GM foods

Jessica - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I just wanted to put this out there because i came across some misinformation in another thread stating that GM causes our foods to be filled with pesticides and herbicides when this is not the case! In fact, if genetic modification got the funding it deserved, we would be able to significantly reduce poverty and famine in the world in just a few short years whilst eventually we may be able to make even chocolate as healthy as spinach without compromising on the taste! Imagine chicken flavored sprouts that the kids would be begging you to make every sunday lunch!!! :D

http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/healthissues/f...

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Jessica - posted on 03/19/2010

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I couldn't watch the video as I reside in the UK and they only transmit it in the US (or something along those lines lol).

"One study showed evidence of damage to the immune system and vital organs, and a potentially pre-cancerous condition."

"As of January 2009 there has only been one human feeding study conducted on the effects of genetically modified foods. The study involved seven human volunteers who had previously had their large intestines removed. These volunteers were to eat GM soy to see if the DNA of the GM soy transferred to the bacteria that naturally lives in the human gut. Researchers identified that three of the seven volunteers had transgenes from GM soy transferred into the bacteria living in their gut, though none of the gene transfers occurred during the course of the study. In volunteers with complete digestive tracts, the transgene did not survive passage through intact gastrointestinal tract.[64] Anti-GM advocates believe the study should prompt additional testing to determine its significance"

"Genetic engineering can also produce unforeseen and unknown allergens in foods"

"In the mid 1990s Pioneer Hi-Bred tested the allergenicity of a transgenic soybean that expressed a Brazil nut seed storage protein in hope that the seeds would have increased levels of the amino acid methionine. The tests (radioallergosorbent testing, immunoblotting, and skin-prick testing) showed that individuals allergic to Brazil nuts were also allergic to the new GM soybean.[67] Pioneer has indicated that it will not develop commercial cultivars containing Brazil nut protein because the protein is likely to be an allergen"

Meaning the allergic reactions occur because you are already allergic to that specified gene.

"In 2010 three scientists published a statistical re-analysis of three feeding trials that had previously been published by others as establishing the safety of genetically modified corn.[59][60][61] The new article claimed that their statistics instead showed that the three patented crops (Mon 810, Mon 863, and NK 603) developed and owned by Monsanto cause liver, kidney, and heart damage in mammals.[62] A previous re-analysis of part of this data by the same group of scientists was assessed by a panel of independent toxicologists in a study funded by Monsanto and published in the journal Food and chemical toxicology, the reviewers reported that the study was statistically flawed and providing no evidence of adverse effects"

Anyway, I agree in one aspect, that we could do a lot more research and subject testing (humans that is) in this area. As it is the type of funding put into it is company based. I believe that if it was government based we would have a lot more specific data on this and then in say 5-10years it would indisputable either way. I found with the first few sights that they implied GM was adding chemicals rather than just DNA (that's how it came across to me personally). I also found that the sites were very biased and didn't give me the assurity that an unbiased site would. That is why I love Wikipedia lol. Although the research and testing is still in the early stages (relatively speaking), I feel that there is incredible potential for GM and all for pushing it forward.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically...

http://www.sirc.org/gate/gm_food.html

http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/a...
I find this article to be more biased but it's an interesting read nonetheless.

Jessica - posted on 03/19/2010

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Thanks for the links. Give me a chance to read them all and get back to you.

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