Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Genetically Modified Foods

GMO's (aka Genetically Modified Organisms). Genetic modification involves the insertion or deletion of genes from the DNA molecule in plants, animals, and microorganisms. To do this artificially may require attaching a virus to it or manually inserting extra DNA into the nucleus with a very small syringe (example : gene cloning).
"Genes from other plants, viruses, bacteria, animals, etc. are inserted into the genes of certain products such as corn to make them more stable and resistant to drought, disease and pesticides." (source)

In 2002, 68% of all genetically modified crops were grown by U.S farmers.

Examples of GMO's in the US:
  • Rats and human genes in trout : link

  • Spider genes in goats : link
  • human genes in corn and rice : link
  • Fish genes in tomatoes : link

  • Corn or cow genes in salmon : link

The FDA is considering approving genetically engineered salmon "transgenic fish", from a company called AquAdvantage, for human consumption. This will be the first genetically engineered animal approved as food. This information was made public today. On a 2007 FDA docket about AquAdvantage transgenic salmon, Professor Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho concluded that "Foods derived from genetically modified animals are likely to be contaminated by potent vaccines, immune regulators, and growth hormones, as well as nucleic acids, viruses, and bacteria that have the potential to create pathogens and to trigger cancer." (source)

Check it out for yourself. AquAdvantage. It's all about productivity, not health.