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GMO news!!!

Daily Mail published an article on the 24th about a toxic gene being discovered in GMO crops!!!

  • EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene
  • 54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene
  • Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs
  • Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful


The crops they were discovered in is mostly used for animal feed but nevertheless – you are what you eat – the plant carrying the viral gene is fed to the animal which then humans consume – it carries on and makes the way to human organism in the end affecting it in one way or another. They claim that it has not been proven to be toxic for neither animals nor humans, but thinking back, they have fed the animals with GMO feed for at least 25 years – can we really say we are healthier now than we were back then? I would rather say human kind is on the downslide of healthiness and cannot withhold myself from making the connection. 

From the article I can but conclude that corporations only wish to make money and therefore deny all that suppresses them from doing so.

  • Full article here!

GMO

GMO – genetically modified organism is an organism which’s DNA has been altered by genetic engeneering techniques. It has been done with fish, mammals, plants, yeast, bacteria and insects so far but the most relevant to us is probably what they do to the plants – our food (directly or indirectly) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism). It is quite a hot topic nowadays. There are different opinions about GMO, it was first mostly welcomed warmly as it was seen as a way to beat famine, another green revolution because you could modify a plant to be more nutritious, have a better taste, be resistant to diseases, have longer shelf-life etc etc. Ie make it a lot better. Or so it would seem.

The truth is, when modifying a plant’s genes, we could never know what effects it has on the whole system when we aim to change just a wee part of it. Our knowledge about genetics, take for example our own genetics is still so much unfamiliar area to us that it’s swimming in the vast deep – we barely know what we’re doing. Thus GMO can also be seen as playing God and changing nature the way it’s not meant to be changed. We cannot be sure if GMO is healthy at all even if it has increased nutritional value per piece. Genetic engeneering has been known to us for only 40 years. Looking at alternative sciences, how many hundreds of years have they been around and the major discoveries being done now, we are not even merely grasping the idea of genetics, yet we play with such powerful tools without having a clue of its long-term consequences. 

Genetically modified crops are mostly grown in Americas – USA, Canada, Argentina and Brazil. The most genetically modified plants are maize (corn), soybeans, sugarbeet (and cotton). 

Most of the modified foods are grown for animal feed. In European Union Food and feed must carry a label which refers to the presence of GMOs. However, these labelling requirements do not apply to food/feed which contains, consists of, or is produced from GMOs in a proportion no higher than 0.9 % of the food/feed ingredients considered individually and if this presence is adventitious or technically unavoidable.’ In EU there are other regulations as well because as you read the lables – there aren’t many that say it contains GM stuff, therefore I reckon that either companies are just not doing it and disobeying the law, or that there is actually nearly no GM organisms used in food producing here. (http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/biotechnology/gmo_intro_en.htmIn the US, however, GM is very much allowed in the human products and companies are not obliged to mark it down anywhere if item contains GM or not. 
Why I chose to write here about the matters of GMO is because there were two articles published recently regarding taking action to reducing amounts of GM in our foods.

1) Poland is the eighth country in the EU to ban Monzanto maize which is a type of GM corn (full article here: http://www.setyoufreenews.com/2013/01/03/poland-becomes-eighth-eu-country-to-… ) 
As a result of bans on cultivation of genetically modified crops, that were introduced by the government today, from January 28 2013, planting GMO crops will not be allowed. Many environmental organizations as well as farmers and scientists can see it as a success, pointing out that it is not yet the final step to eliminate GMOs from the environment and from our food.’

2) In New Mexico, US,  they are trying to legislate mandatory GM labelling and even though there are many problems with the Prop 37, the action has resulted in raising awareness about these matters. (Full article: http://naturalsociety.com/next-prop-37-new-mexico-law-calls-for-mandatory-lab… )
‘The New Mexico bill, which was introduced by State Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe), goes into debate this year and will likely be hit (in a similar manner to Prop 37) with a ton of corporate-backed roadblocks. Nevertheless, it’s statistically what the consumers want. Over 90 percent of United States citizens have repeatedly voiced their support of GMO labeling legislation. And that’s using very conservative figures; many show 96% or higher.’
So far Maryland, North Dakota, Montana, Burlington, Vermont, Boulder, Colorado and San Fransisco are the only towns and states who have taken action against GM organisms in human everyday food.  (http://www.purezing.com/living/toxins/living_toxins_gmofoods.html

But, changes are made step by step with the citizens’ initiation, mostly. Therefore – what a better way to make the world a better place than to start raising awareness of such matters amongst your friends, for example 🙂
In any event, I wanted to let you know that such articles exist and I hope this wee post has been informative.
Keeping you posted in 2013 as well,
Eli