Organic/Conventional/GMO/Hybrid/Natural Selection- ( Part 2 of 2)
In today's world of food, we are finding more and more controversy.
In this part 2 of 2, we will be looking at a discussion of the issues and some commentary. I don't know if there is a lot that we can do about the whole GMO deal. It is so widespread that I don't think a person can avoid it. It is in many pharmaceutical medicines, in all sorts of bacterias that are used in many food products, such as ones used in cheese and other dairy products. But don't get too excited by claiming that you don't use dairy products because the use of a GMO product of one sort or the other is used in many vegan type foods as well. Plus any and everything in between.
Part of why I say that I don't know if we can avoid the GMO thing is because of recombinant DNA, or aka, rDNA. For the most part, this whole concept is not a typical GMO situation but rather rearranging the DNA coding sequence, by using what is already there. As some of you may
know, I have been writing articles on Minerals. In the opening paragraph, I list some technical data on that particular mineral. One of those is the mineral and how many times it is used in the DNA sequencing coding. A particular mineral can be used millions of times in a single DNA
sequencing. So you can see how it is possible to do all sorts of things within that codon sequencing. To better understand this Recombinant thing, I did a cut and paste from Wikipedia on this subject. It is explained better there than I can ever do it, plus any of you can verify it rather easily. Here goes:
In most cases, organisms containing recombinant DNA have apparently normal phenotypes. That is, their appearance, behavior, and metabolism are usually unchanged, and the only way to demonstrate the presence of recombinant sequences is to examine the DNA itself, typically using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Significant exceptions exist and are discussed below.
If the rDNA sequences encode a gene that is expressed, then the presence of RNA and/or protein
products of the recombinant gene can be detected, typically using RT-PCR or western hybridization methods. Gross phenotypic changes are not the norm unless the recombinant gene has been chosen and modified so as to generate biological activity in the host organism. Additional phenotypes that are encountered include toxicity to the host organism induced by the recombinant gene product, especially if it is over-expressed or expressed within inappropriate
cells or tissues.
In some cases, recombinant DNA can have deleterious effects even if it is not expressed. One
mechanism by which this happens is insertional inactivation, in which the rDNA becomes inserted into a host cell's gene. In some cases, researchers use this phenomenon to "knock out" genes to determine their biological function and importance. Another mechanism by which rDNA insertion into chromosomal DNA can affect gene expression is by inappropriate activation of previously unexpressed host cell genes. This can happen, for example, when a recombinant DNA
fragment containing an active promoter becomes located next to a previously silent host cell gene, or when a host cell gene that functions to restrain gene expression undergoes insertional inactivation by recombinant DNA.
Here is another cut and paste paragraph;
The DNA sequences used in the construction of recombinant DNA molecules can originate from
any species. For example, plant DNA may be joined to bacterial DNA, or human DNA may be joined with fungal DNA. In addition, DNA sequences that do not occur anywhere in nature may be created by the chemical synthesis of DNA and incorporated into recombinant molecules. Using recombinant DNA technology and synthetic DNA, literally, any DNA sequence may be created and introduced into any of a very wide range of living organisms. "Unquote".
So as you can see the whole DNA stuff is clearly a GMO category issue. This type of GMO is more
widely used that they typical GMO stuff we read about in social media or in various media published material. While the public is kept busy with the few generalized plants that are GMO-ized, the real scary issue is not being talked about. The above paragraph makes the point that anything is possible. Anything that can be dreamed up is possible.
Heck, if someone wanted to, they could create a UFO alien and it would pass most of the tests to determine rather or not it was a humanoid. It would be listed as a human by almost all tests. Do you want a unicorn? No problem to do it, the only problem is getting someone willing to do it for you. Really this whole recombinant thing is so widespread, once again, I go to Wikipedia, so that you can go there and check for yourself, to verify, they list on the Recombinant DNA page the following, The production of Chymosin, to replace Rennet, used in making cheese. Insulin, for
Insulin-dependent diabetics. A lot of you know about HGH. well, it is really rHGH. They used to get it from the pituitary glands of cadavers. This was serious because it ran the risk of giving people, and it did give many people Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. simply this is a disease that causes the brain to turn into a sponge. Once you have this one, you might last a year. Then the contents of old noggin are nothing but a smoothie. Factor Vlll Blood clotting protein. So you don't bleed out. Hepatitis B vaccines, HIV diagnosis test material, Golden Rice is a famous food that was done through rDNA rather than conventional GMO practices. Then you have the Herbicide and Insecticide-resistant class of material. This is just the short list.
Another cut and paste;
Controversy Scientists associated with the initial development of recombinant DNA methods recognized that the potential existed for organisms containing recombinant DNA to have undesirable or dangerous properties. At the 1975 Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, these concerns were discussed and a voluntary moratorium on recombinant DNA
research was initiated for experiments that were considered particularly risky. This moratorium was widely observed until the National Institutes of Health (USA) developed and issued formal guidelines for rDNA work. Today, recombinant DNA molecules and recombinant proteins are usually not regarded as dangerous. However, concerns remain about some
organisms that express recombinant DNA, particularly when they leave the laboratory and are introduced into the environment or food chain. These concerns are discussed in the articles on genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food controversies. (End of quote).
