The misinformation from Neil deGrasse

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I’ve seen this video (and others like it) floating around FaceBook for a while. Each time, my blood boils at the gross amount of misinformation.

This is extremely misleading.  What he is referring to is NOT what “GMO (genetically modified organisms)/ GEO (genetically engineered organisms)” actually are. What he is referring to is a far more natural process that actually CAN happen on its own in the wild, in your backyard, or in an average greenhouse. He is referring to cross pollination and hybridization. That is VERY different from using a lab and biotechnology gun to cut and splice genes from two completely different species and merging them together (I personally find this unbiblical if you want to really study and understand. GMO/GEO products can no longer even be certified as Kosher under NFC Apple Kosher certification. Period.). 

This man is either uneducated on the topic, or purposely using this as propaganda for the biotech industry.  


A few quick resources to help you understand what I’m talking about:

“What is GM food and what is the difference between genetically modified food and hybridization? 

Genetic engineering is the process of breaking the natural boundaries that exist between species to produce new life forms that will produce a variety of desired traits. For example, genes from salmon can be spliced into tomatoes to make them more resistant to cold weather, thereby yielding a larger crop when the weather is less than favorable. Hybridization is the fertilization of the flower of one species by the pollen of another species-or artificial cross pollination (right?). 

Many argue the two are essentially the same thing. “Here’s the secret of hybrid corn. Hybridization is just crude genetic engineering,” says the technology commentator Robert X. Cringley. 

However many scientists, like the Cambridge-based Union of Concerned Scientists (http://www.ucsusa.org/index.html) argue that there needs to be more research done on the effects of these new crops on the environment and on the people eating them in the long term.”
http://www.pbs.org/pov/hybrid/getinvolved_article.php

And

“What are Generically Engineered Seeds?
Hybrid Seeds Vs GMOs
In both open-pollinated and hybrid seeds, we have always been breeding crops that were genetically able to breed, like two types of stone fruit, or two varieties of squash, or two breeds of dog. But, unlike open pollinated seed selection or hybridization, GMO technology allows us to “play God” in a way that even Mother Nature hasn’t dared.
Today, with sophisticated and very expensive lab techniques (like retroviruses and gene guns), we can now manipulate and combine the DNA of species that could never, ever breed in nature—like fish and tomatoes, Brazil nuts and soybeans, or bacteria and corn.
We can even genetically engineer cows to produce human breast milk! (Ew.)
Combining or splicing together genes from different organisms in the lab (without actually sexually breeding them) is known as recombinant DNA technology, and the resulting organism is said to be “genetically modified,” “genetically engineered,” or “transgenic.” “

And

“Following is the definition of genetically engineered food per the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act that is circulating in petitions right now……..
(c) Genetically engineered.
(1) “Genetically engineered” means any food that is produced from an organism or organisms in which the genetic material has been changed through the application of:
(i) In vitro nucleic acid techniques, including recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques and the direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles, or
(ii) Fusion of cells (including protoplast fusion) or hybridization techniques that overcome natural physiological, reproductive, or recombination barriers, where the donor cells/protoplasts do not fall within the same taxonomic family, in a way that does not occur by natural multiplication or natural recombination.
(2) For purposes of this subsection (c):
(i) “Organism” means any biological entity capable of replication, reproduction or transferring genetic material.
(ii) “In vitro nucleic acid techniques” include but are not limited to recombinant DNA or RNA techniques that use vector systems and techniques involving the direct introduction into the organisms of hereditary materials prepared outside the organisms such as microinjection, macro-injection, chemoporation, electroporation, microencapsulation, and liposome fusion.”
There are countless more, but that can give you a start 🙂
Here’s a GREAT rebuttal video!

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