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Old 04-04-2014, 01:12 PM   #16
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Actually it isn't bacterias/viruses that are spliced, at least not harmful bacteria but they are used due to their simple form of DNA and DNA replication. It is a bit complicated to explain but prokaryotic cells are used (and bacteria are a form of prokaryotes, not viruses). Eukaryotes (most non-microscopic life forms) have a lot of junk in their DNA, a large part of which does absolutely nothing. Prokaryotes are much simple and don't have this junk so they are used in gene splicing. Using prokaryotes, scientists are able to insert DNA and have that DNA replicated due to the simplicity of their DNA. The only DNA that is spliced into food products is the specific section created, none of the host DNA is spliced in.
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Her article explaining how E. Coli is used for gene splicing - she works for a biotech co. so I'd probably take her word for the fact that bacteria IS used to splice genes.
http://www.biofortified.org/2014/03/e-coli-in-gmos/

I think it's funny that just because we don't know what certain protein chains in the DNA are used for we think it's junk; you know, like tonsils were junk not very many years ago...
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:00 PM   #17
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GMO corn in the U.S. goes to ethanol and animal feed. It's really hard to find sweet corn that has tested positive for GMO proteins. I don't eat cheap processed foods regularly which are the real sources of GMO proteins in the human diet (and of course meat). So I won't be giving up eat fresh sweet corn this summer- yet.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:29 PM   #18
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I've been trying to avoid GMOs all together, which wipes out pretty much all processed food, unless listed organic. I also follow the organic list on the dirty dozen vs. the clean 15. Other than that I sign every petition out there on labeling gmo foods. If they want to grow it, and use it, that's their business, but I have a right to know what's put in my body.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:53 PM   #19
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Quote" Layla Parker-Katiraee holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors degree in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently a Senior Scientist in Product Development at a California biotech company. All views and opinions expressed are her own. "

Her article explaining how E. Coli is used for gene splicing - she works for a biotech co. so I'd probably take her word for the fact that bacteria IS used to splice genes.
http://www.biofortified.org/2014/03/e-coli-in-gmos/

I think it's funny that just because we don't know what certain protein chains in the DNA are used for we think it's junk; you know, like tonsils were junk not very many years ago...
E. Coil is used but it isn't the same E. coli that can harm humans. In terms of eukaryotic DNA, research has shown that DNA replication skips over genes and they aren't used. The skipping of genes is why splicing eukaryotic DNA is difficult.
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:49 AM   #20
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Humans have been messing with modifying the genetics of plants since they have begun cultivating crops. Whether you splice a tomato plant, or a tree...cross pollinate...that is genetic modification.

It is interesting all the GMO scares and rumors have proliferated to such a stink. The fact that we can make higher yields and more tolerant crops to harsh environment is a wonderful thing. So many people are starving in this world. More people=more food.

The better your plants can resist bugs and drought the less you SPRAY chemicals on your food...less irrigation...etc. Some Organic farmers in fact do USE spray which they say is "natural", which we all know not all things in nature are edible.

If your a fan of Penn and Teller, Youtube the Organic Food http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1484481/ It is actually very enlightening and educational for a couple of comedians.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:19 AM   #21
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In and of itself, the GMO, is not the enemy.

If it were not for GMO, we would not have those wonderful, tasty ears of sweet corn. We would not have a variety, of wheat, white/soft summer, hard red winter. We would not have the huge variety of fruit and veg, that can be grown, in a number of USDA weather zones!

Sheesh, I can grow Kiwi, in Nebraska!

Corn is not the enemy!

Have any of you bothered to take a look at the beef industry?

Black Angus or ya can't eat it! Really? It has to have black hair, or it's inedible?

For you vegetarians. Have you looked into how the soybeans your tofu comes from are grown? Dang, they might be GMO! What about all that rice? Not a popular crop in the U.S. Anyone have any idea about the source of your rice? I don't.

If you think about it, a very small portion of our country, provides the food for the majority.

The American Farmer, and I am one is very proud and very passionate about what we do. It's how we make a living.

We are the stewards of our land, and the crops, and animals we grow. And we also have to keep conservation in mind.

It is not an easy task, to juggle, all the balls we have in the air, and make a living as well.

While I understand your concerns, it is beneficial to look at the other side of things. Keep an open mind. My family, and my husbands family as farmers and ranchers, have been a part of feeding America, for 100 years!
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Old 12-31-2014, 08:42 PM   #22
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Oh, I'll eat corn again. I can't wait to eat fresh, locally grown Silver Queen corn...


*presses her nose against the frozen window pane *

Is it summer yet?
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Oh summer!!...sigh....will we ever see summer again??
will I ever eat corn again?
butter dripping down my chin?
and more than a dash of salt?

Oh, I do hope I get skinny before I lose my teeth!
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Man, we all strive to eat healthy just to get crock-blocked by GMO food.

Is organic the only (expensive) solution to Monsanto crops?

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