Why Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) can Never Be Safe
by Ed Butt
'Monsanto and other biotech companies involved in the business of supplying genetically modified seed to farmers have always claimed the genetically modified (GM) crops grown from their seed varieties have no impact on the environment and are perfectly safe to eat.
Government departments in charge of food safety in the US and Canada have not conducted tests to affirm this alleged “safety,” but rather have taken the industry-conducted research at face value, allowing millions of acres of GM crops to overtake farmland. In Europe we are a little better off while governments, noticeably the UK and Germany are pushing for the acceptance of GM seed and leaders of the European Union's bureaucratic dictatorship are trying to bully smaller member states on the issue, public opinion remains steadfastly against the delivering of our food security into the hands of a monopolistic American corporation with a worse track record on ethical behavior than the average serial killer.
Genetically Modified food products, largely in the form of GM corn and soy (although there are other GM crops, too, like sugar beets, papaya and squash), can now be found in the majority of processed foods manufactured or packaged in the in the USA. Many of these products containing soya flour or corn syrup find their way into foods on the shelves of supermarkets around the world. In other words, if you eat processed foods, you’re already eating produce from Genetically Modified Organisms. But what if it turns out that Monsanto was were either dishonest or incompetent, and the GM crops aren’t actually safe either for human consumption or to be let loose in the environment.
And there is plenty of scientific research that was not funded by Monsanto to back me up. More (much more) of that in the related posts at the end but one of the latest studies has this to tell us:
"According to geneticist and biophysicist Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, a highly respected scientists well known for her dissentious views on genetic engineering and Neo - Darwinism, genetic modification interferes fundamentally with the natural genetic modifications all living organisms undergo in order to survive. Under natural circumstances, this is done very gradually in real time as “an exquisitely precise molecular dance of life.”
To condense several hundred of the Dr. Mae-Wan Ho's highly technical words from the linked source above, Genetic Engineering, which assumes that one protein determines one particular trait, such as herbicide tolerance or insect resistance, and can easily be swapped out with another, with no other effects, is dangerously simplistic or, as the Doctor says, “an illusion.”
Dr. Ho explains, "An organism’s genome is not static but fluid, and its biological functions are interconnected with its environment and vice versa, such that trying to control genetic changes via artificial modification is a dangerous game.
"The rationale and impetus for genetic engineering and genetic modification is the ‘central dogma’ of molecular biology that assumes DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) carries all the instructions for making an organism.
"Individual ‘genetic messages’ in DNA faithfully copied into RNA (ribosenucleic acid), is then translated into a protein via a genetic code; the protein determining a particular trait, such as herbicide tolerance, or insect resistance; one gene, one character. If it were really as simple as that, genetic modification would work perfectly. Unfortunately this simplistic picture is false.
"Instead of linear causal chains leading from DNA to RNA to protein and downstream biological functions, complex feed-forward and feed-back cycles interconnect organism and environment at all levels to mark and change RNA and DNA down the generations … Organisms work by intercommunication at every level, and not by control."
Well yeah, I'm sure you understood all that, I'm lucky in knowing someone who can explain it to me.
Another problem with genetic modification relates to the way GM plants and animals are created using horizontal gene transfer (also called horizontal inheritance), as contrasted with vertical gene transfer, which is the method of natural reproduction. Vertical gene transfer, or vertical inheritance, is the transmission of genes from the parent generation to offspring via sexual or asexual reproduction, i.e., breeding a male and female from one species.
By contrast, horizontal gene transfer involves injecting a gene from one species into a completely different species, which yields unexpected and often unpredictable results. Proponents of GM assume they can apply the principles of vertical inheritance to horizontal inheritance, but this assumption, too, is flawed, and now it’s been confirmed that GM genes can transfer to humans and the environment.
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