What are GMOs?
You hear a lot about GMO’s these days. What is the best way to avoid GMO’s? Eat whole foods! What exactly is a GMO? Genetically modified foods have had foreign
genes inserted into their genetic codes.
“Genes change every day by natural mutation and recombination, creating new
biological variations. Humans have been exploiting this for centuries—shuffling
genes in increasingly systematic ways and using extensive crossing and artificial
selection—to create many combinations that would never otherwise have occurred.
Just about everything we eat is derived from livestock, crops, and microorganisms
bred specifically to provide food. Humans have also redistributed genes
geographically: the soybean is native to Asia but is now grown throughout the
Americas, and the potato, native to the American continent, is grown throughout the
temperate world. DNA has never been “static,” neither naturally nor at the hand of
Genetic modification is an extension of this. However, unlike conventional breeding,
in which new assortments of genes are created more or less at random, it allows
specific genes to be identified, isolated, copied, and introduced into other organisms
in much more direct and controlled ways (see boxes). The most obvious difference
from conventional breeding is that genetic modification allows us to transfer genes
between species.” Leighton@campden.co.uk
Potential risks include:
- Modified plants or animals may have genetic changes that are unexpected and harmful.
- Modified organisms may interbreed with natural organisms and out-compete
them, leading to extinction of the original organism or to other unpredictable
- Plants may be less resistant to some pests and more susceptible to others.
So…what should we do?
1. Remove processed foods from your diet and eat whole foods.
2. Eat animal protein that is organic and naturally raised.
- Caro Doss