These are cultivated carrots. Look at how orange they are. Wanna check wild carrots?
Are GMO foods the next best hope for feeding our planet, or should we follow the example set by consumers in the European Union? The EU voiced an outcry about GMOs which reached such proportions that, in Aprilvirtually all major manufacturers publicly committed to stop using genetically modified ingredients in their European brands.
But on the other side of the GMO debate, there stands proponents that represent big agriculture and chemical industries that tout the overwhelming benefits of GM foods. Are their assertions and claims have any basis that GMOs are completely safe, or is it simply just hype?
Reduced need for herbicides Reduced need of pesticides Reduced greenhouse emissions as GMOs require less tillage or plowing, thus less use of fossil fuels Ability to manipulate foods to increase desirable components such as nutrients Increased production of food for starving third world countries.
These are certainly worthwhile goals, and humans have been successfully modifying the genetics of their food supply for centuries. The supporters assert that over a trillion GMO meals have been eaten, thus proving their safety.
The problem, of course, is that the new technology is far different from the hybridization and selection methods used in the past. Arpad Pusztai was called to speak before Parliament and went public with some very alarming research results.
Pusztai, a highly respected leader in the field with 35 years employment at the Rowett Institute in Scotland, had been given a UK government grant to design the long-term testing protocols that were supposed to be part of the European GM food safety assessment process.
When Pusztai fed rats genetically modified GM potatoes to produce a supposedly safe insecticide called the GNA lectin, all the animals showed pre-cancerous cell growths, smaller brains, livers and testicles, partially atrophied livers, and damaged to the immune system—with most changes appearing after just 10 days.
And that meant that all GM foods created from the same process, including those already on the market, might produce unintended ill effects. What happens when researchers step forward with their findings? According to Pusztai, when he expressed his concerns about GMO foods, he was fired and threatened with a lawsuit if he discussed his research.
His member research team was disbanded; the testing protocols were dropped, and a campaign was begun by pro-GM forces to discredit the study. Then an invitation to testify before Parliament allowed Pusztai to tell his story, and all hell broke loose. The estimated 10, sheep that died in India within days of grazing on GM cotton plants engineered to produce their own Bt-toxin pesticide.
The only human GM feeding study ever published, which shows that the foreign genes inserted into GM food crops can transfer into the DNA of our gut bacteria. What agencies oversee GMO production and testing?
Unless a processed food contains only organic ingredients, it is highly likely to contain GM ingredients. Agency scientists urged superiors to require long-term studies, but were not only ignored, their statements about possible negative effects of GMOs were progressively deleted from FDA policy statement drafts.
How are GMOs created?The research, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, is the result of a sweeping review of nearly publications on the effects of genetically modified crops.
That's good news for our food supply and the business of farming. Some GMOs are specially made to be packed with extra vitamins, minerals, and other health benefits.
For example, Swiss researchers created a strain of "golden" rice with a lot of beta-carotene, an antioxidant good for your eyes and skin.
Up to this point, we’ve been focusing on health concerns about GMOs. The stories of papaya, Bt, and Golden Rice demonstrate, in several ways, that these concerns are unfounded. A strong argument for GMO health safety. After more than 20 years of monitoring by countries and researchers around the world, many of the suspicions surrounding the effects of GMOs on organ health, our offspring, and our DNA have been addressed and tested (Figure 1).
The only way GM food could affect human health is if the modification somehow produce a protein product that was actively toxic to humans. Say what you want about corporate greed, but a big biotech company would never do that because that would cost them a lot of money in the lawsuits down the road.
GMOs have health benefits not health risks. Any plant or animal product is full of DNA that our body readily digests, messing with one or two genes isn’t going to impact human health. The.