There's no choice: we must grow GM crops now | Observer editorial | Comment is free | The Observer 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. Science will not solve the problem on its own, of course, but clearly it has a key role to play. Without new technologies, future generations will starve. To help pinpoint the most promising of these new technologies, politicians need to encourage new food-related research by creating a bureaucratic environment in which the best approaches can be evaluated speedily and effectively. The situation is unacceptable, a point that was stressed last week by a group of government science advisers who warned that European rules covering the growing of GM crops are no longer fit for purpose. The report, prepared by leading UK plant researchers, is to be warmly welcomed. We have a great deal to gain from growing GM crops. Not everyone will agree, of course.
Florida Seafood Mail-Order Companies: Florida Seafood and Aquaculture Search Our Recipes View Fresh From Florida TV Commercials! Meet Chef Justin! Chef Justin Timineri is the culinary ambassador and executive chef for the State of Florida. Learn more about Chef Justin Like us on Facebook Seasonal Pick Garlic Shrimp and Fried Green Tomatoes 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. "Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs fall squarely under [the precautionary principle]... because of their systemic risk on the system," explains Taleb. Sources for this article include:
How to Avoid GMOs (for real) - Mama Natural In the U.S., GMOs are everywhere in our supply chain. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, 75-80% of all conventional, processed foods contain some form of GMOs. In this post, I’ll tell you how to avoid them. First, a bit of background GMOs are plant or meat products with DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants,Â animals,Â viruses, orÂ bacteria, resulting in foreign compounds found in these foods. In this post, I’m not going to argue the merits of going GMO-free. Bottom line, if you chose to consume GMOs, that’s yourÂ prerogative. Going GMO-free ain’t easy This post is a response to the concerned mamas who watchedÂ this video about GMOs in surprising places. You know that USDA Certified Organic symbol? Organic is big business, and money corrupts the process. But I digress… let’s get down to brass tacks. How to avoid GMOs On a budget? Guaranteed Offenders: Surprising “safe” foods: TomatosPotatoesWheat What about eating out? This is a great non-GMO list.
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Study: Roundup Ready GM soybeans accumulate poison more than equivilant non-GM soybeans (NaturalNews) Biotech proponents are fond of proclaiming how little difference there is between typical crops and their genetically engineered varieties - but fresh findings show that not everything is created equal after all. Researchers from the GenOk Centre for Biosafety in Norway outright rejected the widespread claim that GM soybeans are "substantially equivalent" to non-genetically engineered soy crops after comparing the nutritional make-up and contamination levels of genetically modified, conventional and organic varieties of soy. The scientists' new paper, published in Food Chemistry and titled "Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans" (available online ahead of print), reveals startling research that examines the significant differences that could be posed by eating genetically engineered foods, despite the fact that they look identical to non-GM versions. Sources for this article include:
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: Reduced need for herbicidesReduced need of pesticidesReduced greenhouse emissions as GMOs require less tillage or plowing, thus less use of fossil fuelsAbility to manipulate foods to increase desirable components such as nutrientsIncreased production of food for starving third world countries. The big question: “Are GMOs safe?” Dr.
Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan Learn more about carrageenan. If you suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms that improved or disappeared after cutting carrageenan from your diet, fill out a questionnaire to help us and medical researchers better understand the effects of carrageenan on public health. Always check ingredient lists carefully, and note that ingredients are not required by law to be listed on alcoholic beverages, which may contain carrageenan. In fact, carrageenan is commonly used to clarify beer but is not listed on the label. If you come across organic products and/or brands utilizing carrageenan that are not yet listed, please forward specific information to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all brands listed with an asterisk (*) supply products both with and without carrageenan. Organic Dairy Dairy Alternative – many of these popular brands are “natural” (conventional) and therefore not organic Organic Nutritional Drinks & Supplements Organic Deli Meat Organic Dips Organic Juice Meat
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. Nations with no formal GMO-Free platform (in red). The image above is a shocking reminder of how we have allowed biotech industries to take over our planet. If you're new to the dangers of GM foods, here are the 7 biggest reasons to avoid them. NORTH AMERICA The United States is the leader in GM cultivation and now grows mostly GM varieties of corn, canola and soy. More than 30 of Monsanto's directors, CEOs, VPs, board members, managers, scientists, attorneys and consultants also hold Federal Positions within the US government.
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. Impassioned rhetoric between pro-GMO and anti-GMO camps brings to mind the murderously hostile Montagues and Capulets, Campbells and MacDonalds, and Hatfields and McCoys. So—I might as well be right up front here—I’m pro-GMO. Everything is Genetically Modified, Always Since the dawn of agriculture, human beings have done nothing but genetically modify their food. GMOs Aren’t All That Odd To a lot of people, GMOs sound freaky.