GMOs More Like GMNOs

by katelynncoull on November 6, 2015 - 11:53pm

Nobody really knows how much of the food we eat cosists of GMOs(Genetically Modified Organism). In Joel Edwards article "GMOs are dangerous to our health, according to latest independent research" he discusses how even though the GM food industry studies show that these foods are safe, new studies disagree. The first study discusses was the Seralini Study. Many say that this study is irrlavent because because of the way it was cundected. Edwards says that "The Seralini study was actually a well-designed and well-conducted study. If we are to accept the argument that Seralini's study does not provide substantial evidence that genetically modified food is dangerous, then we must also conclude that the short-term toxicity studies funded by the agriculture industry (primarily Monsanto) on GM foods cannot prove that they are safe" (Edwards, 2015). They basically conducted the same study using everything the same except for the duration. Seralini's study went two years where as Monsanto's  lasted 90 days. Many new studies are also beginning to show that GMOs are not healthy for the human body.One indepent study even showed short term effects on rats. This study lasted 1-3 months with rats that were only fed GM soy and GM corn. many of the rats died of  many toxic effects, including DNA damage, abnormal sperm, blood changes, and damage to the liver, the kidneys and testes" (Edwards, 2015). The conductor of this study, Dr.Oraby, said that the only reason this is not happening to us is because we do not only eat GMOs. Edwradrs then goes into how many people in the public eye such as Bill Nye The Science Guy has been bought by the lobbying plan of Monsato. The people want GMOs to be labelled and many countries ban the cultivation of GMOs already but we are not one of them. These GMO pollens will travel many miles through the air andend up getting people sued. They are unpredictable and uncontrollable. Scientists are beginning to worry that these GMOs can "result in new allergens or toxins, and even new viruses" (Edwards, 2015). This makes scientists worried about the future and think we should return to traditional agriculture. 

Personally I agree with this article because I don't agree with all this GMO hype. After hearing about all of the PR and lobbying scams that GMO companies like Monsanto have done I'm not too such I can trust them. Since we are not too sure about these long term effects I think that we should label what is and what is a GMO. We should be allowed to identify what is organic and what isn't. I think this is important so that we can chose what we ingest and the big companies do not.

 

Edwards, J. (2015, July 19). GMOs are dangerous to our health, according to latest independent research. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/050454_GMO_research_biotech_dangers_health_is...

 

Comments

This post intrigued me because GMOs are present in much of today's agricuture and food sectors, and face much scrutiny for essentially "being against nature" and supposed adverse health affects.
Though the studies you mentioned may pose adverse health affects on rats and potentially on humans, I don't think this may be the case for all GMOs.
I don't know much about the health affects side of this argument, but I think GMOs are essential to sustain our ever-growing populations. There is an enormous amount of pressure on farmers to produce enough food for the world while still producing quality produce. And with changing climatic conditions and the introduction of new pests, it is hard to produce quality yields in large quantities. So I think GMOs are helping to produce greater yields and to prevent crop destruction from insects and diseases to the crops now being resistant to such things as these. If the plants posses these traits, these means less use of pesticides.
But I could believe that GMOs may have the potential to change one's health, but it may depend on the specific variety and what was genetically altered.

The issues concerning the safety of GM crops something that I feel is important to discuss and I appreciate the article that you have shared although I disagree with this argument. It is very interesting to see actual scientific studies that show evidence of negative health implications of GMOs, as I have not come across many and I appreciate seeing strong evidence for this. I do not by any means believe that all GMOs are completely safe but I feel that many more studies needs to be done before we can say we say GMOs are good or bad.
I feel that GM crops are an important part of the future of food production, not just for higher yields and more resistant crops (which is the main argument for the popular roundup ready crops produced by Monsanto) but also for improving the livelihoods of farmers in the Global South. There are many being produced that have the potential to help farmers all over the world, particularly those in marginal lands which will be very important in the coming years as global climate change is increasingly relevant.
I agree with your argument that there is too much PR and lobbying being done by these large agrichemical companies and this is something that should be addressed, potentially by government policies and regulations. In terms of labeling I agree that people have a right to know what is in their food but I think there are things that are more important that should be label first such as the ethical treatment of agricultural labourers or the chemicals used in production and processing of products.
Thank you for sharing your opinion and this paper. It presented valuable information that needs to be considered in the GMO debate. I added some articles that you might be interested in reading in favour of GMOs although these are not scientific studies they do present some positive arguments.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/opinion/sunday/how-i-got-converted-to-...
http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/articles/biotech-art/in_favor.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-people-oppose-gmos-even-th...

Agriculture is one of the most important source of food in societies and biotechnology (GMO) is used in order to produce higher yields. However, it is discovered that it causes great impacts on societies. In fact, i find it interesting to evaluate the effects that genetic modification in agriculture can bring to us and this is the reason why I chose to comment on this summary.

