What is GMO? It's incredibly insane, evil, dangerous, destructive, a huge abuse of science with greed poured all over the top of it.
Allow me to start again with a better explanation of, what is GMO (genetically modified organisms aka genetic engineering/genetically engineered) it is organisms created through gene-splicing techniques. (biotechnology)
In a lab, DNA from one species is injected into another species which creates combinations of plants, animal, bacterial and viral genes that would not occur in nature or even traditional cross breeding methods.
However, we were told by the Biotech industry it would provide an increased yield, it would be drought tolerant, more nutritious and affordable….none of this has proven to be true. (genetically modified crops increased the use of herbicides by 383 million pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008, according to a report by the Organic Center)
Additionally, it has gone from GE crops to GE animals.
Hey honey, what’s for dinner tonight? Oh, I picked up some Frankenfish (Aqua Bounty Farms GE salmon) that looks delicious!!
Of course, I would have never known it since the U.S. Government refuses to require safety-testing or labeling, just happen to learn about it from the butcher.
(want to know what foods have GMO's? )
Consult the Non-GMO Shopping Guide for healthier eating
Why don't we know more about what's going into our food?
True of modern technology, greed sets in and abuse runs rampant (farmers and consumers have lost their rights) and there’s much more ugly truths than we were first sold.
Genetic engineers have transferred genes from a bacterium known as Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt into the DHA of corn.
Bt genes express a protein that kills insects and transferring the genes allows the corn to produce its own pesticide.
Other GMOs that are supposed to improve drought tolerance and disease resistance grow vaccines inside the vegetables. Practically all genetically engineered crops contain genetic material from viruses.
Research has shown that these virus genes may combine with genes from infected viruses.
The serious concern is, experimental evidence indicates the new viruses created in this way may be more infectious, cause more serious disease and may have a tendency to cross species borders.
GMOs continues through the widespread use of glyphosate herbicide used with herbicide tolerant GM corn, soybeans, canola and cotton has led to the creation of herbicide resistant weeds infesting millions of farmland acres throughout the U.S.
If you have read much on this site, most likely you’ve noticed my concern of various exposures on our little ones.
Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith writes the following….”Genetically Engineered Foods Pose Higher Risk for Children – Young, fast-developing bodies are influenced most – Children’s bodies develop at a fast pace and are more likely to be influenced and show the effects of genetically modified (GM) foods."
That is why independent scientist used young adolescent rats in the GM feeding studies, the rats showed significant health damage after only 10 days, including damaged immune systems and digestive function, smaller brains, livers and testicles, partially atrophy of the liver and potentially pre-cancerous cell growth in the intestines….
More published warnings regarding What Is GMO:
Mae-Wan Ho, biologist, Angela Ryan molecular biologist and Joseph Cummins, geneticist, have published a paper warning for the use of CaMV in crops.
"This virus gene, they write, has the potential to reactivate dormant viruses or create new viruses in all species to which it is transferred."
The development of cancer is another potential consequence.
The scientists “strongly recommend that all transgenic crops containing CaMV 35S or similar promoters should be immediately withdrawn from commercial production or open field trials.
All products derived from such crops containing transgenic DNA should also be immediately withdrawn from sale and from use for human consumption or animal feed.”
Even the Vatican and the Prince of Wales has spoken out and against GMOs.
In an interview with the magazine L’Osservatore Romano on January 5, 2012 a prominent member of the Vatican spoke out against genetically modified crops.
Cardinal Peter Turkson said that "genetically modified crops are a “new form of slavery,…….
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Prince of Wales strongly denounced the development of GM crops, accusing biotech companies of conducting a “gigantic experiment I think with nature and the whole of humanity which has gone seriously wrong.”
So what is GMO? It’s a wide reaching concern that has been banned in many countries.
However, in the U.S. it’s growing in momentum and apparently it’s none of our business what the Government is doing to our food.
Most of us buy vegetables not because we love them but because it’s the healthy thing to do….is it really though?
Taken from the article "How Zinc Deficiency May Contribute to Alzheimer's/ROUNDUP" (see link below) "One of the potential reasons for the skyrocketing increase in Alzheimer's may be related to rising glyphosate residues in our food supply. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, used in ever-increasing amounts on genetically engineered (GE) crops."
As we discussed in Dangers of Pesticides, our best remedies to the problem is growing our own garden, buying from our local farmers market and buy organic.
Keep in mind though, we can’t get away from GMOs with other products containing GMO ingredients. (crackers, cereal, cookies, chips, etc.)
If you have an opportunity or want to be pro-active, speak out against the use of GMOs.
If we continue to sit quietly,
accepting whatever the Government chooses to do, where’s it going to end? If you want to do something about this:
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