Cloning Frankenbaby?

Ok, you might remember a couple of posts I did about GMO‘s (genetically modified organisms) that are in our food.  This is a new technology where genes from one species is forced into DNA of another.  There are many, many reasons why we don’t need GMO’s in our food and you can get a whole bevy of answers HERE.

But guess what is going on now?  This is crazy!!  Now scientists are messing with CHILDREN!  YES!!  Check this out:

(NaturalNews) US fertility researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas in New Jersey have created 30  healthy babies who have been genetically altered. It has been confirmed that two  of these children have the DNA of three parents.

The babies were created  when women were treated for infertility by Professor Jacques Cohen and his team.  Their eggs had defects in tiny structures in their egg cells called  mitochondria. They had mitochondria from donor eggs inserted into these eggs, as  well as DNA from sperm cells. The mitochondria contain DNA and therefore have  carried the donor DNA into the egg. The babies will now pass on this genetic  change to their children down the maternal line when they reproduce.

Are you kidding me? I don’t care how brilliant or ‘ahead of his time’  Professor Cohen has been described, this is wrong and it’s not happening in a foreign country….it’s in New Jersey.  There are medical, social, ethical and many, many more issues that are being raised.

‘The majority of published research shows that death or mutilation of the clone are the most likely outcomes of mammalian cloning’ said John Kilner, president of the Centre for Bioethics and Human Dignity in the United States.

People, we’re messing with some dangerous stuff here.  You can read more about this on these sites:

1.  http://www.naturalnews.com/036372_genetically_modified_human_babies.html

2.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/254843-what-are-the-risks-of-cloning/

3.  http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/tech/cloning/cloningrisks/

What do you think about this?  Do you think we should be cloning babies?

another post about that GMO thingy….

People, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are just not good.  They are not good for you and they are not good for me….and evidently not good for the animals tested because of pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd shaped cell nuclei and other unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates……..but other than that…………

In March 2001, the Center for Disease Control reported that food is responsible for twice the number of illnesses in the U.S. compared to estimates just seven years earlier. This increase roughly corresponds to the period when Americans have been eating GM food.

Our kids face the greatest risk from the potential dangers of GM foods for the same reasons they face the greatest risk from other hazards like pesticides and radiation, these include:

Young, fast-developing bodies are influenced most.

Children are more susceptible to allergies. 

Children are more susceptible to problems with milk.

Children are more susceptible to nutritional problems. 

Children are in danger from antibiotic resistant disease.

You can read about 65 health risks from GMO’s HERE.

And you can find a Non-GMO Shopping Guide HERE.

And get involved!  There is a group called Non-GMO Project created for consumers that believes that EVERYONE has a right to be informed about what they are eating.

The NON GMO Project scientifically tests all of the individual ingredients that make up a product using a third party testing facility. Products that have been certified are labeled with a NON GMO Project Verified label.

In the mean time, stick to whole organic foods that you can ensure are for the most part not modified like local and/or organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. Skip the processed foods unless they are certified by the NON GMO Project.

get your GMO’s outta my food!!

Have you heard about these?  GMO means genetically modified organism. 

Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that forces genetic information across the protective species barrier in an unnatural way.  In other words, genes from one species are forced into the DNA of other species.  Remember when tobacco, asbestos and DDT were all declared safe?  Yeah, it’s kinda like that….

Bottom line?  GMO’s are NOT safe!!  Virtually all commercial GMO’s are engineered to withstand herbicides and insecticides.   A field can now be sprayed with chemicals and everything will die except for the resistant crop.

Graham Wynne, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, says: “The ability to clear fields of all weeds using powerful herbicides which can be sprayed onto GM herbicide-resistant crops will result in farmlands devoid of wildlife and will spell disaster for millions of already declining birds and plants.”

There are also GM virus-resistant crops. Prof Joe Cummins says: “Probably the greatest threat from genetically altered crops is the insertion of modified virus and insect virus genes into crops – genetic recombination will create virulent new viruses from such constructions. The widely used cauliflower mosaic virus (present in the GM soy and maize currently on supermarket shelves in the UK) is a potentially dangerous gene. It is very similar to the Hepatitis B virus and related to HIV. Modified viruses could cause famine by destroying crops or cause human and animal diseases of tremendous power.”

Why be concerned? Well, other than that Hep B and HIV dealio,  one of many good reasons is that these laboratory-created mutations are unlabeled, virtually untested and on grocery shelves everywhere…..right now.

The problem with GM foods is their unpredictability. A person may prove unexpectedly allergic to a food he has previously eaten safely.  For this reason, people who are hyperallergenic or environmentally sensitive may want to avoid GM foods.  How do we know WHICH foods have GMO’s?  Don’t they have to label them or tell us?

Here’s the kicker….No!   The powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from all of us. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

If you get a chance, check out this film called The Future of Food.  I watched it on Hulu Plus last night and was appalled!!!  You can go to their website HERE and either watch it online (I hope you are not at work because it is lengthy) or you can download it or buy the DVD.  I had no idea what the big companies are doing to our farms.

With the increase in several diseases in America, it can be due to the profound changes in our diet!  Everyone eats…..everyone is affected.

So why GMO’s in the first place?

The promise:  highly productive crops feeding the starving millions, vegetables growing in the desert, vitamin fortified grains…

The facts:  none of these are available.  In fact the only two traits that are found in nearly all commercialized genetically modified plants are herbicides and/or pesticide production.  Soy, corn, cotton and canola plants are engineered with bacterial genes to survive deadly doses of herbicides.

It’s important that we know what is going in our bodies!  Another great article is found HERE.

STAY INFORMED, MY PEEPS!