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GMO's: Silent Killer or Necessity?

 

 

Before you get in an uproar and send me a bunch of hate mail, please hear me out. You all know that I am a huge proponent of NATURAL HEALTH so am I actually going to be supporting Monsanto and their GMO's? Not hardly. However, GMO may not be exactly what you think. I started this blog over a year ago and didn’t know where I wanted to go with it, still don’t.  There is just so much to weed through, no pun intended.  I am going to go over only a few things here and hope that this will prompt you to do more of your own research.   Good or bad is subjective. It is going to depend on what side of the coin you are on and if you stand to profit from it.

 

What does the term GMO mean? 

GMO stands for 'genetically modified organism'.  According to wikipedia, "Genetically modified crops (GM crops or biotech crops) are plants used in agriculture, the DNA of which has been modified using genetic engineering methods. In most cases, the aim is to introduce a new trait to the plant which does not occur naturally in the species."

 

Not all genetic engineering is bad.  Many believe hybridization can be considered a form of genetic engineering.  There is a problem though, the new technology is far different from the hybridization and selection methods used in the past.  So, depending on what kind of modification is happening, GMO’s can be a very bad thing.

 

How are GMO's created?

"The way GMOs are created disrupts the plant’s DNA in unintended, potentially harmful ways. In genetic engineering, a single gene is removed from one organism and forcibly inserted into another. First, scientists identify the gene they want and analyze its sequence. (If the source gene is to be taken from bacteria, some of its sequence has to be rearranged because bacteria produce certain amino acids using a code different from the one used by plants)." (1)

 

"After figuring out a working gene sequence, engineers add a promoter sequence at one end of the gene to turn it on (the most popular one in GM crops being CaMV 35S, which forces the gene to constantly churn out the protein), and a terminator sequence at the other end (which tells the DNA to stop). Lastly, scientists add a marker gene, usually one that confers antibiotic resistance, so they can later douse the plant cells with antibiotics, killing off normal cells and revealing those that have been genetically modified. This combination of gene sequences – called a “gene cassette” – is then multiplied into millions and inserted into