I’m not sure what the general consensus is regarding genetically modified foods; whether most people don’t believe in them, or if most do. If most
are accepting of them, or if most are not. That being said, I would guess that most people who’ve heard the term GMO foods, or similar, do believe
they are used and do not wish to consume them. I would also guess, however, that the majority of people have not heard of them. The point of this
thread is to provide some information from both sides of the argument (though admittedly slightly biased)so that you can make your own decisions, as
well, for those who are concerned and don’t want modified foods, I will provide you some information so you can detect these modified foods;
especially if you are in a country that isn’t mandated by law to label them.
For a quick introduction to modified foods, please watch this quick 8 minute video on the matter.
Countries such as New Zealand and Japan do not allow the use of genetically modified organisms while countries such as the United States and Canada
not only allow the modified organism to be used, but don’t even regulate that the food should be labeled when it’s modified. Some countries,
especially European, do use modified foods, however, must label them so their consumers can make the decision for themselves.
For those of you who have not heard of genetically modified foods, there is a good chance the majority of what you eat has been modified; depending on
what country, state or province or city you live in, and the regulations governing modified foods in your area. For the most part, I believe it’s
claimed that modified foods serve a purpose which is overall good. Making such claims as being able to grow larger vegetables and/ or animals; to
include more nutrients in the food; to make the plant/ animal stronger against the elements, etcetera…etcetera….
Transgenic plants have been engineered to possess several desirable traits, such as resistance to pests, herbicides, or harsh environmental
conditions, improved product shelf life, and increased nutritional value. Since the first commercial cultivation of genetically modified plants in
1996, they have been modified to be tolerant to the herbicides glufosinate and glyphosate, to be resistant to virus damage as in Ringspot
virus-resistant GM papaya, grown in Hawaii, and to produce the Bt toxin, an insecticide that is non-toxic to mammals.
While this may be true and fine and dandy, it does have it’s drawbacks. Chickens, pigs and cows grow too rapidly and too big, unable to support
themselves. They grow tumorous, but since they will QUICKLY be ground for meat, are left without medical treatment. Plants are modified to produce
only one yield and no seeds; and are too easily cross pollinated with non-modified crops…this is slowly eliminating the existence of non modified
foods. Once a farmer’s crops are cross pollinated with modified crops, those farmers are then sued. As the following eye opening movie will
Food Inc was premiered on CBS… Source
And the following article will detail even further…
The genetically modified foods controversy is a dispute over the relative advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified (GM) food crops
and other uses of genetically-modified organisms in food production. The dispute involves biotechnology companies, governmental regulators,
non-governmental organizations and scientists. The dispute is most intense in Japan and Europe, where public concern about GM food is higher than in
other parts of the world such as the United States. In the United States GM crops are more widely grown and the introduction of these products has
been less controversial. The five key areas of political controversy related to genetically engineered food are food safety, the effect on natural
ecosystems, gene flow into non GE crops, moral/religious concerns, and corporate control of the food supply. To date, not a single instance of harm to
human health has been documented with GM crops. (My personal note…I doubt this latter.)
There is also the concern by some who believe in a mass depopulation agenda that these modified foods have had important nutrients removed…
“The U.N. has put out dozens of reports calling for an 80% reduction in population (most put the number at 90%). At the 1997 Women’s World
Conference in Beijing, the head of the U.N. Food Program said, “We will use food as a weapon against the people.”” In conjunction with Codex
Alimentarius, food will be limited and water consumption will be decreased to 10 gallons per day, per person. The average American uses 140 gallons of
water every day. The food provided will be Genetically Modified and nutrient deficient.
So how do you make a decision? Well in my opinion, anything not natural is not natural, and should be avoided. Could it help provide food to
impoverished or devastated countries, it’s claimed it could; but perhaps those countries themselves might disagree… Haiti Burns 400 Tones of Monsanto
On the other hand, genetically modified foods have been used since at least the 80’s, and have supposedly had no bad side effects, at least to
humans. There’s a good chance many of you have been eating nothing but modified foods since birth. So how do you feel? Do you feel you could be
healthier or loose weight? or do you feel you have fully met your potential? These thoughts could help you make a decision.
