What is a GMO you ask? GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”. Nationally acronyms GEO (genetically engineered organism) and GM (genetically modified) are also being used.
For approximately 30 or more years genetic engineering experiments and tests have been going on since the discovery of DNA and the creation of the first recombinant bacteria in 1973. Experimental tests began in the US and Cananda in the late 1980’s and approval for large scale cultivation arrived in the mid 1990’s. Since then, the knowledge of GM foods and the convenient, less expensive ways they grow have increased popularity with farmers and large corporations (unbenounced to the large general population).
Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that forces genetic information across the protective species barrier in a very unnatural way. Why be concerned? One of many good reasons is that these laboratory-created mutations are unlabeled, virtually untested and on grocery shelves everywhere.* (www.saynotogmos.org)
A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species.
*Science Talk* The term GM foods or GMOs is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content. The enhancement of desired traits has traditionally been undertaken through breeding, but conventional plant breeding methods can be very time-consuming and are often not very accurate. Genectic engineering, on the other hand, can create plants with the exact desired trait very rapidly and with great accuracy. For example, plant geneticists can isolate a gene responsible for drought tolerance and insert that gene into a different plant. The new genetically-modified plant will gain drought tolerance as well. Not only can genes be transferred from one plant to another, but genes from non-plant organisms also can be used. The best known example of this is the use of B.t. genes in corn and other crops. B.t., or Bacillus thuringiensis, is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins that are lethal to insect larvae. B.t. crystal protein genes have been transferred into corn, enabling the corn to produce its own pesticides against insects such as the European corn borer. For two informative overviews of some of the techniques involved in creating GM foods, visit Biotech Basics (sponsored by Monsanto)
Isn’t this scary?! It should be. In basic English, the practice of seed saving is non-existent, naturally cultivating the land, usual burn offs to restore nutrients to the land, natural plants and practices that keep bugs and fungus’s away is no more! These practices are also more expensive and time-consuming I might add. Instead, they are just planting seeds and constantly spraying plants with thousands of chemicals throughout the growing process to keep them looking good and growing at a faster rate. Or just planting genetically modified seeds and in addition spraying chemicals on them. And we are eating them?!?!?!
This is also why we have tons of cases of birth defects, off the charts increase in diseases like CANCER. (We all are wondering as a culture why everyone is dying of cancer) GMOS, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides are the cause of new toxins and poisonings, allergies, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies. This is all especially true in children since they are so small and the concentrated solutions are entering and altering their forming systems. These can also disrupt hormone systems within the body, obesity, developmental disorders, ADHD, breast cancer, autism, Parkinson’s – I mean truthfully, the LIST goes on and on! So if your concerned or know someone with these problems, it might be simply what they are eating on a day to day basis.
So click here http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/ to find out what’s on your food?!
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I could keep going but there is so much information, all you would need to do is read it yourself to fully understand what is going on. Also, watching the many documentaries that are out are very helpful.
Additionally, adding to the problem is the nation’s meat. Since the most popular, widespread food that is a GMO is corn, well…
Guess what many huge(evil) corporations are feeding it’s livestock? Yes, that’s right: corn. Why? It’s very cheap, it makes the animals grow anywhere from 3 to 10x their size at a very rapid pace. What does that mean? More money for these corporations of course. They have more meat they sell per animal faster than ever before. These packages also contain the least amount of nutrition and lean meat. They are feeding chickens, cows, pigs and even fish …corn! When usually, they would be eating a mostly vegetarian diet, full of nutrients we need with the outcome being nice lean healthy meat.
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