Genetically Modified Organisms Explained

When it comes to the health and the safety of our food supply, few issues are as contentious as the debate on GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms. At this point, most consumers have heard of GMOs, but many still don’t understand exactly what they are, or what all the fuss is about.

How GMOs Are Created

Genetically modified organisms are the product of scientific processes that allow the genetic material from one organism to be “spliced” into the genetic makeup of another organism. Researchers have come up with some novel uses for this process, such as creating glow-in-the-dark mice, pigs with cowhides, and goats that produce spider-silk protein when they lactate.

So far, however, the bulk of the genetic tinkering has been performed on plants. Plants can be modified to produce all sorts of effects. They can be altered to be frost resistant, or to have better immunity from common diseases. They can be modified so they’re unharmed by commonly used herbicides, or given genes that cause them to produce insecticides that will protect them from foraging insects.

The most common GMO crops in the U.S. are corn, soybeans, canola, and cotton.

GMOs: Solution to World Hunger or Public Health Menace?

The creators of Genetically Modified Organisms claim that they’re perfectly safe to eat, and do not have deleterious effects on the environment. They cite several benefits to the creation and utilization of GMOs, including:

• A more robust food supply that is less vulnerable to droughts, pests and diseases
• Larger crop yields, producing enough food to feed the world’s hungry
• Better flavor, texture, and shelf-lives
• Improved nutritional content

Ending world hunger and creating healthier food certainly sound like noble undertakings, but critics of big biotech companies paint a very different picture.

There are also concerns about the safety of consuming GMO crops. While the World Health Organization has asserted that GMOs are no less safe than traditional crops, critics point to studies that indicate that we still have much to discover about the long-term effects of including GMOs in our diets.

Our Spirulina Is Non-GMO Project Verified

At Nutrex Hawaii, we’re passionate about health and the environment. And regardless of our personal opinions on the GMO debate, we believe our customers have the right to know where their supplements come from. That’s why we’re so proud to offer Non-GMO Verified Spirulina.

What does Non-GMO Verified mean? It means that our Spirulina has been independently verified by the Non-GMO Project to contain absolutely no genetically modified materials. The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only independent verifier of Non-GMO products, meaning their certification is a mark of safety and quality that consumers can trust.


Sources:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/897705/genetically-modified-organism-GMO

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/photos/12-bizarre-examples-of-genetic-engineering

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/10/monsanto-wins-lawsuit_n_3417081.html

http://source.southuniversity.edu/genetically-modified-foods-explained-80625.aspx

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408390701855993#tabModule


Disclaimer:
The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.

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When it comes to the health and the safety of our food supply, few issues are as contentious as the debate on GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms. At this point, most consumers have heard of GMOs, but many still don’t understand exactly what they are, or what all the fuss is about.

How GMOs Are Created

Genetically modified organisms are the product of scientific processes that allow the genetic material from one organism to be “spliced” into the genetic makeup of another organism. Researchers have come up with some novel uses for this process, such as creating glow-in-the-dark mice, pigs with cowhides, and goats that produce spider-silk protein when they lactate.

So far, however, the bulk of the genetic tinkering has been performed on plants. Plants can be modified to produce all sorts of effects. They can be altered to be frost resistant, or to have better immunity from common diseases. They can be modified so they’re unharmed by commonly used herbicides, or given genes that cause them to produce insecticides that will protect them from foraging insects.

The most common GMO crops in the U.S. are corn, soybeans, canola, and cotton.

GMOs: Solution to World Hunger or Public Health Menace?

The creators of Genetically Modified Organisms claim that they’re perfectly safe to eat, and do not have deleterious effects on the environment. They cite several benefits to the creation and utilization of GMOs, including:

• A more robust food supply that is less vulnerable to droughts, pests and diseases
• Larger crop yields, producing enough food to feed the world’s hungry
• Better flavor, texture, and shelf-lives
• Improved nutritional content

Ending world hunger and creating healthier food certainly sound like noble undertakings, but critics of big biotech companies paint a very different picture.

There are also concerns about the safety of consuming GMO crops. While the World Health Organization has asserted that GMOs are no less safe than traditional crops, critics point to studies that indicate that we still have much to discover about the long-term effects of including GMOs in our diets.

Our Spirulina Is Non-GMO Project Verified

At Nutrex Hawaii, we’re passionate about health and the environment. And regardless of our personal opinions on the GMO debate, we believe our customers have the right to know where their supplements come from. That’s why we’re so proud to offer Non-GMO Verified Spirulina.

What does Non-GMO Verified mean? It means that our Spirulina has been independently verified by the Non-GMO Project to contain absolutely no genetically modified materials. The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only independent verifier of Non-GMO products, meaning their certification is a mark of safety and quality that consumers can trust.


Sources:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/897705/genetically-modified-organism-GMO

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/photos/12-bizarre-examples-of-genetic-engineering

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/10/monsanto-wins-lawsuit_n_3417081.html

http://source.southuniversity.edu/genetically-modified-foods-explained-80625.aspx

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408390701855993#tabModule


Disclaimer:
The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.

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