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Shall we buy GMO foods for our “love one”…?

My mum is normally made soya every new year (13 April). However, she told me that she is not going to make soya this year. I was quite upset about it…
Here was how to the story go…

Mum: Koun (son), I’m not going to make soya this year.
Myself: why not mum???
Mum: Because I could not find any organic beans, only the GMO left.

⇒Getting curious⇒ asks myself⇒started digging….

GMO? What is it?

“God Move Over”? Genetically modified organism (GMO) can be defined as organism such as plants which genetic material has been reconstructing by the modern genetic techniques. In a way that mating/natural recombination (DNA) does not happen by itself (naturally) (WHO 2016).

The researchers placed specific characteristic genes into the plants, (soybean in this case) in order to achieve the traits that they want such as insect/pest resistance, drought resistance etc.… so they can achieve higher yield and gain more profits $$$$.

Would you want to put those unnatural/possibly toxic foods into your body?

Soybean GMO scale?

  • Soybean responsible for 72% of the transgenic crop hectares (Green 2007), equivalent to all Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease are women (Society 2016).
  • OR roughly 58.6 million hectares of the global area with the ratio of 7% of the global biotechnology area(Green 2007, Magaña‐Gómez, Cervantes et al. 2008, Altieri 2009) which is equivalent to the post on Facebook receive higher like rate by using emoticons (B.C 2013, Neil 2016).
  • GMOs accounted for about 70-80% of the foods we eat, just in the US alone(Mitchelle 2013).

Would you still not be more selecting when you are buying foods? well, the choice is yours!!!

Can GMO foods able to wear masks? (label as Non-GMO)

According to ota.com, GMOs products are not allowed to label as GMOs-free.
Which mean that:

  • Agriculturalists are prohibited from using GMOs seeds
  • An organic soya milk cannot use GMO beans
  • A free GMO cow is not allowed to feed GMO foods such as corn
  • A non-GMO soup bases is not allowed to use any ingredients that contain GMOs

Therefore, all GMO products must be label in order to informed us of what kind of foods are we buying. However, it is potentially “Life-Threatening” situation if the food companies do not label their GMOs products.
Why is it potentially fatal? For example, if the genes of the soybean have been modified by include peanut protein which are allergen to some people and the consumers are not even aware of what are in their foods=EMERGENCY!!!(Byrne, Pendell et al. 2014)
However, It is difference story if we are known what are in our foods and still choose to buy since it is our right and freedom. It is Vice Versa.

 

References:

Altieri, M. A. (2009). “The ecological impacts of large-scale agrofuel monoculture production systems in the Americas.” Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 29(3): 236-244.

B.C, B. (2013). “7 Powerful Facebook Statistics You Should Know for a More Engaging Facebook Page.” from https://blog.bufferapp.com/7-facebook-stats-you-should-know-for-a-more-engaging-page.

Byrne, P., et al. (2014). Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, Colorado.

Green, J. M. (2007). “Review of glyphosate and ALS-inhibiting herbicide crop resistance and resistant weed management.” Weed Technology 21(2): 547-558.

Magaña‐Gómez, J. A., et al. (2008). “Pancreatic response of rats fed genetically modified soybean.” Journal of Applied Toxicology 28(2): 217-226.

Mitchelle, W. (2013). “10 Scary Facts About GMOs.” from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-health/10-scary-facts-about-gmos/.

Neil, P. (2016). “Emoji Marketing: How to Use Emoticons to significantly Increase Your Conversions.” from http://neilpatel.com/2016/01/05/emoji-marketing-how-to-use-emoticons-to-increase-your-conversions/.

Society, T. A. (2016). “Alzheimer Awareness Month – The 72%.” from http://www.alzheimer.mb.ca/the72percent/.

WHO (2016). “Frequently asked questions on genetically modified foods.” from http://www.who.int/foodsafety/areas_work/food-technology/faq-genetically-modified-food/en/.

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2 comments on “Shall we buy GMO foods for our “love one”…?

  1. matb1
    April 26, 2016

    A very interesting read regarding your stance in to GMO foods, I rather enjoyed the closing statement listing a story of soybeans containing a transgenic trait lifted from peanuts. After some research I discovered a similar test where Brazil nut proteins were inserted into soybeans and tested positive for allergens which was then published in the reputable source PubMed. (Nordlee JA, e. (2016). Identification of a Brazil-nut allergen in transgenic soybeans. – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8594427 [Accessed 26 Apr. 2016].) However in the case of Australia, I disagree with your claims about GMO labelling being potentially hazardous. As laws listed by food standards Australia and New Zealand (Foodstandards.gov.au, 2016) state that any food that has been genetically modified will contain a label stating such, as in the case of the aforementioned soybeans a separate label will be placed warning of potential nut allergens, as is the case with all legal food labelling. In regards to the statement of “possibly toxic foods.” all foods in the US, as referenced, must first pass FDA approval and thorough testing, and are then listed a safe and non-toxic before being added to the consumer market.

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    • ffongg
      May 10, 2016

      hello matb
      sorry a very late reply. Thank for your comment.

      Like

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