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/

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?

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!!!

Lower Class Loses in GMO Battle

Today, I’m going to take another particular angle on the GMO debate.  For more points, see other posts in my blog.

It is almost becoming exhausting… all the debate over GMO’s.  However, do you know what would be really troubling?  Imagine we had to take the low cost option of food off the shelves at our local grocery stores… simply because it incorporated GMO’s.  Also consider that removing GMO’s may reduce the supply of food significantly, driving prices higher than ever.

How would that impact our society?

Well, there has already been quite a trend since the recession… the rich get richer and the poor have gotten poorer.  Remove GMO’s from the grocery store shelves… and the trend is exponentially increased.  The fact remains that no one has scientifically proven GMO’s to be harmful.  Secondly, even if they were remotely harmful… the idea of crippling the ability of the lowest class of society from being able to afford food would be even worse.  The amount of funding for food stamps was reduced in the 2014 farm bill, and will continue to be reduced as pennies in congress are pinched.  Meanwhile, prices of food continue to go higher.  

Those who are left out of the conversation, are those who matter most.  Unless GMO’s are going to destroy the human race, or those of us in the middle to upper class are willing to pay for food subsidies for the lower class, we need low cost options on the shelves of our grocery store for the lower class to provide for their families.

Have any other suggestions?  

Also, did you know that crops have been genetically modified since the 1930’s?  Looks like it has really devastated the human race since then.  Wouldn’t you agree?  Check out that history here:  http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/crops_03.html

Feel free to post your thoughts!

Facts about Genetically Modified Crops, Bio-food, Biotechnology

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What have you been told about Bio-food and Biotechnology?  What are your thoughts about genetically modified crops?

On a weekly basis I run into people who talk about how bad GMO’s and Biofood is for us.  The funny thing though is that most of those people really have no facts, because they are simply believing the myths that the media circulates.  Look, the media has to get people’s attention to make money.  So even if they don’t know all the facts, and are not sure if its true, they will publish their thoughts anyways if its an interesting story.  Its how they make money.

Well I’m here to try and show each one of you the truths about GMO’s and Bio-food, so that you can feel confident in purchasing wholesome food for your family.

So do you want some facts about GMO’s and Biotechnology?  Well I found a great document that was put together by the United Soybean Board, check it out:  Myths About Agricultural Biotechnology and Biotech foods.

Truths about Biotech Food Being Safe:

If you look at the link above, you will find that the United Soybean Board did some research both in the United States, Europe, and Emerging Countries.  The European Union, which in the past has experienced high consumer anxiety over Genetically Modified food, along with the United Kingdom have both come forward and have found that Biotech Food is safer for human health than conventional methods.

What about Allergies and Antibiotic Resistance?

Truth is that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that food allergies have actually decreased since the introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) food.  GM food can be created in such a way that the allergy causing genes are removed, thus making food safer for consumption.  The EFSA has also found that GM food has not shown any increase to human antibiotic resistance.  The EFSA has found that antibiotic resistance is growing due to over-prescribed medication and medication dependency.  Interesting, is it not?

Truth:  Genetically Modified Food reduces Chemical Application

With the new Genetically modified seeds available to farmers, farmers use less pesticides.  Since we can now alter the seed genetic makeup to withstand disease and withstand being killed by stronger pesticides & herbicides, farmers use less chemicals than they did before.  The article shows that chemical applications have been reduced by 50% or more in most countries where GM crops are being grown.  That is great news for both humans and the environment!

Check out the rest of the article for more great facts.

Did this article help you feel more informed about GMO’s and the food you are eating?

Feel free to share your thoughts.