Genetically engineered plants have had their genetic makeup altered. This is done in a laboratory and most modifications are done using a method called the biolistic method (aka the biolistic particle delivery system or ballistic bombardment), which requires a particle gun. The technique, invented between 1983 and 1986, uses a real 22 calibre gun to shoot a bullet covered with the genetic material and some tungsten powder or, nowadays, gold dust, down a barrel. They hit a 'stopper', perforing it, before making it to the petri dish. This forces the entry of the virus or protein that they are trying to break into the genetic makeup of a plant in the target cell by literally smashing it in. They need the virus because plants don't accept new DNA into their system with open arms; proteins are often added as well to ensure the new DNA 'sticks'. The rate of success with the gun is not at 100%; at times, several attempts are needed before accomplishing their goal. Most of all, they can't know if they succeeded until the plant has grown, so this process can take quite a while to achieve.
Roundup Ready soybeans are the most commercialised ones. According to Marie-Monique Robin's book and movie "The World According to Monsanto" (click here to watch full movie FREE - Robin allows free distribution of her movie), Monsanto giant owns 90% of the world's genetically modified soybeans. They have been engineered to withstand the ferocious chemicals in their fertilizer, Roundup.
The story behind this fertilizer is frightening. Monsanto is a large corporation that has existed for over 100 years and is the father of plastic and creator of several chemical products. If not the most dangerous, their "Agent Orange" is high up on the list of most toxic chemicals to ever have existed on this planet. One of the chemicals used during the war of Vietnam to help American soldiers find their way through the dense jungle of the tropics and the rainforests (a few other colours were created as well), the American army would send planes over the land where the war was taking place to spray the product freely - so anyone who was there was also covered, as well as the buildings and any living thing that happened to be in the way. Although Monsanto knew of the dangers of his product, he never warned either the government nor the army of the consequences that would follow.
If you are interested in reading more about this, google it, or watch the movie to see what the consequences were. The number of lawsuits that followed the war are numerous, but Monsanto being such an enormous corporation and by paying corrupted government employees to overpower the FDA and other such government organisations that are supposed to be key in keeping Americans' food and lives safe, it survived... to come back stronger than ever: by tampering with our crops.
What is worse is that they know that the newly created soybeans, Roundup Ready Soybeans, can cause cancer. It is disturbing that corporations who claim to have only the best intentions can lie so blatantly to us. Furthermore, they used to announce that their fertilizer is biodegradable when all it does is kill anything that gets in its path. A test was carried out: fish in a tank all died within three minutes with a lower dose of this product than was recommended for plants. This means that any waterway that is close to a farm using it can say goodbye to its wildlife. Now, imagine what this does to the farmers cultivating the product. To spray it, they need the exact same types of suit that people manipulating radioactive products have on to carry out their duties. And this is what they give us to eat!
To make matters worse, no studies have been published - anywhere - to show that humans can safely consume GMO products. Where is the tranquility of mind that we need? They can't even offer us any.
I am posting this at this point since I have just written an article about soy being healthy. Please note that I am speaking of non-gmo soy, of course. Or, to be on the safe side, chose the organic alternative. The cost is not that much higher than regular soy.
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