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GMO-Genetic Modified Organism
Transcript of GMO-Genetic Modified Organism
GMOs Increase Herbicide Use
Most GM crops are engineered to be "herbicide tolerant"―they deadly weed killer. Monsanto, for example, sells Roundup Ready crops, designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide.
Overuse of Roundup results in "superweeds," resistant to the herbicide. This is causing farmers to use even more toxic herbicides every year.
Roundup is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer.
Genetic Engineering creates Dangerous Side Effects
By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects.
The process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens,and nutritional deficiencies.
GMOs are Unhealthy
GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable.
Eating Genetically Engineered Foods
Cereals, snack bars, snack boxes, cookies, processed lunch meats, and crackers all contain large amounts of high risk food ingredients. In North America, over 80% of our food contains GMOs. If you are not buying foods that are Non-GMO Project Verified, most likely GMOs are present at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM)
cited, animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems.
GMOs Contaminates the Environment
GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste.
The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure.
What is GMO?
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that
occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
GMO-Genetic Modified Organism
by Sarah Kleinpeter
The most common GMOs are soy, cotton, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and squash (zucchini and yellow). Many of these items appear as added ingredients in a large amount of the foods we eat.
What are the Most Common GMOs?
In 2011, Monsanto announced plans to grow genetically modified sweet corn on 250,000 arces, roughly accounting for 40 percent of the sweet corn market. The sweet corn is being used for frozen and canned corn products, and it is also available fresh across the country.
GMO sweet corn genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (Round up Ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin).
Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise.
Roundup herbicide has been shown to cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and endocrine disruptions, and organ damage in animals even at very low doses.
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