Posts Tagged by GMO

GMO and Antibiotic resistance

What on earth would GMO have to do with Antibiotic Resistance? Here is the answer. When a gene X is needed to be inserted into the target organism cell, it is done by tossing the isolated desired gene X into the pool of the target organism cells. Next, this pool is “shocked” by various methods (with […]

Process of making GMO is not safe

We need to change the way how we discuss GMO. Instead of evaluating the kind of genetic change, we as a society need to become more aware of the harmful consequences of the genetic modification process in general. Attention to other biologists: there is some amount of oversimplification in this article for the sake of […]

Refresher video “Organic” vs “Natural”

Here is a great refresher video about the differences between “Organic” and “Natural”. Before you watch this video clip, make sure to read and compare the formal USDA definitions: Label “Natural” is used to highlight specific natural aspect of the product. To be legal, the label must explain the use of the term natural (such […]

Amish food quality review

American mainstream culture considers Amish grown food to be something simple, wholesome, just off the 18th century pastoral image in a museum. Amish people live very simple life, dictated by “the order”, or Ordnung. Being a product of the past, Ordnung does not have any regulations or concerns about the use of pesticides and herbicides. […]

Transgenic BT crops hook farmer on GMO seeds.

Transgenic BT crops damage insect community structure in the field. While lowering the need for chemicals to be applied to control major insect pests, beneficial organisms on the GMO field are less stable than that of regular crop field. Iit is much easier for minor insect pests developing to be major pest. A farmer willing to […]

GMO Abroad

  The following countries have banned GMO food: Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Germany and Luxembourg (From: EU GOV), India (From:Associated Press) and Venezuela. Note 1: one of the leaked US diplomatic cables call for economic retaliation against countries that ban GMO food (From: US Consular via Wikileaks). Note 2: US formally treats GMO foods as safe. GMO Labeling is optional in US (From:Dept […]

“Terminator” gene

“Terminator” gene: On March 3, 1998, a U.S. patent was granted to the Delta and Pine Land Company and the Agricultural Research Service of USDA for a method of genetically engineering plants to produce sterile seed. This technology, called the “technology protection system,” was subsequently dubbed the “terminator” gene technology. It has since received wide publicity. The terminator gene is likely […]

Effects of GM corn on mammalian health

A comparison of the effects of three GM corn varieties on mammalian health. (From: NIH and IJBS). Here is an abstract of the research. We present for the first time a comparative analysis of blood and organ system data from trials with rats fed three main commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize (NK 603, MON 810, MON 863), […]

About Genetically Modified foods (GMO)

About Genetically Modified food (GMO) Note: per definition, Organic food does not contain genetically modified ingredients, as per Section 205.105 of the National Organic Standards. (From USDA: link 1 and link 2) There are multiple aspects that should be considered when talking about GMO. First one has to do with the way how new genes […]

Label reading 101

Let’s see what all of those confusing labels really mean. Note: there are numerous products on the market that show round green logos with some text inside. Some people mistake it with Organic logo; if you don’t read, it does look a little bit like the real Organic logo “Organic” with green circular USDA Certified […]

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