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GMO Salmon What Next? Genetically Modified Food


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Did You Know Your Food is Genetically Altered?

During the last five years, several multinational chemical and drug companies — including Monsanto and Syngenta (formerly Novartis/Astra-Zeneca/Ciba-Geigy) — have quietly altered our food supply in an alarming way. Genes from bacteria, viruses, foreign plants and animals have been inserted into corn, soybeans, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and papayas. These corporations plan to “genetically engineer” almost 100% of our food within a decade. Already about 40% of the soybeans, 20% of the corn, and a percentage of the potatoes grown in the U.S. and about 50% of the canola (rapeseed) plants in Canada have been genetically altered.

These companies have influenced US and Canadian regulatory agencies to allow these grains to be grown, mixed with non-altered grains, and sold without any labeling, even though they have been shown to be harmful to the environment and have not undergone even a single human health safety test. More than 60% of the packaged food items in US grocery stores contain genetically altered ingredients. We are now all experimental animals in a huge biological experiment involving the food we eat every day.

What Have They Done to Our Food?

Scientists at these companies have learned how to insert genes from plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses into any other plant or animal. For instance, Monsanto has inserted foreign genes into soybeans, corn, and canola (rapeseed) that allows farmers to spray the crops with Monsanto’s toxic Roundup weed killer without killing the plant. They have inserted a gene from an insect-killing bacterium called BT into corn so that every cell of the plant has activated BT toxin in it.

An Unprecedented Threat

In the rush to commercialize and profit from these “inventions,” these companies have exposed consumers and the environment to an unprecedented threat:

The genes inserted into these grains cause the plant to create new, foreign proteins, never before seen in nature. There has never been any long-term animal or human testing to determine whether the new proteins can cause allergies or other adverse effects. Instead, the companies got FDA officials to declare them to be “substantially equivalent” to non-altered grains, even though, behind the scenes, FDA scientists disagreed. Allergy research doctors in England have seen a dramatic rise in soybean allergy, and suspect a reaction to the new foreign protein. In the case of BT corn and potatoes, European researchers have recently found that activated BT toxin, now found in genetically altered corn and potatoes, can cause cell damage in mammals.
The pollen of these plants also contains the foreign genes. Pollen is carried far and wide by wind and bees. It can pollinate and transfer its altered genes to non-altered crops and similar wild plants — biologically contaminating them — thus creating new species (nicknamed Superweeds). BT toxin in corn and potatoes and their pollen kills non-target and beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, and butterflies. A Cornell University study published in Nature showed how the new corn pollen kills Monarch butterflies.
Both Monsanto and Syngenta have developed “Terminator” genes that will create plants that sterilize their own seeds, forcing farmers to buy seeds from the companies every year. This threatens subsistence farming in developing countries, where farmers have saved and traded seeds for thousands of years. It also threatens the world’s ecosystems if the genes for sterility are transferred to wild plants.
Monsanto claims that the new crops have higher yields, and that genetic engineering is the only way to feed a hungry world. But university trials of these grains show that the crop yields are no better — and in some cases are far worse — than ordinary seeds. The only driving force behind this technology is profit for a few multinational companies who seem willing to compromise health, safety, and the environment.

How to Avoid Genetically Altered Food

Since significant percentages of soy, corn, potatoes, and canola oil contain altered genes, and they are mixed with unaltered food, right now there is only one way to safely avoid them: seek out products that use only certified organic ingredients. Avoid eating products that have unknown origins, such as corn cereals, corn chips, and tofu (soybean curd) in restaurants unless you know for sure that they use organic ingredients.

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  1. I think there is a problem with GMO (genetically modified organism), and it
    is that we and not even the top scientists know all the possible
    consequesnces that it will bring to the consumers that eat it. There is a
    PopSci article –
    popsci.com/science/article/2011-09/we-incorporate-genetic-information-food-we-eat-says-new-study
    – and it basically says that some pieces of RNA from the food that we eat
    can go to our bloodstream and can even bind to our genes. that can be bad
    with GMO

  2. Also, GMO can affect us in other ways like if there is protein or something
    that our body is not used to eating 

  3. screw all ethics.. Let’s stop pussy-footing around and have a real live
    island of dr. Moreau! I am tired of pretending we have not crossed that
    line.

  4. it want be approved in the caribeans,LIKE CUBA,DOMINICAN REP. VIR. ISLAND
    AND PUERTO RICO AND CHINA,CAMBODIA VIETNAM. these Devil scientist mutha
    fuckers here in america are evil and slowly killing americans. glad i dont
    eat the shit here

  5. save all your money and get the fuck out of AMERICA if you want to survive
    and live healthy. GMO=MONSANTO/DUPUNT DEVILS

  6. These mad scientists will cause a curse to explode on this planet! They
    can’t keep their sick and polluted brains out of anything. They got to play
    God! We are entering a new era of evil you cannot imagine! Combining
    nanotechnology with genetics we will see catastrophic scientific
    perversions–meaning these wicked clowns have no respect for the creator.
    They think nothing of the serious implications of altering the building
    blocks of creation. You guys are in BIG TROUBLE!

  7. You know that the elite few do not eat the same food that the rest of us
    do. They have their own sources of food that has not been genetically
    engineered. ‘Useless eaters’ is what they call the rest of us and it’s the
    useless eaters who will die off, or become sterile, NOT the Elite.

  8. how stupid! so u r ok with all of these?? MOSANTO the biggest company that
    contaminates food, puts people’s life in hell by spending their hard work
    money in the hospital bills because of all the illness they got from GMO
    foods?…now percentage of people w/ cancers are doubled or tripled! u
    think that the population reduction is a joke?people like u who dont do
    their home work is the reason why MOSANTO and ELITE people are
    winning..accept your fate mate..be weak, be their puppet & die early.

  9. Take that shit somewhere else its murder food its sick that its on the news
    and they dont even tell u how it affects the salmans life damn i hate os i
    got..lids and i want them to live a full life.not one where they are dying
    bc big business is feeding cows genedically.modified corn instead of hay
    its sick

  10. This is sickening, They need to put labels on the GMO Foods. We need to
    fight for this. We need to rise up and let them know that we want them to
    label the food that are Genetically Modified. They are making americans
    sick and than have the guts to say that they are working hard to find a
    cure. This is wrong. We the PEOPLE rise and tell Monsanto to label their
    crops. We the PEOPLE!!!!! 

  11. Every scientific organization on the planet agree that GM salmon is safe.
    Over 600 studies all show GM salmon is safe. Farmed salmon is already 60%
    of salmon production and wild salmon is highly over fished. What will
    happen is wild caught salmon will be more expensive. Look at as a tax on
    ignorance if you believe GM salmon will harm you then you get to pay more
    for wild caught salmon.