My topic is Genetically Modified Foods, so all of these articles and websites are about this. I’m not going to lie, the content is pretty cool stuff.
“20 Questions on Genetically Modified Foods.” WHO. World Health Organization. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en/>.
The World Health Organization’s article is more like a FAQ for genetically modified foods, but covers a lot of material that other articles don’t cover. This not only includes production, benefits and controversies, but also regulation, trading, risk assessment, development, and economy.
Black, Jane. “As NATURE Made Them.” Prevention 64.4 (2012): 82-89. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.
The article deals with the creation of genetically modified food (GMF) in our country’s supermarkets. Examples of GMFs in the U.S. are soybean, corn and tomatoes. The FDA plans to approve the genetic modification of salmon. Information on the controversy surrounding the GM food safety issue is provided. The Center for Food Safety says there is a need for the government and companies producing GMFs to show that it is safe.
Borrell, Brendan. “Food Fight.” Scientific American 304.4 (2011): 80-83. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.
This article was basically an interview with director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy. Beachy, an advocate of genetically modified crops, discussed his experience of being part of the creation of the first genetically modified tomatoes. He talked about whether he was surprised at the effectiveness of the virus-resistant gene in the tomato, and his thoughts on the U.S. agricultural industry’s reliance on genetically modified crops.
Edward. “Genetically Modified Foods.” Global Healing Center Health Products & Information. Global Healing Center. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/nutrition/genetically-modified-foods>.
This article is primarily against genetically modified foods. It gives multiple reasons why genetically modified foods are bad and why they are still being used. More importantly it also gives ways to avoid the toxins from genetically modified foods.
“Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory. U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, 5 Nov. 2008. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml>.
This article is from a government site related to the Department of Energy. That said it discusses what genetically modified foods are and the benefits and controversies over it.
“Genetically Modified Foods.” Home. Deakin University Australia, May 2010. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Genetically_modified_foods_techniques>.
This article basically summarizes how foods are genetically modified. Genetically modified foods are created using biotechnology to change their genetic material. Different techniques are used to insert or deactivate genes in foods. Techniques include benign bacterial or viral infection (bacterial carriers), gene splicing, gene silencing, calcium phosphate precipitation and electroporation.
KAUFMAN, FREDERICK. “The Second Green Revolution.. (Cover Story).” Popular Science 278.2 (2011): 62-88. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.
This article discusses population growth and research on genetic engineering and organic farming to ensuring sustainable food production. The research of plant pathologist Pamela Ronald and her husband and organic farmer Raoul Adamchak is discussed. The article addresses controversy of the usage of genetically modified foods.
“The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods.” The Atlantic. 9 Jan. 2012. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/01/the-very-real-danger-of-genetically-modified-foods/251051/>.
This article basically talks about a Chinese study that shows that genetically modified foods are more harmful than we originally thought they are to the human body. GMFs not only give you extra vitamins and last longer, but also regulate genes in your body. Micro RNAs (miRNAs) have been found in GMFs and survive through the digestive system. This is bad because miRNAs are known to promote cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimers.
SMITH, MELISSA DIANE. “SAY NO TO Gmos.” Better Nutrition 73.3 (2011): 46-50. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.
The article discusses genetically modified organisms (pretty much the same thing as genetically modified foods), why people should not eat them, and how to avoid foods that are them. This article says how GMOs are created, which involves the insertion of genes from other organisms, such as bacteria, and then into plants and animal. The use of GMOs by farmers, such as soy and corn growers, and the health risks of GMOs, such as infertility, are also discussed.
Whitman, Deborah B. “Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?” CSA. CSA, Apr. 2000. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php>.
This article talks about what genetically modified foods are and the pros and cons of them. It also discusses the different groups and organizations that support it and those that are against it. In addition, the regulation of GMFs are also discussed.