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/

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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!

Genetically Modified Pets

In previous posts, we have provided definition to Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).  I asked for comments regarding what you consider to be a GMO.  Did you consider that your pets could be genetically modified?  Just like plants, and other animals, pets are, and have been, bred for the best characteristics for family environments.

We select the best dogs and cats to breed and continue breeding specific pets with specific attributes to achieve good natured animals.  Is it also fair to say that breeding a plant with another plant that is more drought resistant would be a good thing to do, especially when it helps put food on the table for people all over the world?  Did you even consider that your pet is a genetically modified organism?  Dogs didn’t just become domesticated, fun-loving animals over night.  Golden Retrievers did not just become “non-shedding” Goldendoodles all of a sudden.  It is due to selective breeding.  The same tactic that is being used in many agricultural environments all over the world.

What are your thoughts to my article today?  Are you against GMO’s?  You’d be surprised what all you are really against then.  Preventing world hunger, domesticated animals, etc…

Please comment with your thoughts!

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?

How do we determine a GMO?

Please re-read the title of the post and comment below on how you think a GMO should be determined…  Thanks!  Keep everything respectful and everyone’s opinions are welcome!

When we look back at the history of the world and look at the history of agriculture, we start to see a selective process develop.  Agriculture was the end of nomadic period for human history.  With the beginning of agriculture, the beginning of selective breeding and reproduction for plants and animals was upon us.  For thousands of years since, humans have discovered that by selective breeding and reproduction, we could continue specific traits and eliminate traits we did not want.  A good producing cow was mated with a good strong bull who had a history of producing good quality cows.  The process became ever more easier with the advancements in technology in the 20th century.  Books like the Hoard’s Dairyman were, and still are, devoted to the best of the best sires and dams (males and females) in the Dairy Industry.  The goal?  Farmers want to increase their income, and feed the human race, through more productive cows, so they breed accordingly!  With the latest technology in plant breeding, we see huge advancements in plant selection and reproduction.

So where exactly do we draw the line on what is a Genetically Modified Organism?  Farmers have been planting corn varieties next to each other, that when mixed, produce great yields since the turn of the 20th Century.  The Ag industry today refers to these as Hybrid crops.  Is hybrid corn a GMO?  Is a cow, bred with such selective intent on specific features, a GMO?

Where is the line drawn between an organic or all natural animal or plant?  I am looking forward to you continuing the conversation in the comments below!!!