November 7, 2014

What is GMO? {1-Minute Video}

scorpions on a stick

I eat scorpion (deep fried, on a stick, very yummy).

And I eat cabbage.

But a genetically modified cabbage that produces scorpion poison? That’s my bridge, right there, so no thanks.

Whenever I mention I prefer to eat GMO (genetically modified organisms)-free products, I’m often met with a lot of skepticism. People ask me why genetic manipulation is so different from plants cross-fertilizing or animals cross-breeding.

Well, I just found a perfectly simple answer in a one-minute video.

In short, cross-fertilization, also called allogamy, is the fusion of male and female sex cells from different individuals of the same species. Genetic modification however, often involves artificial insertion of genes from a different species.

As if in nature, a goat would really have an offspring from a spider. Or a mouse from a pig. Or a cabbage from a scorpion…

Judge for yourself:


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Author: Yaisa Nio

Editor: Catherine Monkman

Photo: Flickr / Kenneth Moore

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Verna Lang Nov 8, 2014 3:16pm

That's not how it works. That's not how any of it works. You are accepting information at face value from someone with no background in biology. Go to Academics Review to see the extensive list of errors that Jeffrey Smith makes. http://academicsreview.org/reviewed-content/genet… Then you may want to check out Mark Lynas and Patrick Moore to see why they abandoned their anti GMO views because they could no longer ignore the science supporting their safety.

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Yaisa Nio

Yaisa Nio is an ex-banker, ex-diving instructor, occasional blogger, and was a digital nomad long before the term became trendy. Currently she runs a yoga and health coaching business named Yoga Here & There. After years without a permanent address, she emigrated to Australia from where she lives a compromise between eternal travels and blissful routine. She spends half of the year in Bali and Europe running yoga teacher trainings and retreats, the other half of the year she is in South Australia, teaching weekly yoga classes and tending to her veggie patch. You can find out more about her here.