GMO Frankenstein Food

Last weekend I was interviewed for a nationwide sports network. The topic was GMO foods. The questions were logical, such as what does GMO mean? What is it for? What are the good points and what are the bad? The interviewer had looked at my background, credentials and the Engelman Health Institute website and must have assured himself that I would hate even the concept of GM foods.

I am trying to have my blog readers become critical thinkers. By now you should have realized that most everyone who makes the most noise and is the most dogmatic, has an ax to grind or a financial dog in the hunt. Please think for yourself. I have no dog in the GMO hunt.

GMO stands for genetically modified organism. This means that the organism's original genome is artificially genetically modified. This could be adding a gene or multiple genes or perhaps removing or silencing genes. What the genome does is give the organism it's physical characteristics and behavior.

Why in the world would scientists put a cold water fish gene in a strawberry? The reason is to allow the strawberry to withstand cold weather. The advantage of a strawberry that can withstand cold weather is obvious. That strawberry is now officially GMO. Is that a bad thing? It all depends. Does the new gene affect other strawberry genes? Does it make it more difficult to digest or possibly cause a new food allergy?

What about spider genes in goats, cow genes in pigs, or jelly fish in pigs?

If you cross a horse with a donkey you get a mule, which is infertile.

The big argument is that nature does not want us to cross species.

We have been breeding plants and animals for probably thousands of years in order to change or improve the next generation. This includes grafting different trees, breeding plants together, cross breeding animals and hybridizing seeds. In the US 94% of Soy, 90% of Cotton, 90% of Canola Oil, 90% of Sugar Beats and 88% of Corn are Genetically Modified.

GM foods are modified to be heartier, withstand pests and pesticides and yield higher output, to name a few.

The argument for GMO is that the worlds huge population needs to be fed.

The other side of the argument is we don't know the harmful long term or short term effects of what genetic modifications are creating.

I could not find one human study that pointed directly to negative health effects of GMO foods. I can certainly think of at least one. GMO plants are able to withstand more pesticides. I try my hardest not to eat pesticide-treated foods.

So please be a critical thinker. Before you make a statement or take a stand, do your own research.

GMO is a perfect example . If you have the money and time, of course you would buy organic and probably avoid GM foods. But if you are hungry or starving and the choice is GM foods or nothing. Come on!

Life is not a slogan, much less black and white.

Take a few deep healing breaths and let yourself think. Please.

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