Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically Modified Organisms: quite simply is when the DNA structure (genetics) of a plant of animal (organism) is changed (modified) to produce a crop that it produces fruit with less water; always has the stripes and coloration that is most appealing to the consumer. So that insects don't recognize the plant as eatable; they include insecticide in the DNA or remove part of the DNA chain and replace it with animal, (seen any penis's in bell peppers lately? AH, now you'll notice...)

This is not the same as selective farming, where the farmer finds the plants that are most suited to produce successful crops on his soil and his environment, GMO was one of the first and most successful uses of understanding DNA 60 years ago.

We are currently being offered many alternatives to traditional crops: plants are being grown in water tubes with chemical additives to the water to supply the plants with nutrients, some in the sun and some in warehouses under florescent lights (they can be called 'organic' as organic only has demands on the soil the plants are grown in); we have cloned sheep; farmed fish, to name a few. Over time, some of these have proven to be undesirable and I don't find this to be a totally black and white issue.

First and foremost I eat for my intestines, my intestines house more bacteria in one inch that the total number of humans that have lived on the planet and I respect those bacteria and give them what they need to maintain my maximum good health. My main concern with GMO's is that I do not want them to disrupt my good and healthy bacteria.

French scientists have published the results of the first ever long-term study on the health effects on lab rats of Monsanto's GMO corn and its best-selling herbicide, Roundup. According to the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, rats fed a lifetime diet of GMO corn and the herbicide-tolerant GM corn, or given water containing Roundup in amounts considered safe in drinking water and GM crops in the US, suffered tumors, multiple organ damage and premature death.

The study drew some criticism for its methodology. But it highlighted the fact that we know very little about the long-term health consequences of a GMO-laden diet. It also raised this critical question: Why are GMOs allowed in our food, without our knowledge, when it's clear that they have not been proven safe?

1. GMOs have never been proven safe. The FDA conducts no independent testing of GMOs, but instead claims that they are "not substantially different" from non-GMO foods.

2. The biotech industry is not required to conduct long-term safety studies on GMOs, and it keeps researchers from conducting those tests by claiming the right to protect its patented seeds and technologies.

3. GMOs are everywhere. Today, most non-organic US corn, soy, cotton and sugar beets - which are used in most of the sweeteners and additives used by food processors - are genetically engineered. So is the feed fed to the animals you eat. In fact, 75 - 85% of the processed food in your grocery store contains unlabeled GMOs.

4. The companies who want you to believe GMOs are safe are the same ones who lied to you about Agent Orange and DDT.

5. GE (Genetically Engineered) crops are responsible for super weeds and super bugs, soil degradation, and lack of diversity - which makes crops and humans more susceptible to disease.

6. The only folks who don't want you to know what's in your food are huge corporations like Monsanto, Dow AgriScience, BASF and food conglomerates like Pepsi and Coca-Cola - who along with other biotech, pesticide and processed food manufacturers have donated nearly $33 million to defeat Prop 37.

7. Labeling GMOs will do nothing more than allow the consumer to make an informed choice and quite possible end Monsanto's monopoly of our food supply and destruction of our health and environment.

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