Secret Reasons you Should be Concerned about GMOs
The genetically modified organisms (GMOs) problems lies inside and out. What is more threatening is that most people do not comprehend that these are already a health threat but still no one seems to bother. Domestication has also began to arise on which nearly every food that we eat has been modified over time. But first, do you really know what GMOs are?
GMOs are described as are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This is widely used in scientific research and to produce other goods. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’, defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs specifically, “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology”.
GMO is done using gene transfer technology which is simply a sophisticated version of a cut-and-paste operation. Once the desired gene is identified in the native organism’s genome, it can be cut out, transferred to the target plant, and pasted into its genome. Once the new gene has been introduced, the plant can be bred to create a new strain that passes the gene from generation to generation.
Nevertheless, a plant was created by Monsanto that can actually survive the spraying of Roundup. The Roundup kills all of the other plants, but it does not kill the GMO plants that are from Monsanto seeds. This is the problem with the GMO work done by Monsanto.
According to www.gmoinside.org, about 94 percent of the soybeans and 72 percent of the corn grown in the US are genetically engineered to be “Roundup Ready,” or able to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide or its generic form, glyphosate.
There are other GMO seeds from Monsanto that produce plants which kill the pests that eat the plants. The process is similar to what happens when a rat eats too much warfarin, a substance in human blood thinners. The pest ruptures because its circulation system has been compromised as stated in an article issued May 26, 2013 from Columbus Dispatch written by Carey Gilliam of the Reuters news group.
Roundup is sprayed and absorbed by the plants. Once the plants are harvested, we cannot escape the fact that we eat those plants that had absorbed the Roundup. Even if we do not eat those plants, think about the pigs, cows, chickens and other animals that ate the GMO corn and soybeans. Even more, the rains that fall on the fields that washed up the roundups then flows to the streams. Basically, it will still just end up to us.
Moreover, agri-business competitors spends hundreds of millions dollars per year advertising their products, paying off Congressmen and state representatives through the PACs and funding studies that assert their products are safe which includes Dow, DuPont, and BASF. Top executives at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also came from Monsanto, Dow and DuPont or their fellow chemical and agri-business competitors. As long as these relationships are maintained, we are not going to see GMO food content labeling, reclassification of GMO products as unfit for human consumption, or a real protection of our food and water supplies.
With the real thrill that are occurring right now such as the news about the banning of Russia of some of Montano’s GMO corn, the Chinese refusing delivery of the three shiploads of GMO grain, France that has done studies that made the European Union ban the US’ GMO grain shipments, what can we do now as an individual.
Let us not wait that the risk to human health, risk to the environment, the risk of farmers in developing countries, the risk to organic farmers, and our opposing right to know will increase in time. But let us shout out that we have the right to know, right to know what we are actually living on a world that is safe and worry free.