Have you heard about the GMO potato?
I received an email from “GMOs Revealed” and read an amazing story
Before telling you the story though, I would like to tell you a bit about GMOs in general. When one investigates the list of foods that have been genetically modified, you will find that this list is already rather long. The reason for the development of GMO foods is varied. It is claimed that using GMO seeds, one needs fewer herbicides/pesticides because the developed seed is to be tolerant of a specific herbicide formula.
All of this seems very positive until you realize that the continued use of a pesticide on a farm field will kill off all biological life in the soil. This bacterial life is necessary for the decomposition of nutrients to make them bioavailable to the plants. I argue that it would be much better to not need those herbicides and pesticides.
What foods are GMO?
This list of GMO foods was last updated on the 15th of August 2016 and as we have recently arrived in 2020, there might be more already. As I stated before, this list is already rather long I think. It includes; Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Canola, Alfalfa, Sugar Beets, Papaya (Hawaiian), and Squash. The newcomers are Arctic Apples, Innate Potato, and Aquabounty Salmon.
When you cut a non-GMO apple, it will soon turn brown and does not look so appetizing anymore. The new Arctic Apple has had one of its enzymes turned off and will not turn brown anymore when it is cut, bruised, or you take a bite of it.
It seems these apples are cheaper to produce than regular packaged apples. Normal apples need to be sprayed with vitamin c or ascorbic acid. Adding ascorbic acid or a little vinegar when canning, is a trick our ancestors knew about, to reduce the browning of an apple.
As very few independent studies (not supported by the target industry) have been done to show that all this manipulation is harmless, only time will tell if eating GMO foods are good for you. Personally I am not happy with this tempering with nature and as time passes, I get more wary of human inventions.
A very special fish
Previously, scientists had genetically modified fish for scientific research. The first genetically modified animal to be commercialized was the GloFish (2003) and the first genetically modified animal to be approved for food use was the salmon produced by the AquaBounty biotech company (2015).
Recently, on March 8 of 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted an import restriction and allowed AquaBounty to start raising this new verity of genetically engineered salmon in America. Why not, America already allows a lot of GMO food to be sold to its population, why not add a little GMO fish to complete the menu? Sounds perfect, don’t you think?
This company has facilities in Canada and Panama and now it has invaded the American market. This is the first time a GMO animal has been allowed to be produced in the US. This fish is a combination of Chinook salmon and Ocean Pout. Now you might ask what is an ocean pout? Well, I too had to look up what an ocean pout is.
Wikipedia tells us it is an eel that has antifreeze like proteins in its blood, so it can survive the near-freezing waters. I find that quite amazing. Creation is something awesome, but what I find not awesome at all is that men play as if they are the Creator.
Anyhow genes from the Ocean Pout are combined with a growth hormone gene from the Chinook salmon creating a fast-growing GMO salmon. There have been concerns about what would happen if the genetically modified fish would escape. The company has stated all fish that will be sold will be sterile females. Did anyone see the first Jurassic Park Movie? Where there is a vacuum, nature will find its way. Ok, let us hope for the best.
There are restaurants and grocery store chains that will not sell this new fish. There seem to be no studies that tell us there is no risk for our health. Is that true? I have found information, linked here, which is worth a glance or 2. By now one should have realized whenever there is money in the deal, money comes first and our health stands, if, at the end of the list.
I started this post with the question if you had heard about the GMO potato?
Here’s the story. In 2014, GMO potatoes were introduced to the market. Dr. Caius Rommens, a genetics scientist, used RNA technology to create a new type of potato. This potato would not get brown and neither would it show bruises and therefor would be popular with buyers. These new potatoes were sold under the name of “Innate” and “White Russet”. The company J.R. Simplot sold these GMO potatoes and slowly but surely this new product appeared in supermarkets lying nicely next to normal potatoes.
Then it happened. In 2018 Dr. Rommens stated he was not happy anymore with his creation, warning everybody of risks. He wrote a book called “Pandora’s Potatoes, the worst GMOs”.
It seems the statistics were misleading, these potatoes did not have the tremendous benefits claimed and neither the good quality. I would imagine that if you bought a potato which looks good but actually it is not, you would refrain from buying this product in the future, right?
Then to know that these GMO potatoes have at least 2 toxins that do not exist in normal potatoes, it really makes you wonder. Where is the benefit of eating this stuff?
Dr. Rommens used to work for Monsanto. He now speaks up and I think we should all listen to him.
The following YouTube video talks about GMOs, 2 professors share their knowledge.
I just wonder, and I have said this before, why humans always think they can better nature. It actually is a disrespect we have for creation, which functions beautifully if we live in harmony with it and only take what we need.
These Frankenstein food inventions men make will be our downfall, together with the multiple other stupid things we are able to do and create. This will soon make life on our planet impossible. Then it will be useless to cry about spilled milk.
Source: GMOs revealed, 30 December 2019
Photo Source: Pixabay
You might be interested to read about Monsanto and their product Roundup. Sadly this harmful product is still being sold worldwide. I hope it will soon come to a sales ban. With spraying Roundup on crops, we are poisoning ourselves. The first court cases against Monsanto/Bayer have been favorable to the claimants, and thousands of new cases are waiting to be heard.