In fact, It is true that genetically modified organisms have higher insects tolerance and contribute to higher productions. However, there are definitely negative uncertainties related to GMOs. Besides the health impacts mentioned in the summary, they also cause impacts on the environment according to the manual Environmental Change & Challenge. It states that there will be pleiotropic and environmental effects on natural phenomena “such as pollination and biogeochemical cycles” (Dearden & Mitchell, 2012, p. 342).

I agree with you that GMOs should be labelled, so that consumers could have the choice to choose between different products. However, there are no policies on GMOs in Canada and I think that laws should be put into place in order to protect consumers’ health and rights. I hope that it can be done in the near future!

Dearden, P., & Mitchell, B. (2012). Environmental change & challenge. Canada: Oxford University Press & Sampson Mews.

Great reflection.

The title of your article had me intrigued, as I personally am very interested in the food and agricultural industry including eating locally and organically. This topic is very important to me, as eating wholesome foods is vital in a healthy, nutritious lifestyle, a lifestyle I strive to achieve everyday.

This environmental issue is a concern to an array of agricultural sectors, and therefore is the focus of study for many individuals. The concern is that these genetically modified foods are dangerous and are therefore affecting consumers in the long run.

I appreciate the argument regarding GMOs being used to sustain populations, however I find this to be incredibly concerning if these studies prove that rats have posed adverse health affects from their toxicity. I strongly believe if we do need to sustain our growing populations, there are more efficient ways of going about supporting our populations rather than implementing genetically modified foods that are neither natural nor nutritious. I don’t believe that this production management solution can rise above the health and safety of our own consumers.

I agree as well with the article. The long-term effects of these GMO’s are concerning and therefore should receive the attention they deserve. However, just because a label is in affect, unfortunately I don’t believe that says much. Numerous corporations can use a tactic called greenwashing to “enhance” their product when in reality, their standards are not being met. Greenwashing is when disinformation is disseminated by an organization to present an environmentally responsible public image. Numerous companies use greenwashing in America such as General Electric, ExxonMobil, etc. (HuffPost, 2009), which gives me, as a consumer a lack of trust in companies. An article I came across demonstrated how the organic label was actually considered the biggest greenwashing campaign in America (Merchant, 2009), which proves an ongoing issue. Take a look!

References:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/03/top-10-greenwashing-compa_n_182...

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/has-the-organic-label-become-the-bi...

Your article caught my attention mainly because of the fact that gmo's can be in the majority of food we eat and aren't labelled. I agree that we should know what we buy and what we put in our mouths , that should be our right. GMO'S in general are unpredictable because they can spread on to other crops which haven't been purposely sprayed with this substance which means that a lot of other foods that we eat can be contaminated with GMO's and we would necessarily know. It worries me to not know the exact ingredients I am eating and knowing that there safe to eat, it makes me wonder if this has been going on for ages . Overall I believe that crops should be regulated more frequently and contained to make sure that those specific crops are of GMO and they should be all labeled in stores to ensure that we are aware of what we are buying. Health comes first overall and we want to preserve ourselves for as long as we can without getting sick and dying , thus your article brings up important arguments that I think we should all take into consideration.

This article particularly interested me because GMOs involve Canadians' well-being, as I and my family are Canadians, and immigrants living in Canada. The fact that the government refuses to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) implies that they do not want us to choose what is best for our health. If there's an impact on rats, it might most probably have an impact on us humans too. GMO crops were designed to be the solution to world's hunger as the farmers' could "increase their yields and decrease their costs" from "pesticide and herbicide resistant crops" ("Understanding GMO", n.d.). However, the use of the chemicals, bugs and weeds both increased due to the bugs and weeds becoming resistant to the chemicals that were spread everywhere which means that farmers need to pay more, there is "more damage to the environment and more health concerns" ("Understanding GMO", n.d.). GMOs are not proven to be safe and yet we Canadians are eating food that might be genetically modified which possibly leads to health problems.
I do agree that Canadian government should allow GMOs to be labelled so we could decide whether or not we want to put our health on the line, but I also believe that GMOs should be reduced in numbers. As you mentioned previously, GMO pollens travel easily through the air resulting in people growing organic food to be sued. Because of that, there is no certainty that organic grown crops have no GMOs in them.

Understanding GMO. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/food/unde...

Hey Katelyn,
I definitely agree with you that GMO's should be labelled, as people should have the right to know what they are eating. However, there are arguments against such as it will bring unnecessary fear, and people don't need to know (made by companies like Monsanto). So many people aren't even aware what GMO's are, or that they are consuming them on a daily basis. Also, if we label them, do we also label cereals, rice, granola bars etc. that contain GMO ingredients? We need a balance, and an education program to show people the pros and cons so they may decide for themselves if they want to consume these products or not. A great documentary about GMO's, the food industry, and an awful case study against Monsanto is "FOOD INC", you can find it on Netflix! GMO's are scary, they reduce ecological diversity, making crops more vulnerable to disease and pests. If there is also negative health affects, we should know about it.

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