GMOhh Oh?

GMOhh Oh?

“Tofu is loaded with estrogen hormones at levels thousands of times higher than any beef with hormone technology. French fries naturally have higher hormones than levels found in the hamburger.” – Robert Saik

Genetically modified organisms, is those three big words many are afraid of. Why? The other big food companies and governing lobbyist have put a fear into people about GMO’s.  It’s easy to persuade people into believing something, that’s very one-sided, when you have a lot of money backing you. They’ve been able to suppress the actual science backed facts, about the truth of GMO foods. Many people don’t realize that most foods we consume nowadays, in one way or another have been genetically modified. Now, I don’t necessarily say I agree with the way companies such as Monsanto are running. But, like most big multinational corporations, it’s just the people who are in charge of them. A lot of technology is being developed in public institutions or smaller private firms. And, look who’s operating these farms, in North America its families. Why would any farmer get up in the morning and put something on his crop that he wouldn’t feed his own family?

With the help of today’s technology advancements, they’re making huge leaps in helping feed the worlds hunger problems. But, the powering lobbyists, are holding back some of the foods that should be on the market right now! Look at golden rice for example; it’s bio-fortified rice with vitamin A. As it sits on the shelf’s, not being in use, it could be being eaten by the millions of kids and adults, who have gone blind or have painfully died from vitamin A deficiencies. Labs are profiling genomes using petabytes of data to be used to isolate certain functions that are going on inside plants. Now, they have the ability to stop late blight in potatoes and tomatoes, instead of using 6 to 17 applications of fungicide, reducing disease and pesticides making it more profitable crop for farmers. (late blight is the disease that was responsible for the Irish potato famine in the mid-nineteenth century, is caused by the fungus-like oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans. It can infect and destroy the leaves, stems, fruits, and tubers of potato and tomato plants.) Bio-engineering GMO’s would allow us to have a greater drought and salt tolerance, as well as an even greater insect resistance.

Genetically-Modified-Organism

According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – agriculture uses over 70 percent of the world’s fresh water. In order to grow feed for the chicken, it takes about 120 gallons of water to make one single egg! A watermelon takes about 100 gallons of water; a pound of meat takes 2,500 gallons. With the help of GMO we could exponentially cut the use of fresh water on crops.

It’s estimated that about half the protein in every single human being on the planet comes from the Harbor-Bosch Process. Harbor-Bosch Process is taking nitrogen out of the air that you breathe (about 78%) and turning it into fixed nitrogen or what is called fertilizer.

Let’s take a look at organic foods… It’s ridiculously overpriced, to me; it doesn’t taste any different from regular foods. The amounts of money these organic companies are profiting are in the billions!  Look at Whole Foods, it’s the largest and best-known organic grocery store chain with 367 stores, Whole Foods has been growing rapidly. Over the last three years, sales of grown by 40 percent to reach $14 billion in 2014. Meanwhile, Whole Foods stock is up an explosive 860% over the last five years. Don’t think the organic companies aren’t using chemicals on their food either. Because, there are sanctioned pesticides allowed for use in organic food production. 2,400 varieties of organic seeds that were generated with either radiation or chemical baths.

Before, we close our minds totally off to GMO’s, it’s important to properly educate ourselves about the truths of the in-and-outs of this. There’s overwhelming evidence that GMO’s can and our saving the planet. Without the help of genetically modified organisms, we wouldn’t be enjoying the world’s most popular digested food, the banana. This GMO stuff to me, seems safer than, just throwing a mixture of seeds into a hole to see what happens…

I’m going to leave you with the advice I learned from Robert Saik, who gave a fascinating TEDx talk, “Don’t Be Scared of Your Food.”

 

Sources:

The book – The Agriculture Manifesto: 10 Key Drives That Will Shape Agriculture In The Decade 

Cornell University: Vegetable MD Online  

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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