|Monday, November 08, 2010 by: Kim Evans|
As scientists are busy manipulating the genes of edibles including corn, soybeans, canola, papaya, zucchini, and now rice and salmon, an interesting fact comes into light about what exactly scientists know and don’t know about human genes. According to geneticist Steven Salzberg of the University of Maryland, “Not only do we not know what all the genes are – we don’t even know how many there are.”
Genetically manipulated foods have been found to change the genetic structure of our healthy bacteria – and this makes one wonder if GMOfoods might be altering our own genetic make-up as well. But if they are, how would we know? By a geneticist’s own words, scientists can’t even find all of our genes – let alone know what they all do or how they’ll act if they are changed. In addition, one gene often controls several different things – and with scientists not even knowing all of the genes we have, it makes it pretty difficult to know where to look when things start going wrong – and next to impossible to fix.
In all seriousness, isn’t this a little like letting a kindergartner have free reign over a delicate, extraordinary, and extremely complicated project that affects the health and, quite literally, the survival of our entire species? How smart would that be?
Some of the foods that scientists are genetically manipulating – and dumping into grocery stores – make it impossible for plants to reproduce naturally. These plants have what are called terminator genes inserted into them and terminator genes are literally designed to end the reproductive ability of the plant. According to GMO manufacturers, these genes have no other purpose but to protect the profits of the manufacturers by discouraging seed saving.
But what happens if these terminator genes permeate our own genetic make-up – the same way the genes of GMO soy incorporate themselves into the genes of our healthy bacteria? There’s been little to no testing of this, but perhaps it’s one of the reasons that animals consuming genetically manipulated foods often become sterile and have reproductive problems. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons that human infertility rates have been sky-rocketing too.
Despite the extraordinary risks and deplorable consequences, the FDA stands firm that no testing is required for these new, genetically different foods that scientists are making up in laboratories. The agency is also staunchly against labeling these new genetic creations so that informed people who actually want to have children can easily avoid them.
Here’s what we know: the genes of these new genetic creations can and do leak into other living organisms. We also know that these scientifically derived foods have genes specifically designed to put an end to reproductive ability and produce pesticides continuously. With GMO foods lining grocery store shelves, this combination unfortunately takes the term buyer beware to a whole new level.
Study – GMO soy changes our healthy bacteria:
Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith