Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Readers write - What to know about GMO! - Bee SAFE

Do you know about GMO?

This is the first of a series of articles that explain GMO based on “GMO Myths and Truths” freely available  at http://earthopensource.org

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are plants and animals that have had their genetic material altered in a way that cannot occur in nature.  It is completely different from natural breeding or hybridization.

Natural and selective breeding can only take place between closely related life forms, such as cats with cats, not dogs, and corn with corn, not fish. Genetic Modification (GM) or Genetic Engineering (GE) does not respect species boundaries. It splices fish genes into plants and spider genes into goats.

Natural breeding succeeds when the resulting plant or animal is better adapted to its environment. Selective breeding is done in order to encourage desirable traits in crops, such as resistance to drought. GMO are created to withstand drenching with herbicides, such as Roundup Ready crops, or to produce their own pesticides, such as Bt corn.  When whole fields of GM crops are sprayed, everything dies while GMO plants survive.

In Canada GMO corn, soy, canola and sugar beet are grown. Non organic animal feed contains GMO, which means milk and meat from the animals contains GMO.

Next article: How GMO are made.


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