What is GMO??
Dec. 12, 2012 2:12 am
Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 10:55 pm
Sorry I haven't kept up with this blog too well as my mother with dementia is now living with us and has taken a lot of my time. I feel that education about GMO foods that our government has pretty much hidden from the people of our country has to be spread
so that people know about it. Most people of other countries know more about this subject and have been able to stop, or at least have GMO foods labeled as such. Some countries have had GMO foods banned.
So just what is GMO and what does it mean. GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism" meaning that the DNA gene strand of the organism has been changed. This is much different than cross breeding different species. In cross breeding, only similar species
can be cross bred. For example, two different tomatoes can be cross bred to produce a new sub-species. A horse and a burro can be cross bred to produce a mule but they are similar in genetics. Crosses in simlar species happens naturally in nature. GMO organisms
are not something that can be created naturally.
GMO organisms are created by blasting the DNA, with a gene gun, of two dissimilar organisms together to produce a new organism. As an example, the DNA of a frog could be blasted into the DNA stands of fish to make it amphibious. Currently, scientist have no
way of knowing what parts of the DNA strands are destroyed when the strands are blasted together. So they have no way of predicting what parts of the DNA strands the resulting organism will contain. As for our foods, the DNA of BT, an insecticide, has been
blasted into the DNA of food plants to create a product that will kill insects without the use of insecticide. Bt kills insects by making them unable to digest food causing them to eventually starve to death. This is great for the farmer because they don't
have to use insecticides, but the BT bacteria is in every cell of the GMO plant. This means that GMO corn and soy has the BT bacteria, and this is eaten by both food animals and now, with the release of GMO sweet corn, people. We eat this BT bacteria in corn
and soy products, and also in any meat from animals that have been fed GMO grains. These grains include corn, soy, and, more recently, alfalfa.
Since the GMO organisms are living organisms, it is not fully known how the organisms will react when consumed. There is evidence in released studies that the new organisms can cross with gut bacteria of animals and people to produce new organisms. Studies
have shown that this may be linked to the increase of such diseases as Alzheimer's, cancer, ADHD/ADD, and a number of other diseases.
In the following posts, I will try to relate as much information on this subject as I can, but I strongly encourage everyone to do some research on their own. Most published research on this subject is from outside the U.S, as the United States government discredits
any adverse GMO research results in order to protect and support Monsanto. For me to relate all of the information I have found will be long and laborious. In future posts, I will try to give you enough information that you will be interested to do some research
on your own.