What is GMO? {1-Minute Video}

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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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anonymous 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.

    anonymous Nov 9, 2014 2:02am

    Dear Verna, perhaps you are right and this is not how it works. I have not studied genetic engineering and I probably never will, so in this field, I will always have to take information presented to me at face value. For every article that makes a case against GMO, there are dozens of reports supporting it. For every researcher against GMO, there will be thousands of companies promoting it. What to believe? By simply listening to what my gut instinct tells me, I can say with certainty that I feel that GMO corn that kills millions of bees, that crops that do not reproduce and drive Indian farmers to mass suicide due to financial consequences and that tomatoes that do not rot, are developments that I do not approve of. I am sure that elephant journal would welcome a polemic on the subject, so please, feel free to submit an article supporting your point of view. Many thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

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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.