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Stop opposing GMOs, Nobel laureates say

Stop opposing GMOs, Nobel laureates say | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
It's the latest sign of a rift between the scientific establishment and anti-GMO activists.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 1, 10:41 AM

Environmental activists are often frustrated when climate change skeptics do not listen to the scientific consensus that the Earth's climate has changed because of humanity's collective actions.  On the flip side, some environmental organizations, such as Greenpeace, ignore the overwhelming scientific consensus that GMOs are safe for human consumption.  Both have been highly politicized and tap into larger narratives that confirm particular world views.  Most of the opposition to GMOs is not because of the information that is out there, but the fear of the unknown that GMOs illicit.  

 

Tags: GMOs, technology, agriculture, agribusiness.  

Marc Meynardi's curator insight, July 2, 3:42 AM
And then ? Should everyone blindly accept what scientists have discovered ? No opposition for nothing ? This is the end of the humanity if we do so Mr Nobel Laureate.
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Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) - Myths and Truths

The information is based on the new report "GMO Myths and Truths" by EarthOpenSource.org. You can find more information here: http://earthopensource.org/inde...
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This is produced by Earth Open Source organization as a political add for a California initiative. It gives the opposite view of the BASFA video.

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Alex Smiga's curator insight, February 13, 12:06 PM

The other side of the GMO issue

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The Misleading War on GMOs: The Food Is Safe. The Rhetoric Is Dangerous.

The Misleading War on GMOs: The Food Is Safe. The Rhetoric Is Dangerous. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products nearly tripled. Whole Foods will soon...
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Agriculture unit. Another perspectiveon the GMO debate. Good to challenge both sides. 

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Bill Nye Takes On A Controversial Issue In A Way That Pretty Much Everyone Can Get On Board With

Bill Nye Takes On A Controversial Issue In A Way That Pretty Much Everyone Can Get On Board With | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
This forgotten Bill Nye clip is just what the GMO debate needs to see right now.
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Good review of GMOs

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Wild rice gene gives yield boost

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A gene from wild Indian rice plants can significantly raise the yield of common varieties in nutrient-poor soils by boosting root growth.

 

While many are leery of GMOs (with good reasons linked to health), it is important to recognize that there is society value to agricultural research that works on improving yields.  This article would be a good "other side of the coin" resource to share when discussing GMOs.   


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NYTimes Video: Cultivating Dinner

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Americans ate 475 million pounds of tilapia last year, making this once obscure African native the most popular farmed fish in the United States.

 

Industrial farming, human-introduced species, GMOs, outsourcing and environmental impacts are but some of the relevant themes from this video.  How are global taste buds reshaping the geographic landscape? 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 25, 2013 9:04 AM

Industrial farming, human-introduced species, GMOs, outsourcing and environmental impacts are but some of the relevant themes from this video.  How are global taste buds reshaping the geographic landscape?


Tags: GMOsindustry, food, agriculture, agribusiness,

 

Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 25, 2013 12:44 PM

My concern is how safe is bioengineered food?  How has its nutritional content been altered?  Until some of our questions about bioengineered food can be answered by the FDA and other government officials I remain leery about the potential side effects that might occur from eating it and wonder how nutritious it really is.

megan b clement's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:59 AM
The video discusses how now alot of countries are industrially farm raising their fish. Tilapia is a perfect example Americans ate 475 million pounds of Tilapia last year. Ten years ago you would never even hear about Tilapia because it was not a popular fish. Times have changed how they raise them and then ship them out the video shows one of the farms where they grow the TIlapia.
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Here's what your food would look like if it weren't genetically modified over millennia

Here's what your food would look like if it weren't genetically modified over millennia | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
[Business Insider] Bet you've never seen fruits and veggies that look like these before.
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We have been changing the genetics of our food from the beginning of domestication of plants. As we have learned more about genetics that has been applied to our food supply. GMOs are not new, just the methods we use to do this 

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Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Genetically modified organisms have become the world’s most controversial food. But the science is more clear-cut.
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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 2015 4:41 PM

GMOs have caused a lot of controversy since they first appeared in markets. This article lists 10 claims against GMOs and uses scientific studies and other information to prove that GMOs that make it to the shelves are in fact safe to eat.

 

This article is related to agricultural and rural land use through the genetically modified foods as an agricultural practice in food production. This remains an area of controversy but is very common today and is found in many different kinds of plants.

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 9:09 AM

Biotechnology, including genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Genetically modified Organisms(GMOs) are a result of new technologies of the Green Revolution and apart in finding ways to feed the world. Many questions and negativities come up from these gene injected, manipulated organisms. GMOs are mass produced in the United States, but many people are unaware that most of the food they eat contains GMOs, unless there is a label to clarify otherwise. Once people are educated on this part of the deal, they are furious, because they think that they deserve to have the right to choose GMO or non-GMOs, but companies producing GMOs will not take full credit for it (Monsanto for example). Many argue whether GMOs are a solution to world hunger, or if they are dangerous due to the lack of knowledge of their long term effects. Many negatives are raised about foods, such as that they cause allergies, diseases and other health issues, if they cause decrease in biodiversity, or super crops which create super pests, if they are a harm to beneficial pests, that GMOs spread to other crop fields, and that they create a food that is not essentially natural to how the organism was created to be. Brands of apples are coming out that are genetically modified to contain natural fertilizers to keep pests away, and mixed genes so that they take longer to brown or bruise. Also most corns, soy, papayas, sugars, and cheeses are all products of GMOs, and are put into foods across the globe that people are not warned about. If people eat GMOs, it is mostly because they do not know about them or they don't care what they eat. But, the world deserves to know all the factors of Genetically Engineered Organisms and they deserve to choose a side. 

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Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules

Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Products described as not containing genetically modified organisms, whether that statement has been verified or not, are increasingly appearing in stores.
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Many people say they want labels on GMOs but still support GMOs.  States are beginning to require labels but will that cause confusion if there is not uniformity between states?

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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 14, 2015 6:33 PM

Unit 5 Agriculture                                                                                                                   This article describes the confusion behind the non-GMO and GMO free labels. Many food products claim to be GMO free, but are really not certified by any organization and have no proof of being non-GMO. The companies just slap on a label saying GMO free, because people are nowadays shifting towards buying non-GMO foods and it increases their sales. However, in reality there is no guarantee that the product you are buying is in fact GMO free.                                                Ever since the start of the Green Revolution and the development of GMOs people have been struggling to identify whether certain foods contain GMOs or don't. Many labels claiming non-GMO have been created, but the credibility of these labels are questionable. The non-GMO project has been working to certify products that are GMO free, but many companies have just created their own labels claiming their product is non-GMO and the consumer has no idea which label is actually true. As genetically modified seeds spread, it will soon be impossible to eat a GMO free diet, because GMOs will be found in everything.

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Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu.

 

This is a compelling analysis of the agricultural food system through the case-study of fish farms.  If we fish the seas like we clear-cut forests, the biodiversity of the world's waters will be seriously depleted.  That has been the economic model for fishing for hundreds of years and it is obviously not sustainable given the growing population and demand for fish.   However, not all "sustainable" fish farming businesses are equal, and this TED talk demonstrates some of the best practices to restructure the food industry for the best food and environmental results.


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EnviroJMS's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:29 AM

This is an interesting video on sustainable fish farming, it might be helpful to someone who wants to write about sustainable farming. Apologies, it is quite long

 

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