Did you know:
Do you know what GMO’s are? A genetically modified organism (GMO) is a bacteria, yeast, insect, plant, fish, or mammal whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. GMOs are used in biological and medical research, production of pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine (e.g. gene therapy), and agriculture (e.g. golden rice, resistance to herbicides).
In agriculture, currently marketed genetically engineered crops have traits such as resistance to pests, resistance to herbicides, increased nutritional value, or production of valuable goods such as drugs (pharming). Products under development include crops that are able to thrive in environmental conditions outside the species’ native range or in changed conditions in their range (e.g. drought or salt resistance). Products that existed and have been withdrawn include those with extended product shelf life, such as the Flavr-savr tomato.
Since the first commercial cultivation of genetically modified plants in 1996, they have been modified to be tolerant to the herbicides glufosinate and glyphosate, to be resistant to virus damage (as in Ringspot virus-resistant GM papaya grown in Hawaii), and to produce the Bt toxin, an insecticide that is documented as non-toxic to mammals. Plants, including algae, jatropha, maize, and poplars, have been genetically modified for use in producing fuel, known as biofuel.
Second- and third-generation GM crops are on the market and under development with improved nutrition profiles and increased yields or ability to thrive in difficult environments. GM oilseed crops on the market today offer improved oil profiles for processing or healthier edible oils. Other examples include:
- A genetically modified cassava with lower cyanogen glucosides and enhanced with protein and other nutrients;
- Golden rice, which was developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and has been discussed as a possible cure for Vitamin A deficiency;
- A vitamin-enriched corn derived from South African white corn variety;
- Camelina sativa that accumulates high levels of oils similar to fish oils.
For discussions of issues about GM crops and GM food, see the Controversies section below and the article on genetically modified food controversies.
Do you know what all of this means?? Do you know what Round Up Weed Killer is? You know, that really powerful weed killer that people use to do just that, kill weeds? IT’S IN EVERYTHING WE EAT! It’s in the seeds that the farmers use to plants the crops that are on the shelves in the supermarkets. It’s in the dinner you are serving to your kids. It’s in that processed food you are making because you are too busy to cook. It’s at the drive thru. It’s everywhere. How could that even be good for us?????? Guess what? It’s not!
A good friend of mine posted this video awhile back, and resent it to me on friday after I posted my blog about the food industry and Cliff Walsh’s book (which everyone should read!), and I wanted to share it with everyone because her story is just like all of ours. I think it’s important to hear, and think about. Another great documentary about GMO’s is titled: GMO OMG. It’s currently available on Netflix. Watch it. We need to start making changes. We need to head back to our roots. We need to get back to the natural way of life. Regain our health, ourselves.