GMO Foods and their Footprints
Does eating organic food affect our ecological footprint?
Aritificial Selection and Transgenic Organisms
Effects of GMO Consumption
John Green Video Summary
- GMO food may help solve food challenges the world currently faces like hunger.
- Modified organisms can help human deficiencies (some GMOS improve blind people's vision with vitamin A)
- Transgenic organisms are the most common GMO (see info above)
- First genetically engineered food licensed for human consumption: The Flavr Savr Tomato
- The Gene Gun Tool is used to inject DNA into plant cells
- Back Cross Breeding: crossing the new transgenic plant with breeding stock, over and over until you have a new transgenic crop
- There are no proven negatives to human health. Yet.
- Still concerns over plant health
The GMO Quagmire
- Better Nutrition: some types of enhanced foods can help fight vitamin deficiency.
- Environmental Benefits: Less time, chemicals, machinery, and land are needed for GMO crops, which can help reduce environmental pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil erosion.
- Higher Crop Success Rate: GMOs reduce risks of crop failure by improving resistance to insects.
- Enhance Immunity: some GMO foods have built-in antibiotic qualities that enhance the immune system.
- Causation with correlation?: some researchers say there could be a link between GMO foods and cancer. They also may cause food allergies. No studies confirm either of these claims.
- GMOs are unhealthy: According to responsibletechnology.org, doctors are urged to prescribe all-organic diets to their patients because GMOs can cause a number of health problems.
- Product Safety is a Red Flag: biotech companies use the same logic and strategies as tobacco companies to claim product safety.
Go Organic for the Earth
GMOs are Toxic to non-target Organisms
According to onegreenplanet.org, GMOs that repel herbicides and pesticides, which some animals need to survive. Organisms like bees, birds, and butterflies are becoming endangered at the hands of modern farming techniques and GMOs.
Bees are used to pollinate foods that people eat, but the bees are now becoming endangered from the GMO’s. The bees are at risk from the pesticides from GMOs and if they start disappearing crops like potatoes, broccoli, and cotton will not grow anymore.
Why don't people buy more organic foods?
In North America, over 80% of our food contains GMOs
The Cost of Organic Food