GMO Corn Questions

A recent conversion about GMOs came through from a piece of fiction. Since food affects everyone and we don’t produce our own food any more. The last part meaning you may have a garden or fruit trees, but the ability to raise cow, chickens, and pork isn’t allowed in every community.

GMO is abbreviation for Genetic Modified Organism. Us humans have been playing with our food for thousands of years. For instance, in 1400’s corn had kernels on the top of the plant, not ears covered with them. Today, bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) corn actually has genetic coding from bacteria included in its own DNA. Thus modifying its genetics. While selective breeding has created thousands of varieties over decades, the process of genetic splicing produces much faster results.

Crop production is the added benefit through either faster production, resistance to pests, and/or resistance to herbicides. The ‘traditional’ of pest control methods included things like applying sprays of Bacillus thuringiensis (bt). The bacteria is light sensitive did sunlight would break down the applications of bacteria fairly quickly. Which means lots of reapplying. And high costs to purchase more and more product. But why use it, the bacteria has a chemical toxic to pests and only dissolves in alakine digestive systems. Hey, ours are highly acidic! Therefore extremely safe for humans, birds, cows and pigs.

Don’t mistake the Bacillus thuringiensis for the bt Corn. There are differences in what they are and why. The corn plant has the bt genes in its stalk, leaves, silks, ears, and roots. So Mr Bug eats at any part and ingests the toxin. Goodbye, Mr Bug. So far, so good. The bacteria has an outer shell between the toxin and the bug. The digestive juices eats away the shell. We don’t digest the shell, so we don’t ingest the toxin.

There have been several studies to investigate the level of scariness that bt Corn should cause. Obviously, producers of bt Corn have financed a few of these and they say there are no side effects to humans. Also tip of the environmental hat, it requires less pesticides! There are many environmental groups that paid for studies that show bt Corn as franken-corn, ready to storm the world corn village destroying it all.

The truth is probably closer to the middle. The bt Corn is usually resistant to herbicides like Glyphosphate (Commercially known as Round-up). Farmers tend to cultivate (weed) their fields by spraying Glyphosphate. The herbicide is water soluble and binds to proteins (animal and plant proteins). This is where things get cloudy. If consumed Glyphosphate can be found in stomach linings, esophagus, and intestines due to its ability to bind to proteins. It doesn’t flush out of the digestive system quickly because of the acidic environment. The catch is his much is in that ear of corn. Noone really knows.

Why, each variety has different water content and kernels vary between feed (dry) and sweet corn. Corn meal can be made from either, but feed corn is mostly for animals we eat. There are few studies that compare corn with number of applications of Glyphosphate and concentration of Glyphosphate in the harvested bt Corn. There are fewer that analyse the concentration of Glyphosphate within beef, poultry and pork that ate bt Corn. But the reason here is fed corn isn’t labeled GMO sourced, how does a research know without analysing all the feed. These animals eat well… like pigs. You couldn’t do anything but spot check. Mist peole aren’t crazy because of variance your numbers would be questionable. It still could be done with multiple studies, each either verifying or disproving the original study. Again few studies are done and released but most are subsidized by manufacturer of Glyphosphate.

In 2016, 90-95% of corn sold in US was classified as bt Corn. I sourced the websites and all had different numbers these represent the range of all three. Some websites state it is not appropriate to share their data (so they all anonymous). I have read a dozen articles and they are divergent at best in their findings. Personally, i make the decision to rely on chemistry and moderation with a heavy infusion of Farmers markets.

If it is toxic to a bacteria or plant, than in sufficient quantities it becomes toxic to my cells. If it is binding to my cells, than it can alter my cells in sufficient quantities. What the hell is that about? Cancer is irregular cell division and toxins tend to interfere with cell division. Not everyone will die of cancer because of Glyphosphate. But several courts have awarded damages from its use. Reducing exposure to Glyphosphate is healthier for you. If you don’t know your food source then consider organic. Organic is NO guarantee to be free if GMOs, it means less chemicals exposed to the plants that produce your food.

*I’m a former Chemistry major, with 20 years of gardening experience, and relatives who still make an honest living playing in the dirt, doing God’s work, farming

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FFAW – Convenience in a Cup

This week’s photo prompt is provided by artycaptures.wordpress.com. Thank you artycaptures!

