Genetic modification is the process of altering the genetic makeup of an organism. This has been done indirectly for thousands of years by controlled, or selective, breeding of plants and animals. Modern biotechnology has made it easier and faster to target a specific gene for more-precise alteration of the organism through genetic engineering. The terms "modified" and "engineered" are often used interchangeably in the context of labeling genetically modified, or "GMO," foods. In the field of biotechnology, GMO stands for genetically modified organism, while in the food industry, the term refers exclusively to food that has been purposefully engineered and not selectively bred organisms. This discrepancy leads to confusion among consumers, and so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prefers the term genetically engineered (GE) for food. A brief history of genetic modification Genetic modification dates back to ancient times, when humans influenced genetics by selectively … [Read more...] about What Is Genetic Modification?
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If you’ve tried to research something online in the last few years, you may have come away with more questions than answers when all was said and done. Competing news articles, blogs, Facebook groups, and seemingly genuine sites all produce enough conflicting information to make anyone’s head spin. At this very moment, there’s a firehose of intentionally false content out there, and it’s gotten to the point where it’s near-impossible to find truth from fiction in certain instances. This is happening in part because of fake-grassroots (called astroturf) organizations and unwitting signal-boosters. Unfortunately, there’s currently a well-funded effort to cast doubt on the safety of wireless tech (Bluetooth, cellphones, Wi-Fi) in particular. Let’s talk about it. Genesis of a monster If you want to know more about something, chances are your first stops are Google or Siri. Non-experts often ask search engines questions that would never occur … [Read more...] about Unraveling the anti-cellphone campaign
caption The Impossible Burger. source Impossible Foods The Impossible Burger is a plant-based patty made by Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods with backing from Bill Gates. The burger is available across the US, most recently in White Castle burger chains. Environmentalists and journalists are taking issue with the burger’s safety because of a key ingredient called heme, which is made using GMOs. But the scientific research suggests that the burger is perfectly safe. Today’s veggie burgers can be described with a handful of delicious-sounding adjectives, but “meaty” isn’t one of them. At least it wasn’t – until Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods began creating a meat-free burger that tastes disturbingly close to the real thing. The meat-like flavor can largely be attributed to an ingredient called heme – the magic spark that … [Read more...] about The magic ingredient in Silicon Valley’s favorite ‘bleeding’ veggie burger is under fire
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. - Whether you start your day blending protein powder into your breakfast smoothie or drinking a protein shake after a workout, you really need to know what you’re putting into your body. Scripps station WXYZ in Detroit found out there are hidden ingredients in many protein powders that could put your health at risk. With your family always on-the-go, it can be hard to eat right. Getting the recommended daily amount of protein has become so much easier with all of the supplements available. Cleanlabelproject.org checked out several protein powders to see if they really are good for you. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTSPersonal trainer Leslie Derrick has made it her mission to stay healthy. The mother of three from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan pushes her clients hard, both in the gym and when it comes to eating … [Read more...] about Watchdog group finds hidden toxins in protein powders such as lead, arsenic and BPA
source Impossible Foods A handful of recent stories cite potential red flags about the safety of the Impossible Burger, a vegetarian patty made by Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods, which has backing from Bill Gates. At the heart of the issue appears to be the company’s use of both genetically modified ingredients and a special nutrient called heme. Business Insider dug into the scientific research on the ingredients. Studies suggest there is no cause for concern. Today’s veggie burgers can be described with a handful of delicious-sounding adjectives, but “meaty” isn’t one of them. At least it wasn’t – until Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods began creating a meat-free burger designed to reduce waste that tastes disturbingly close to the real thing. The meat-like flavor can largely be attributed to an ingredient called heme – the magic spark … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley’s favorite veggie burger is about to hit a wave of controversy — but scientists say it’s bogus