The Truth About Genetically Modified Foods
By author of Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey M. Smith
Are you confused about genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? There’s good reason. The official policy of the US Food and Drug Administration is that genetically modified (GM) foods are not substantially different, and therefore no special safety tests are required. But the official policy of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine is that GM foods pose a serious health threat, and therefore all doctors should advise patients to avoid them.
Monsanto, the largest producer of GM seeds, claims that their gene-spliced crops increase yield and will feed the hungry. The Union of Concerned Scientists’ report, Failure to Yield, shows that GM seeds do not increase yield; and the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology – a three-year collaboration of more than 400 scientists, 30 governments, and 30 civil society organisations – concludes that GM foods offer nothing to feed the hungry world.
Save the world or destroy it? Precise and safe, or out of control and deadly? This report helps you navigate the contradictory claims and make sense of one of the most powerful and far-reaching technologies ever introduced.
Breaking the species barrier
For centuries, farmers saved the best seeds from their crops for replanting, improving the quality and reliability year after year. They also crossbred pairs of crops with desirable traits in the hopes that the offspring carried the best of both. Early last century, scientists realized that those traits were stored in genes, found within the DNA.
In the 1970s, scientists made a radical discovery. They could remove a gene from one species and force it into the DNA of another. No longer was sexual reproduction needed to create new types of offspring. And by transferring genes across the species barrier, the possible combinations became virtually infinite.
Scientists put spider genes into goats, in the hopes of milking the goat to get spider web proteins to make bullet proof vests. They’ve put genes into corn so the crop makes a spermicide. They’ve used jellyfish genes to make fish and puppies glow in the dark, created pigs with cow hides, and salmon that grow up to five times faster.
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