There's no choice: we must grow GM crops now Feeding the swelling numbers of people on our planet is one of the most serious challenges facing our leaders today. By 2050, it is likely Earth's population will have reached 9 billion. Finding food for such numbers will not be easy. GMOs could cause 'irreversible termination of life' on Earth, risk expert warns (NaturalNews) When discussing the issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) -- that is, organisms bearing the genetic traits of other species or bacteria -- the focus is typically on how safe (or unsafe) these novel, food-like products are for humans. But distinguished risk engineer and two-time best-selling author Nassim Taleb thinks an even bigger problem with GMOs is their threat to the planet, and the statistical likelihood that they will eventually lead to the collapse of life on Earth. In a new study, which is still in draft form, this professor of risk engineering from New York University uses statistical analysis to make the case that GMOs, by their very nature, will disrupt the ecosystems of this planet in ways that mankind is only just beginning to comprehend.
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The Good, Bad and Ugly about GMOs - Natural Revolution There is a mountain of information about GMOs, (genetically modified organisms) spot checking several research articles a PubMed search that appears to confirm the seriousness of this issue. With the mounting evidence that GMOs pose a risk, we ask the question: Are GMO foods the next best hope for feeding our planet or should we follow the example set by consumers in the European Union, whose outcry reached such proportions that, in April 1999, virtually all major manufacturers publicly committed to stop using genetically modified ingredients in their European brands? The Case for GMOs According to the GMO industry, there are many good reasons to use GMOs:
Most Nations in the World Have No GMO-Free Platform To Protect Their Citizens May 31, 2012 Most Nations in the World Have No GMO-Free Platform To Protect Their Citizens Unless you live in the dozen or so nations in the world who have declared GMO (genetically modified organism) bans, then you're likely eating GMO. Eating organic is your best chance of avoiding GM foods, but it's almost impossible to avoid them entirely, especially if you're living in a country that doesn't restrict their cultivation, import or export. The United States, Canada, China, UK, Australia, Mexico, and most of South America, Asia and Africa have no formal GMO-free platforms and their use is typically unrestricted and widespread. Nations with no formal GMO-Free platform (in red). Rebecca Rupp: I’m Pro-GMO and Here’s Why – The Plate: Rebecca Rupp We all know that there are topics that are best to avoid at public dinners. Religion and politics usually top the list because we’ve all seen the awful effect these can have on family Thanksgivings. Invasive inquiries about age, weight, and personal finances are no-nos, and asking someone if they’re pregnant, especially if they’re not, can be a fast track to social disaster. Increasingly, though, these days, another addition to the to-be-avoided list is the touchy subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—predominately in the form of bioengineered foods.
There is no stopping the GMO labeling movement, admits mainstream media (NaturalNews) It is a war for the truth, and NationalGeographic.com writer Laura Parker seems to think that the people are winning it. Awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is clearly on the rise nationwide, and in the midst of this knowledge boon comes the admission by some in the mainstream media that mandatory GMO labeling is no longer a question of if, but of when. Numerous states have attempted to pass GMO labeling legislation in recent years, but only a few have been successful.
Genetic Engineering Companies This is a short list of some of the commonly known private companies that are developing genetically engineered crops. It is not an exhaustive list of all companies, but it should help you get familiar with some of them. Also, genetic engineering in agriculture is not exclusively done by private companies – many public organizations and nonprofits are also developing the technology. The Big Six These six companies are the major players in agricultural genetic engineering in the private sector. Many of them have extensive plant breeding operations across the world, and then add transgenic traits to the varieties they breed.
Find Out Which Companies You Support When Buying Organic So you and your family and friends have been buying organic food at the grocery store for several years now. When you’re at your parents’ house, suddenly you find organic kale in the fridge instead of canned green beans in the cupboard. Your sugar, flour, milk, and butter all bear the USDA’s seal certifying that they were produced in accordance with the federal organic standards. You’re not alone!