Kim Alton Kaplan University HW220 May 21 2010 Genetically Modified Agriculture In Our Food Chain
Agricultural biotechnology is a collection of scientific techniques used to exploit plants, animals and microbes by pinching genes of bacteria, viruses, plants and animals. Scientist’s have the ability to decipher DNA, this technique enables precise manipulations altering the natural state of plants and livestock. Creating something new! .
Monsanto’s controversial past combines some of the most toxic products ever sold with misleading reports, pressure tactics, collusion, and attempted corruption. They now race to genetically engineer (and patent) the world’s food supply, which profoundly threatens our health, environment, and economy. Combining secret documents with first-hand accounts by victims, scientists, and politicians, this widely praised film exposes why Monsanto has become the world’s poster child for malignant corporate influence in government and technology. A film by Marie-Monique Robin. Agricultural Practices employee biotechnology THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO (DVD) FOR TELEPHONE ORDERS1-888-717-7000
People around the world pro-actively reject Genetically Modified (GM) products and crops. But in the United States, few people are even aware of what GM foods are -- and labeling is not required. ~Dr. Joe Mercola
Foods can not tell you if they have been manipulated. Very few labels will tell you they contain genetically modified organisms. Because it isn’t a law, yet.
Why is Biotechnology being used? Biotechnology allows for areas with droughts to grow great abundances of food to feed the poor and those with malnutrition. It keeps insects from destroying fruits and vegatables . The produce can grow abundant in size to feed the poor and create a market in communities that have the greatest need for food. It’s a humanitarian attempt to reduce poverty in the worlds poorest countries.
Monsanto is a very large and powerful seed industry using biotechnology in the United States and around the world. Science. 2000 Aug 11;289(5481):843-5. PMID: 10960308 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10960308 Monsanto uses genetically modified organisms in the development of pharmaceuticals they call it “pharming” www.foodrenegade.com/gmos-and-pharmaceuticals/ Monsanto's secret studies showed that rBGH was linked to prostate and thyroid cancer in laboratory rats. Monsanto has been pushing farmers to inject cows with rBGH since 1994. Repeated injections of rBGH artificially stimulate cows to produce 10% to 25% more milk than normal, causing health problems for the cows and danger to consumers, especially kids, who drink rBGH milk or eat butter, ice cream, cheese or yogurt. rBGH derived milk contains dramatically higher levels of IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor), a risk factor for breast and colon cancer. By Mitchel Cohen of The Green Party, August 2001 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2001/08/25/milk-part-three.aspx
Where can you find Genetically Modified Organism ? In Your Community
But I don’t live on a farm, Do I still need to worry about GMO’s? Yes GMO’s are in the Produce , Meats, Milk & the Processed foods YOU buy at the Grocery Store
What can I expect for the health of my loved ones and myself If I choose to eat GMO Foods? It’s to soon to tell what GMO’s will do to human long term but the research says it is harming the health of the animals.
Farmers report pigs and cows became sterile from GM corn
More than 20 farmers in North America report that pigs fed GM corn varieties had low conception rates, false pregnancies or gave birth to bags of water.