“Oh no! I’m not trying that!” Stella curls her nose at the streaming cup before her.

“Just try it once. You’ll be hooked, just like me!” Mortimer inches it across the table at her.

“No! I’ll have none of that gruel!” Stella pushes it back, spilling half of it on the table.

They both watch as the foamy paste slowly deflates into a pool of red, orange clumps surrounded by water.

“I told you! Look at what you choose over our natural food!” Stella stands up her long pale face grimacing at her mate. “This is the reason our kind are disappearing! All processed foods!”

“It’s really good, though. You don’t have to hang out on dark alleys for food.” Mortimer looks at his spindly hands wringing then together. ” I suppose the thrill isn’t there. Pitty, that.”

“Shut the hell up! You are a vampire! You’re drinking blood substitute for a Kuerig!” Stella points out the blasphemous device. “Mother was right about you!”

Word count 158

Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer

Rivals

Photo credit: Louise, the Storyteller’s Abode

Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, details are available at https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/fffaw-challenge-week-of-july-26-2016/

Jonathan had finished installing the final tripwire.  The electric fence had been burrowed underneath.  Scent markers, mole repellents, harsh chemicals, bundles of human hair, everything short of armed combat has led to rows of plants dissapearing overnight. 

“Eden was populated by a snake.  The snake simply made us suffer but left the food alone!  He did not seem to believe destroying all food sources was appropriate.  Save a single apple!  These horrific beasts…..these horrific spawn…I don’t know if I need to use silver tips to defend my garden.” Jonathan stares out along the perimeter.   His long rifle would do just fine,  but the bleeding hearts that eat from the grocery oppose this idea with laws. “Let the varmints take away their can opener!  Chew the compressor out of their fridges!”

He looks at the harvest wheelbarrow, empty. He sighs.  “It was a work of love.  There is no share with these critters.  They take and take.   Why can’t they understand a little is OK?! They know no limits!” The one groundhog looks at his friend.  

His empty eyes looks at all the food for just him alone.  He never appreciates the hard work done to loosen the soil. Last time it was sharp rocks under the fence.  Then the electric fence.  Poison that bleed into his good as well. Noises to scare them off. They were under attack.  The farmer stole their families home.  Then locked them out.

The rivals locked in a fierce struggle.  The outcome will never completely be said.  Just escalating tactics. 

“I’ll harpon which ever ones of you dare step here.” Jonathan steps off the board. He hears a thud.  His shin burns.  He set off his own trap.  This time it’s a bruise. 

Smart Wheat


Three Line Tales, Week Twenty-Four

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it. I can’t guarantee I’ll get round to updating the round-up later than that.
  • Have fun.

They laughed when the salesman told them at the peak harvest time the wheat would summons the tractor.   In a bit of horror and awe, the villagers looked on as a farmerless tractor harvested the wheat field. 
Noone asked about the farmerthat wasn’t there anymore. 


    Reblog – We Subsidize Most of Junk Food Crops

    We all know farmers have Crop protections that prevent the family farm from going belly up due to a bad year.   But when the family farm became corporate factory farms, we need the subsidies even more.   Dear God think of your 401k! 

    http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2016/07/are-farm-subsidies-killing-us

    Sharing a Link or Two

    There’s this thing called glyphosate.  It binds plant proteins and kills lots of plants quickly and efficiently.  It’s been found by certain groups to be cancer causing.  The maker is called Monstanto.  They have created the worlds best selling toxin!  And it’s dumped by the gallon in most farmers fields in the world.  It also finds it way into the water.  It finds its way into plants that produce our food.  Remember it binds proteins, meaning it does let go easily.

    But what if it’s in you?  Well only one company makes it.  It has been shown to be a problem in cancer association.  If they was only a test for it….yeah, yeah there is.  

    The site below was passed on by https://earnestlydebra.wordpress.com.  If you read this far, click and see some awesome pics, learn somethings about the world around you, plus a Mayan calendar events and a healthy dose of Native American culture.
    Ridding the World of Monsanto – Zen Gardner

    http://www.zengardner.com/ridding-world-monsanto/