this was recently taken off the label.
Since 1990, Monsanto has sued 145 farmers for “patent infringement”. Monsanto claims that farmers are using their GMO plants without paying for them. Many of these lawsuits have involved farmers who saved a small portion of their seeds from one harvest and planted them the next growing season. Monsanto claimed that they owned any life form that contains their Roundup Ready genes. All these farmers lost the lawsuits. They lost a lot of money. Sometimes they lost their farms. One of these farmers who refused to destroy the seeds he saved spent eight months in prison.
Monsanto’s GMO Corn has been linked to liver and kidney failure. Monsanto’s GMO corn has already been approved by the U.S. and Europe. The International Journal of Biological Sciences article author, Gilles-Eric Seralini, wrote in a response “Our study contradicts Monsanto’s conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs, or not proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the only careful reanalysis of Monsanto crude statistical data.” This is current and disturbing. Keep watching this to see where it goes.
GMO plants will feed the world.
Proudly touted by GMO corporations, but also false. A common fact understood by those in international humanitarian work is that there is plenty of food in the world to feed every human being. It is the governments and the wars and the tribes and the people who prevent the food from getting to the hungry. Hunger will not be solved by genes, but by people working together.
GMOs are safe. The FDA and USDA and EPA allow them. A government agency allowing something does not mean it is safe.
Unless you are growing all your own food or you are going out of your way to research and buy only non-GMO food, then you are likely eating some GM food. It is almost inevitable. Almost.
If GMO’s are created to benefit modern medicine with no side effects. Great that is part of Science and growth for mankind. If were harming each other, the environment, bees and other species then how is that good.
My advice? Read educate yourself, write to congress, sign petitions banning GMO’s, Boycott Monsanto owned companies, support local growers, farmers markets, if possible grow your own food.
We don’t need to feed our families ” Frankenfish” in my opinion its not worth the risk down an uncertain road.
If other countries have banned all together GMO’s, why don’t we????