What is GMO?
Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:29AM
Gary Leavitt

GMO is an abbreviation for "Genetically Modified Organism". Genes from other species are transferred by "gene-splicing." The term refers to any genetic plant (or fish or animal) type that has had a gene, or genes, from different species transferred into its genetic material.

The idealistic goal of GMO producers is to become more productive with their products, that the products be more pest resistant, or to create "better" and "different" products than that created by previous plant or animal generations. The goal of the sponsors of GMO's are to grow vegetables and fruits that can have a longer life-span, increase profits by decreasing spoilage, increasing yield, etc.

However, long term studies have not been done on these new crops and animals to ascertain the effect they will have on the environment at large, on the lives of genetically-modified animals, or on the entire biosphere.

The current tests, show that GMO's spread more rapidly than anticipated, contaminate wide spread areas, greatly affect the biosphere, and, once released into the environment, are difficult to curtail or control, if possible at all.

Foods that have been genetically modified have been found by Russian and Canadian studies to negatively affect the organism doing the consuming, including humans.

Current GMO Crops: Soybeans, Corn, Tomatoes, Potatos, Sugar Beets, Farm-Raised Salmon, Cotton, Wheat, Rice, Coffee, Onions, Canola, and now, Grass, Peas, Alfalfa, and even Goats and Silk. For updated genetically altered crops, visit the following websites: Greenpeace USA, NewScientist, or Organic Consumers Association.

GMO crops are more prolific than you may think. Over 80% of all corn and soybean grown in the USA has been genetically-modified. Read more about GMO.

Article originally appeared on Growing for the future! (http://deluzfarms.com/).
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