TED Talk: Science is Pro GMO

Here is a great TED talk a friend of mine posted on Facebook.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pass this along!

Here is a quote to summarize the TED Talk:

“Look, I’m not asking you to believe me. Science is not a belief system. My opinion does not matter.  Let’s look at the evidence. After 20 years of careful study and rigorous peer review by thousands of independent scientists, every major scientific organization in the world has concluded that the process of genetic engineering is as safe or safer as older methods of genetic modification.”

She ends: “What scares me most about the loud arguments and misinformation about plant genetics is that the poorest people, the people who most need the technology, may be denied access because of the fears and prejudices of those who have enough to eat.”

Check it out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qv29P4TKyo

Here is a link to the article as well:  http://blog.ted.com/why-genetic-engineering-of-plants-is-vital-for-food-security-pamela-ronald-speaks-at-ted2015/


McDonald’s Pushing For Human Antibotic Free Chicken

In a recent article I came across, McDonald’s is giving its meat suppliers two years to comply with supplying chicken that was grown free of human antibiotics.  The changes will have a cost impact associated with it, which seems to be put on the meat producers to deal with.  However, with McDonald’s size, they seem able to leverage this sort of change.  Check out the full article here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/03/proof-hes-the-science-guy-bill-nye-is-changing-his-mind-about-gmos/

Does this change your perspective of McDonald’s?  Is this just a PR stunt?  Comment below!

Bill Nye is Pro GMO!

In a recent article on the Washington Post, Bill Nye reversed his stance on GMO’s after investigating GMO’s at Monsanto.  In the article Bill Nye said he wanted to understand the science behind GMO’s and how they were being used.  What Bill learned was that science is just speeding up the genetic changes to plants as they breed over the years.  Bill concludes that since his visit to Monsanto, he will be an advocate for GMO’s and not against them.  To read more about this, see the article on the Washington Post’s website.

Link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/03/proof-hes-the-science-guy-bill-nye-is-changing-his-mind-about-gmos/

Where do you stand?  Do you understand the science?  Do you trust Bill Nye?  Comment below!

Jimmy Kimmel Live Talks about GMO’s

Hey everyone!  On Jimmy Kimmel’s show he showed a video of people his crew interviewed at a local farmer’s market to better understand what a GMO is.  If you think you could answer the question, before you watch the video, post in the comments below what GMO stands for and why its important.  Enjoy the clip!

Jimmy Kimmel Live:  What is a GMO?

Continuing articles on GMO’s

I found two more articles regarding GMO’s that I think all of you will find very interesting!  Check them out…

China backs GMO’s

Consumers confused about GMO’s

The cliff notes for these two articles is as follows:

China backs GMO’s:  The Chinese government is launching a media campaign to promote the good of GMO’s.  Problems with acceptance is causing the government and companies some big dollars now.  Companies are trying hard to ensure that all new GMO strains are being accepted.  China itself has also invested money into developing GMO’s for crops that grow in their climate, like Rice and Corn.

Consumers confused about GMO’s:  This article says similar things to one of my previous posts about GMO’s (How do we determine a GMO?).  It talks about the long history of GMO’s and research proving it having no health effects.

A good quote I heard this week I’d like to pass along as well… “people used to think the Earth was flat, today people think GMO’s are harmful.”  When will the public accept GMO’s?  After 30 years of history, which we already have… or 100 years?  What do you think?

Certified Humane App

A new App is available for people to locate Certified Humane meat.  What does that mean?  It means that an animal has to have been raised on a farm that has been certified to raise animals in a humane way according to HFAC.  Check out the article for more information.

Humane Farm Animal App Article

You can also access this next link for downloading the App:  Certified Humane App.

I am not advocating this App, nor am I discouraging its use at this time.  I think it is an interesting time-stamp in the humane animal treatment timeline of progress.  I think this is a good thing, however, as we all learned with the Affordable Care Act, it can mean well and end up doing harm.  We shall see how it effects this sector and this particular public issue.

One last link the article offers is about checking for Certified Humane near you:  Shop, Certified Humane.