Do We Actually Need GMOs?
“If France was able to decrease the amount of pesticides and herbicides and yield the same amount of crops while the USA increased herbicides and decreased pesticides but had no increase in crop yields with GMOs, then why do we even need GMOs? Money.” – Devon Dionne
On this week’s episode of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, Devon and I wanted to focus on nutrition and specifically Genetically Modified Organisms aka GMOs.
We’ll be answering questions such as:
- What are GMOs?
- When and why did we start to grow genetically modified foods?
- How are GMOs hurting the biodiversity of different crops?
- What are big companies like Monsanto saying about genetically modified foods?
- Have they even made a beneficial impact on the way we grow our food supply?
- How does the USA’s use of GMOs compare to countrys who don’t use them like Russia and France?
- What foods have been genetically modified the most both as GMO1 and GMO2 foods?
What Are Gyrotonics?
BONUS! As many of you know from listening to the most recent introductions, Devon is not only a certified holistic nutritionist, but also a certified gyrotonic instructor. Like some of the members of the closed Open Sky Fitness Podcast group on Facebook , you might be asking yourself, what exactly does a gyrotonic instructor do? We took some time at the beginning of the episode to explain how gyrotonics got its start, how a gyrotonic instructor gets certified and what they do, as well as how gyrotonics benefits the body.
How GMOs Got Their Start
We began to introduce GMOs into the food chain back in 1998. Even before the, we’ve been creating hybrid foods for years with cross-pollination, but we had never genetically modified them like this until now.
GMOs are created by splicing the genes and adding new DNA information into the genetic pattern. This new genetic information doesn’t even have to come from the same type of food, they can be from different biological kingdoms.
BT corn is genetically engineered that would use less pesticide and so they put in new bacteria into the DNA of the corn so that they naturally have pesticides and when the bugs eat the corn, they die. Its not toxic to us, but to insects.
“You can vote with your wallet. If you’re buying food that says “Non GMO,” local, and organic foods, then place your vote.” – Rob Dionne
Types of Genetically Modified Food
“The seeds are so unique that they need to be patented. But at the same time, they’re so substantially equivalent to other seeds, there’s no need to label them, test them, or otherwise regulate them.” Monsanto on not labeling their GMO ingredients in products.
There are two types of GMOs: GMO1 foods and GMO2 foods. However, we don’t really know the true consequences yet of genetically modifying food, but GMO2 type foods sounds particularly harmful.
As mentioned above, GMO1 foods are created by splicing the genes and placing natural genetic information to try to improve them. However, to create a GMO2 food, the DNA is computer generated in a lab and not natural at all.
The most common types of GMO1 foods include:
- Sugar beets (no. 1 source of our sugar)
- Canola oil
- Hawaiian papaya
- Yellow Squash
Specifically, Bt-corn is genetically engineered to require less pesticide by putting new bacteria into the DNA of the corn. By doing this, the modified Bt-corn species naturally contains pesticides that are toxic to bugs, but not us.
The most common types of GMO2 foods include:
- Canola oil
- Arctic Apples (that don’t naturally brown after you slice them or take a bite)
- Rose Oil
“And now we’re taking GMOs to the lab, but do we really need to? GMOs are like a supplement that we don’t even need. The highest GMO crops are corn, soy, and sugar and these are all of the foods that are killing us. They’re causing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and our government is funding this.” – Rob and Devon Dionne
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What You’ll Hear on This Episode
00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
1:30 Gyrotonic and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
2:30 The history of gyrotonics
4:00 The different gyrotonic machines
9:00 What gyrotonics can do for the body and why it’s so beneficial
12:00 Different breathing techniques you can use for gyrotonics
13:00 Who should consider doing gyrotonics and where you can do it
18:10 What are Genetically Modified Organisms?
20:00 About Monsanto seeds and what the company has to say about GMOs
21:30 When did we start creating GMOs?
23:00 How do we genetically modify food?
28:00 Different pesticides that Monsanto has created such as Roundup Ready and why they eventually don’t work anymore.
30:00 Controversies for Monsanto and new products
33:00 How GMOs are affecting the world and government policies
34:10 Recent studies on GMOs and its affect on our bodies
35:00 The story behind GMO1 foods and the new GMO2 foods
36:00 What foods are genetically modified
39:30 GMOs don’t need to be labeled as of now
40:00 About F1 hybrid cross-pollinated seeds
43:35 How you can make a difference with your wallet
45:00 What to look for in the ingredients of the packaged foods that you buy.
47:15 Comparing the USA’s use of GMOs to other countries that don’t use them like France, Germany, and Russia
51:40 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
1:11:55 Open Sky Fitness Closing
RESOURCES MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW:
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- Read Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops from The New York Times
- The Monsanto official website
- The Syngenta official website
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