New fears were raised over genetically modified food yesterday after researchers found regulators had missed an "unsuspected viral gene" in widely used crops. A study published last month found that the commonest modification in GM crops includes a "significant fragment of a viral gene" known as Gene VI. The study by European Food Standards Agency experts published in the journal GM Crops and Food said the gene “might result in unintended phenotypic changes" which means it could have unintended genetic or environmental consequences. [Snip] Two thirds of GM crops approved in the US contain the hitherto unidentified viral gene.
Comments: If you read the entire piece you find questions about what many years of exposure already might have done to human and animal health. Being smaller than humans it could be possible that the now-common diagnoses of feline hyperthyroidism and chronic renal failure might be the first hints of genetic problems. These two illnesses have been referred to as "rampant" and "epidemic" by several veterinarians of our acquaintance and the cause is, as yet, unknown. Wary pet owners have wisely chosen the newer "grain-free" forms of cat food.
What were those old commericals, I think for butter?
"Don´t mess with mother nature."
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lil dotty, 1/23/2013 12:32:44 AM (No. 9133437)
Food of the Gods. Will we now resemble Joan Collins? What the heck. Eaten, the crops will enable the population to become 50 ft tall or if eaten by the typical food insect critters we will be fighting giant ants, grasshoppers, or even apes. Farmers have found just by growing, their fields and silos are consumed by flame. That´s our pResident´s FDA
One wonders why so many people have food allergies, why the increase in autism, why antibiotics fail, why birds die, why obesity is widespread, and the list goes on and on. Reading food labels helps to be wary of strange sounding ingredients -if in doubt don´t use it. Find out what goes into vaccines, your water supply ,your meds.
Oh yes, fooling around with the beautiful seeds God gave us to grow food with was real smart, real smart. Wheat isn´t anything close to what wheat was as designed by the good Lord. There is a reason for all this celiac disease and allergies. Physicians and scientists have already expressed concern for the weak immune systems of so many children.
#5, hardly... Since when are GM foods normal? They put animal genes into plants...does that sound right to you?
Most of the GM food movement was pushed by giant corporations so they could control the food supply. They now make most of the crops so that they don´t yield usable seeds so you HAVE to purchase new ones from the giant mega-corporation every time. It is a scam and it is killing us. Now, I find out I should be concerned about what I feed my 17 kitties!!
Read it all. The evidence to support the alarming headline is not strong. "might" is the operative word.
But if GM food alarms you then by all means avoid it as best you can. In the US that is tough because AFAIK labeling is not required on any GM food.
My totally uniformed guess about more allergies and odd diseases is that the average person and pet now eats a wider variety of foods and meets many chemicals no one would have encountered a century ago.
i.e. I have no idea what is in the plastics on some of my home furniture or the fabrics of my car seats.
The first thing you can do is to avoid corn (believe me it is in everything nowadays). It takes reading a lot of labels, but you can do it. Remember though, that most of the meat you are eating is from animals that were fed this stuff. Therefore, it is worthwhile buying meat that was grass fed when it was on the hoof.
Avoiding GM foods means you have to educate yourself and become very intentional about what you put in your mouth and the mouths of your children.
We all drink distilled water at Chez Attercliffe and food for tiny cat bodies is low-phosphorus, no-grain (see Wysong pet foods for some options). Most people would be sickened to find out what goes into pet foods, including prescription foods which we also avoid. I´ll start a thread with useful info at The Connection (Dogs, Cats and Critters) and I hope others will add their healthy pet food sources too.
With human and pet medical bills going sky high it´s crucial to choose food as healthy as possible. Use that bread machine--even WalMart sells organic flour and bread mixes these days. Much organic food is available online--just received an order from Hodgson Mills, also see Frontier Co-op. We´re not rich, we just have different priorities on how we spend our money.
Very little information to make a judgement on. I know that food of any kind digests down to simpler molecules and are converted or are utilized directly in normal processes. If a product contains a chemical that will adversely affect a bodily function by mimicing a chemical control or destroying normal function then that would be the time to stop the product. But I fully agree with #5. You must judge on facts not wild speculation. The article itself stated that the story appeared in a blog and not a peer reviewed study.
As #14 points out; consumers have a choice. Organic and heirloom products are available. OR.... Consumers could try cooking their food. Amino acid chains can be broken up by heat. Easier digestion and softer food are also a benefit.
Government intervention, of course, is another option. Especially for those yearning for a surrogate parent.
Was the gene put there by people, or did it get there by natural means? Was it in the breeding stock already before any GM was done? Because a virus is just some nucleic acid wrapped in a stealth shell.
#6 - The increase in autism diagnoses is because the diagnostic criteria were changed. I blame The Ad Council for propagating the belief that the rate of autism is increasing, it´s what they do: make up stuff in order to funnel government money to broadcasters.
If you want a real food problem check out the soy in almost everything. Many cannot digest unprocessed or "predigested" (soy sauce, tofu is OK) soy. I wonder if some of these folks with gluten problems aren´t really having problems with all of the soy added to their food.
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