I became aware of the Vegan GMO website sometime ago during a debate about GMOs on the Moseley Vegans Facebook page. There wasn’t a lot on the site at that time and I ignored it as it was pretty inconsequential other than the fact there were vegans in this world who are pro-GMO. Yes Vegan GMO is a pro GMO website. Vegans come from all walks of life. However a couple of days ago I became embroiled in a Twitter discussion with a couple of the members of Vegan GMO. They are decidedly pro yet claim to be ‘open-minded about genetic engineering and biotechnology’. Vegan GMO are anything BUT open-minded. Continue reading
Thanks to the biotech industry’s relentless quest to control our food, McDonald’s, Burger King and even school cafeterias will soon be able to serve up apples that won’t turn brown when they’re sliced or bitten into. A new, almost entirely untested genetic modification technology, called RNA interference, or double strand RNA (dsRNA), is responsible for this new food miracle. Scientists warn that this genetic manipulation poses health risks, as the manipulated RNA gets into our digestive systems and bloodstreams. The biotech industry claims otherwise.
Of course, like any non-organic apple, the new GMO Arctic® Apple will be drenched in toxic pesticide residues, untested by the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA) and likely unlabeled. And of course these shiny new high-tech apples will be cheap, priced considerably lower than a pesticide-free, nutrient-dense, old-fashioned organic apple that turns a little brown after you slice it up. Continue reading
Mercola has done it again. Another beautiful article. This time he explains why GMOs are fundamentally wrong. The current simplistic approach to genetic engineering is just too simple to work without drastic unwanted consequences. Read on…
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho of the Institute for Science in Society… concluded that, by their very nature, there is no way GMOs (genetically modified organisms) can be safe.
The Greatest Danger of Genetic Modification
According to Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, genetic modification interferes fundamentally with the natural genetic modifications that organisms undergo in order to survive. Under natural circumstances, this is done in real time as “an exquisitely precise molecular dance of life.”
Genetic engineering, which assumes that one protein determines one particular trait, such as herbicide tolerance or insect resistance, and can easily be swapped out with another, with no other effects, is dangerously simplistic or, as Dr. Mae-Wan Ho says, “an illusion.” Continue reading
The Roundup Resistance page on Facebook is a mine of information concerning GMOs and the Monsanto monster. The name Roundup Resistance concerns the toxic herbicide that Monsanto sell. The genetic modification process as far as Monsanto is concerned is aimed at making their GM crops Roundup resistant. The weeds die, the crops survive.
Survive, is the right word as a huge amount of the nutrients are removed by glyphosate. Glyphosate has a strong chelating effect, drawing the nutrients from the soil. Also traces of glyphosate are abosrbed by the crop. The result is substandard, poor quality crops. Even with just this in mind, it is clear to see that GM crops are not the answer to food security concerns.
Concerns about the toxicity of glyphosate is intrinsic to GM crops. Roundup contains additional toxic chemicals. GM crops can barely be called food.
For more on this check out the Independent post from last week. The video of Moms Across America is very revealing.
There’s been an upsurge in pro-GMO rhetoric from coalition ministers recently. I’ve discussed this a lot. Yesterday’s GM crops post reported on a study on farm pigs which indicated the harm that a combination of GM feed can inflict on these animals over the course of their (very short) lifetime.
Independent Editorial: Time for a rethink on GM crops
Calls for an end to the ban on genetically modified crops are growing louder. Better still, it is no longer just scientists waving the flag for fast-growing, pest-resistant cereals. Now it is farmers. Thanks to the combined pressures of climate change, financial hardship and concern at being left behind by GM-friendly rivals across North and South America, the majority of Britain’s farmers are now avowedly “pro”.
The only problem is that the cultivation of GM crops is illegal in Britain, as it is across the EU. It is time for a rethink, and signs that the Government agrees are to be welcomed. The dire prophecies of Frankenstein foods have not come to pass. Meanwhile, better crops mean more food, more cheaply, and without many of the unsustainable consequences of industrial agriculture. It can only be hoped that farmers adding their voices to the chorus will help drag Europe into the modern, better-fed world.