Hija, hope everyone is well.
Today we’ll examine the difference between eating a GMO and eating something produced by a GMO.
Most GMO’s nowadays are pesticide resistant, or produce their own pesticides. There’s a very important distinction !
No matter how optimistic, it has to be said that a GMO that is resistant to a pesticide like Round-Up will at some point accumulate more Round-Up than a plant that’s not resistant, simply because of the act of spraying… Of course, a lot of studies are still needed to determine if some pesticides are truly toxic in the doses we consume, if they accumulate, etc… (Though said studies are approaching the end…and it does NOT look good for Monsanto !)
But the GMO’s one has to REALLY be careful with remain the ones that produce their own pesticides, as this is, technically, what toxic plants do… The effect of the new metabolic process creating said pesticides might also produce byproducts that could be harmful, but studies and tests before the product can be cultured should weed the truly toxic GMO’s out.
But many people lump GMOs and GMO produced proteins together, and this is a BIG mistake !
A protein is, in it’s simplest form, a succession of small “beads”. So to recreate it fatefully, you can simply align identical “beads” and Presto ! You have an identical protein !
Therefore, it doesn’t really matter if it’s a GMO or a normal plant that “makes” the protein, as the end-product is the same (well, there have been a few corporations who’ve tried to jump the gun with imperfect proteins, but the laws have been updates, and it should thankfully be more rare nowadays !).
That’s pretty much what I wanted to say…
I’m really running low on creativity with these posts !
I’m currently going through the Fizzle introduction courses, and the one I’m in — Finding your Subject — has led me to evaluate a dozen or so possible subjects with a Weighted Decision Matrix (fun little tool, I’ll probably use that again in the future !).
I’ve narrowed it down to one of these (or a combination…):
- Wearable Technology (+- App Development).
The final part of the course is to write 5 blog posts ( + a hypothetical product outline) on each of the ideas.
This is number 4/5 of the Biotechnology subject.
PS: The Fizzle Show is an excellent podcast, go listen !