Sunday, September 27, 2015

YOU Are What YOU Eat

Inspiration Video

She's A Two Slicer... King of Queens

I just seen this clip this past week, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I wanted to share that here. Coincidentally, it relates to our topic of research this week.

Skyler's inspiration from her movie inspired me to watch something that would inspire me.

So I went to Netflix, and I found this documentary on GMO's... 

We've all heard about GMO's, but what do we really understand about GMO's...

After watching this documentary, I couldn't help myself but to start having more conversations about GMO's and the reality of how much we deliberately are left in the dark about. So I started telling my best friend about this documentary, and I told her how Monsanto's genetically engineered food is literally IN everything. I continued to explaining to her that Monsanto genetically engineered food is across multiple crops. 

That there isn't significant research that has been brought to light, mainly because the corporations impede on research that isn't flattering for them to be peer-reviewed or released to the public. Although scientists are continuing to study regardless, and finding out that studies done on rats at 5 months develop large tumors. 

The life span of a rat is 2 years, at 5 months old, exposed/feed GM Food are developing large tumors...this comparison in human years translates to 30-40 years we'll start to see these results in humans. Genetically modified food was first introduced 15 years ago in the United States. 

If you watch the documentary in full, you'll also learn that these genetically engineered crops long term are not sustainable as conventional crops, and conventional crops yield as much as genetically modified crops. 

Highlights from Seeds of Evil: Monsanto and Genetic Engineering:

  • GE seeds are very expensive compared to traditional seeds, and have to be repurchased every planting season
  • GE crops require much more water to grow, have much higher requirements for fertilizers and pesticide, and provide no increased yield
  • The "Green Revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s has funneled money toward the middle class and away from the farming/peasant classes
  • Rising prices for seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and other farm supplies, along with falling prices for farm commodities. These lead farmers to take out high-interest loans from opportunistic moneylenders
  • A shift from polyculture farming (diverse crops) to monoculture farming (primarily cotton) had depleted the soil and increased pest infestation on crop ⦁    Limited water supplies, periodic drought, decreased monsoon rainfall, and poor access to irrigation
  • Lack of government support, grossly inadequate government relief programs, and predatory salesmen

Two Types of GMO's

Pesticide Producers and Herbicide Resisters

Article Links:

  1. What are the health impacts of GMO’s?
  2. Wanted it labeled but it’s not, and why not?
  3. Do we not want it enough?
  4. It doesn't seem legal to let big corporations manipulate our governments with law suits to push policy in there favor, what are your thoughts on this?
  5. If you had a choice between non-gmo and gmo, which would you choose?


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  2. I had no idea that GMO's had that effect on our bodies and that it is so common. It would be interesting if we put the effects of GMOs on labels to generate awareness of them. On the flip side, there could also be labels on organic products, bringing awareness to what they are. Putting these products next to each other and making organic food comparable in pricing would hopefully be more of an incentive to buy organic.

  3. For further reading:

    It addresses all the things that people argue as GMO benefits :)


Just keeping things on the up and up since this is for my students to communicate first.