from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are more common than many people think. Diabetics nowadays who rely on insulin shots aren’t getting their medicine from pigs/cows or other mammals — and haven’t been for decades. Modern sources of insulin come from vats of genetically engineered bacteria. So what about GMOs and GMO-produced products in our food supply? Most Americans have definitely eaten some GMO food, but is there any end to GMO experimentation in the wild now?
- In France, a lamb that was genetically modified with jellyfish DNA got into the retail food chain — and some people have probably eaten it without knowing. This wasn’t an accident, apparently. A disgruntled worker (and possibly some co-workers) purposely sold a lab animal to a slaughterhouse. It’s probably not going to kill anyone, but this is how the dinosaurs get out of Jurassic
ParkWorld, IRL. [url]
- In 2013, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) found genetically engineered wheat in Oregon — where it shouldn’t have been. Since then, there has been some concern that more GMO wheat is growing in the wild without anyone knowing…. [url]
- You can thank GMOs for making billions of pounds of cheese sold today (ie. most of the cheese you see in US stores). Fermentation-Produced Chymosin (FPC) is used instead of a calf stomach extract — and it just wouldn’t be possible to make as much cheese as we do without FPC (unless the veal industry suddenly exploded). [url]
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