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Genetic Engineering

There is a general loathing for GMO that may be going beyond the rational.  This problem arises when most of the more popular critics of the very complex science of genetics are mere novices in the field of genetics.  Some of them are apparently using the fear they generate to promote their own agendas and nothing else.  The general public knows so little about genetics it cannot properly evaluate the critics.  So herein lies a problem.

When one follows The Real Diet of Man, the prospects for eating traces of whatever GMO one fears in the grass-fed meats and green leafy vegetables is next to zero if not zero.  There is no other combination of foods that can make that claim.  In addition, to date, even though billions of people and trillions of animals have eaten GMO foods, the Center for Disease Control has not yet recorded one case where there was a problem.  But the CDC has recorded billions of cases of chronic disease that we know are caused by eating foods that are not in The Real Diet of Man.  Therefore one can assume that the very fundamental chemical properties of corn, for instance, is far and away more significant to impairing the health of humans than any strain of GMO plants.

The focus on any particular food being simply organic and/or nonGMO takes consumers' eyes off the ball.  It leads them to believe those factors, which are not measurable in terms of human health statistics, are far more important than the actual foods consumed.  Even if they are important, the negatives are so insignificant relative to the known damage caused by improper foods, that until people change to The Real Diet of Man no one will be able to detect their impact.

This approach is what is called going beyond organic.  Our food products are not an issue in this debate.  But just the same, it is best if people focus on the overall chemistry of foods rather than small individual aspects.  In other words, every food (even sugar) can be embellished with certain positive attributes.  But the overall impact is what's important.  Many fruits are extolled as being super foods, yet they are dangerously high glycemic.  Many nuts are recommended as substitutes for grain or quick energy, yet they are sources for heavy doses of inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids.  Some popular vegetables are not nutrient dense, are high glycemic, and have skewed fatty acid profiles.  This is why we provide a Food Analysis section in our website.

So, rather than being stampeded into running down a science where the verdict may not yet be in and one in which our foods are not involved in the first place, we want to underscore the importance of evaluating the chemistry of foods themselves.  The fundamental weight of elements and compounds in the food one eats has a HUGE impact on their health whereby the many possible contaminants are mostly benign in comparison.  In this section are very reputable reports and articles that provide balance in the GMO debate.  If GMO is still a major concern for you, then limit your foods to our grass-fed meats and selected vegetables as suggested in The Real Diet of Man.

Will GMOs Hurt My Body? The Public’s Concerns and How Scientists Have Addressed Them

Summary: As the prevalence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continues to rise, there has been an increasing public interest for information concerning the safety of these products. Concerns generally focus on how the GMO may affect the environment or how it may affect the consumer. One specific concern is the possibility for GMOs to negatively affect human health. This could result. . .

Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values

Scientists have studied gene drives for more than 50 years. The development of a powerful genome editing tool in 2012, CRISPR/Cas9 led to recent breakthroughs in gene drive research that built on that half century’s worth of knowledge, and stimulated new discussion of the potential applications and implications of gene drive technologies.

GMO Answers

Genetically modified organisms — GMOs — are a major topic of discussion today. Across our society, media and the Internet, a growing number of people have shared a wide range of questions and emotions on the topic – ranging from excitement and optimism to skepticism and even fear.

How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food

I, too, was once in that activist camp. A lifelong environmentalist, I opposed genetically modified foods in the past. Fifteen years ago, I even participated in vandalizing field trials in Britain. Then I changed my mind.

After writing two books on the science of climate change, I decided I could no longer continue taking a pro-science position on global warming and an anti-science position on G.M.O.s.

GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas

This is the home of the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas, or GENERA, which is a searchable database of peer-reviewed research on the relative risks of genetically engineered crops that includes important details at-a-glance. GENERA is a project of Biology Fortified, Inc., which is an independent tax-exempt nonprofit organization devoted to providing factual information and fostering discussion about issues in biology, with a particular emphasis on plant genetics and genetic engineering in agriculture.

Genetic Literacy Project

Agricultural and human biotechnology are reshaping farming, food and medicine. The GLP explores the intersection of DNA research, media and policy to disentangle science from ideology.

Genetic research and biotechnology can improve food security, the environment and public health.  Yet dramatic innovation can lead to unintended consequences and present ethical challenges.  In theory, the study of genetics and related cutting edge sciences are widely celebrated.  But in practice, the words “gene” and “genetic engineering” often stir fear and misunderstanding when applied to biomedicine and farming.  Intricate science scares people who don’t understand risk and complexity.  What is the potential of agricultural and human genetics?  The commitment of the GLP is to promote public awareness of genetics and science literacy.

U. C. Davis Study on Health and Nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed

A 2014 scientific review from the University of California, Davis, reports on the performance and health of food-producing animals consuming genetically engineered feed that was first introduced 18 years ago.

The review, led by UC Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam, examined nearly 30 years of livestock-feeding studies that represent more than 100 billion animals.

Collaborating on the study was co-author Amy E. Young in the UC Davis Department of Animal Science.

Scientific American: Study Linking GMO Corn to Rat Tumors Is Retracted

Bowing to scientists' near-universal scorn, the journal "Food and Chemical Toxicology" today fulfilled its threat to retract a controversial paper claiming that a genetically modified (GM) maize causes serious disease in rats, after the authors refused to withdraw it.  The link to this story plus the links in the article provide insight into critical thinking.  The comments submitted by the many readers are also very interesting.