Last year sometime someone shared a post on facebook about food activists and I was was meh not impressed. You can tell how much it affected me: read, not at all. And today I was recording a show about GMOs and Hybrid plants and the DIFFERENCE between them when I had an understanding, a real DUH moment.
First of all I was recording a show about Hybrids and GMOs because there is a HUGE amount of confusion about what’s what. Cornish Roaster chickens ARE NOT GMO they are a HYBRID but the corn and soy you’re feeding them probably is GMO unless you’re feeding ORGANIC corn and soy. Anyway short story is this
- HYBRIDS are cross pollinated plants this cross pollination CAN happen in nature but in order to sell seeds that breed true to the Hybrid most of the pollination happens by man or mechanically or whatever it doesn’t just magically happen. If you try to plant seeds from a hybrid the worst that will happen is you’ll get throwbacks to it’s parent’s genes and not the hybrid.
- GMOs, genetically modified organisms, are created in a laboratory, their DNA is altered by a particle gun-they need special herbicides and pesticides to preform well–the seeds are patented and if you try to, or accidentally, grow them without paying for them you can be sued by the seeds creator.
BIG differences but why the big fuss over GMOs? I discovered a few reasons and I’m sure there are TONS more but here are the biggies
- what does eating plants with modified DNA do to us? NO ONE KNOWS because we’ve only been eating them for a while now while normal food has been around for thousands of years
- plants grown on nutritionally deficient lands, poisoned land, lands that get tons of poison dumped on them to stop weeds and pests. they produce foods that are nutritionally deficient and covered in poison
- seeds HAVE to be bought along with the ONLY pesticides and herbicides the seeds will respond to–these plants are BUILT to resist herbicides
- owners of the GMO patents have the right to sue ANYONE caught with plants that have GMO DNA even IF they their crops were naturally cross pollinated by GMO crops