How, then can we identify these modified foods when there is no required label? First, if it says it’s 100% organic, it should be. So that’s how
you know if something is NOT modified, but not the only way, I suppose. In regards to produce; vegetables and fruit, seasonings and nuts, it’s as
simple as looking at the PLU code on the produce sticker or packaging.
The IFPS shall be responsible for deciding the assignment and definition of qualifying prefix digits
for international recognition. At present, only three digits have been allocated:
0 Applies to all non-qualified produce and is generally presented without the leading
8 Genetically modified
Growing Methodology Identification – Leading digit indicators (i.e. “9” or “8”) may be adopted for use on non-conventionally grown product
such as organic and genetically
modified/engineered items. (Please see “Frequently Asked Questions in this chapter.) Although the correct key entry of this leading digit, in
combination with the PLU, offers the ability to identify these products (often sold at a premium price), experience has shown that cashiers often
ignore this leading digit with a resulting loss in revenue at retail checkout. Consideration should therefore be given to a clear visual
identification of organic, or genetically modified items through a visually obvious means such as bright colored labels or clear use of the word
“organic”, etc. (taking into consideration the previous information relative to peripheral information).
I do want to note that while these codes will tell you about your food’s growth, if present, the PLU number is not mandatory by law…so not all
produce products will have the PLU number present. They are mainly used to help the grocer know how much to charge for any given specific product.
So What about meat then?
Purchase beef that is 100% grass-fed. Most cattle in the U.S. are grass-fed, but spend the last portion of their lives in feedlots where they may
be given GM corn, the purpose of which is to increase intramuscular fat and marbling. If you're looking to stay away from GMOs, make sure the cattle
were 100% grass-fed or pasture-fed (sometimes referred to as grass-finished or pasture-finished). The same applies to meat from other herbivores such
as sheep. There is also the slight possibility that the animals were fed GM alfalfa, although this is less likely if you buy meat locally. With
non-ruminants like pigs and poultry that cannot be 100% grass-fed, it's better to look for meat that is 100% organic.
I know, not much help on the meat, right. Well in all fairness, meat is NOT a necessary staple in the human diet…in fact, meat is a detriment. It
has been proven that an entirely raw foods diet (raw vegetables and fruit, unroasted nuts and seeds) have reversed the side effects of supposed aging.
Not that it matters, I’m sure, But I knew an old man who’s hair had graying and receding and who’s gum lines had began receding, and who
regained all of it after changing his diet to strictly raw foods. I managed it for a year, and was unbelievably healthy. During this time I got a flu
and was 103 degrees, but didn’t even know I was sick, was only cold then hot. But that’s another thread in it’s entirety. Sorry I’m not much
help on the meat aspect. I could suggest buying locally, from butchers or, preferable, from farmers themselves; since then, you could ask the farmers
directly. Definitely avoid fast foods and other processed foods. If anyone else has any other identifying techniques for meat, please post them.
After getting this information, I took it upon myself to take some pictures of the PLU numbers of products I have in my own fridge. Interestingly
enough I discovered the PLU on ALL of my vegetables and fruit, those that had it, were only 4 digits, indicating a prefix number of 0. I wanted to
include my pictures as I suspected to find some examples of each. Instead of adding those pictures, I ill describe my experience in looking for the
For the most part, it’s always on the sticker on the fruit or vegetable, depending on the food. I found the PLU on the bags for grapes and baby bok
choy. I have not found any PLU on my bread, and bread and other products that have several ingredients as bread does, will have a PLU number.
I hope this can act as some assistance to those who wish to understand and detect modified foods, whether you wish to avoid or consume these products;
though I wouldn’t recommend the latter. Please feel free to include any information you deem relevant.
Peace and One Love
edit on 31-5-2011 by Scorpitarius because: to fix a vid!
Propaganda "FOR" GMO? I'm pretty clear throughout my thread that I am not for GMO. I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion.
As for providing both sides of the argument, please re read the first paragraph...
The point of this thread is to provide some information from both sides of the argument (though admittedly slightly biased)
Oh my bad. I'm very sorry, I thought you meant my thread.
Interesting video you posted. It seems like this video is doing what my thread did, but veering in the opposite direction I did, lol.
Peace and One Love
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