My Take on GMO

Genetically modified organisms -- plants and animals whose genes have been changed by scientists -- are often compared to our ancestors' crop selection practices and animal breeding as proof of GMO's safety for consumption.

First off, history has provided us with examples of traditional breeding that resulted in potentially hazardous foods. "Tomatine, a glycoalkaloid naturally present in tomatoes, can be produced in hazardous quantities in certain conventionally bred varieties." Another example of a similar effect is the unintended elevation of glycoalkaloid content in potatoes as a result of breeding.

As for animal breeding, what does it mean by a "purebred superiority" and “reputable” breeder? How superior or reputable is it to breed an animal that suffers from behavioral and/or health problems? French bulldogs may look cute to us, but they have narrow nostrils, deformed windpipes and excess soft tissues inside their nose and throat – all of which can lead to difficulties with breathing.

Some people compare GMOs to a fast forward mode. However, evolution is the nature's way of adapting to the environment for the sake of survival. How does a purebred dog with breathing difficulties be equated to the evolution of the blood clotting system essential for survival?

"Faster still -- bypassing many, many generations and seasons -- are the ways that scientists create today's genetic changes, or modifications. They alter the DNA of seeds with radiation or chemicals, then choose which resulting plants to breed.

Or they can snip a gene (or several) from a plant, virus, or bacteria and plug it in to another to transfer a desired feature. These more precise and targeted adjustments, often referred to as genetic engineering, create what people typically think of when they hear "GMOs." Sometimes scientists move genes that come from the same kind of thing, like from one tomato plant to another. But they can mix different species, too, like a virus and a tomato plant."

In nature, organisms evolve together "organically". Unless we evolve at lighting speed to keep up with GMOs created in a lab, we are doomed.

Desmond @Bonjour Marketplace


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