I don't mean to freak you out here, but you really need to deal with reality when you discuss
these subjects. But before I end the discussion here on this I need to bring in some talk about some Herbicides. I have on occasion, well more than on occasion, have discussed the big 3. One is Atrazine. The next one is Glyphosate and the other is 2, 4 D. The last one is simply a calmed down version of Agent Orange. Every one of these is an endocrine disruptor. All of these block the uptake of certain minerals. All of them will do various other actions, but the main action they do is to cause uncontrolled growth. What have I made reference to as being a simple issue? Cancer, cancer is simply an uncontrolled growth situation. The challenge is to figure out which switch got turned on and then figure out how to turn it off. So when you go and figure the life cycle of an annual plant, or even a bi-annual or a perennial plant, then factor in their life cycle or the cycle from coming out of dormancy to going into dormancy, then factor the life cycle of a human, well it scares the daylights out of you. Their 3 days or 7 days or even 10 days that it takes from the time you apply some of these herbicides to the total death of the plant, closely
correlates to the timetable of many cancers from the human being exposed to a cancer-causing agent, to the time the human would likely die from cancer, if left untreated. I mean this is twilight zone stuff, (play that music here), lol.
So now in light of this, go back up to the earlier paragraphs that I did a cut and paste of,
re-read those and connect the dots. The problems are not only related to cancers. This recombinant DNA stuff is applied to and throughout the whole DNA sequencing coding, the issues related to the controversies are real and are legitimately based on scientific criteria. When you consider the possibilities and how it could, could at least in theory, then it could explain many of the upticks in diseases and health issues over the same time frame of Recombinant and other GMO developments and their related products.
Now we can move forward to answer the questions like, Is GMO organic? Well first off Organic is
the method of production related. So yes, a GMO plant can be organic. If the GMO plant is grown under the organic growing conditions, then yes, perhaps it is organic. Besides many food kinds of stuff are marketed as Organic and are clearly GMO derived. If the same GMO derived plant is not grown under Organic standards, then no it isn't organic. However, some Organic certifying organizations do take into consideration the seed type and do not allow GMO derived
seeds to be organically certified, even if grown under organic conditions. So you would find it necessary to check if the Organic type Certifying agency's views the GMO thing in this light as to rather they allow GMO or not.
At the present time, there is a huge peeing match going on within the USDA Organic Certifying
process as to rather or not if GMO types should or can be allowed and labeled as "Organic". They are trying to determine if that rule should be written into the rules or left out. In the past, it has been avoided, but it has come to the point of where they can't avoid it anymore. So a decision will be made, sooner or later. Likely later, since it is the government.
Next question, Is "wildcrafted" Organic or not? The same idea applies here, only with a twist. Was
the plant originally a GMO product? Has it had some of these herbicides applied, either directly or by drift? See a wildcrafted plant is many time nothing more than just a perennial plant. By definition, this type of plant can continue to grow without cultivation. Soit could be in say a meadow. Where some farming is done, but the plant itself is
reproducing itself. So no more human intervention is done rather than to maybe apply some water or fertilizer. Yet by definition, that plant is "wildcrafted". Whereas at other times, a plant's production is obtained from a plant that is truly in a wildcrafted growing situation. We actually get some oils from plants in this very situation, and it is verified by me, so I know for a fact they are wildcrafted and without any of the herbicide drift or serious pollution issues. Sometimes an oil or herb or food is obtained from a "farmed" source. Many times these are perhaps the purest
and cleanest plants out there. So you really shouldn't discount them on that factor alone.
OK, let's move on. I bring the oils and herbs into the discussion in an off-handed way. I did this
to bring this aspect into the discussion. Many times in the essential oil world we get people carping the world over about purity. They freak out over the stupidest little things. But at the same time, they are oblivious to the above issues of the GMO controversy or in relation to the recombinant aspects. They want to read the reports on the certain oil. I don't have a problem with that, but when they carp about the oil not being any good because itis more towards the lower end of the parameter of the parameters of what the oil should be, yet they don't consider the whole. Then I think about the stuff mentioned about and I say to myself, are you freaking for real?
So what is the solution for all of this? In simple terms do the best you can do. Learn all
you can and try to take in less over more of the GMO stuff. One of the big things that I have noticed in doing the research on these mineral articles that I am doing is this; Many of the solutions, pharmaceutical wise, are mineral based medicines. I kid you not. For the real serious stuff. Mineral based solutions. In doing the research to verify and to make sure I include some pertinent information, it takes me a good 20 hours to do each mineral. So within that time
frame, I see a number of patterns coming to the surface. One is as before mentioned mineral based medicines. Another is the amino acid connection, another is enzymes and of course vitamins and omegas, just to name a few. Pretty much nutritional based solutions. What about the essential oils? How do they fit in nutritionally? I have clearly shown on each mineral how they fit in and contribute nutritionally on parts per million bases, sometimes parts per another number,
but million is the most common. When considered in that light and the daily usage of a parts per, (name a number) basis, some really clear pictures begin to form. More of this material will be discussed in the lecture series on minerals. In the past, I have discussed some individual situations in regard to this controversy, so those are posted in the FB group or on Leiann's web site. I wish we could discuss the electrical and emotional stuff here, butit is outside of the scope of these two parts and the topic of them.
The main thrust of these 2 parts was to answer the questions on the title of this. I hope I
have described it in a manner that makes some sense. Asalways thank you for your time. I hope you have found value in this 2 part series.