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What You Need To Know About GMOs
May 13, 2019

The local toad choir finished up this past week.

It lasted longer than usual as the cold weather created an abrupt intermission this year.

We are so blessed to have the sights and sounds of nature.

Especially in spring.

Brandy got her first haircut this past weekend (a puppy cut), Snickers got hers cut too.

The Poodle Pup was 14 weeks old this past Friday.

Now we need to put Snickers on a diet.

Poaching puppy food as well as eating her own has made for a tubby Snicker Doodles.

It's not easy being the parents of fur kids.


(A tubby Snickers in her new cut.)

Warm and cool, warm and then cool.

It seems to be the weather patterns these days.

We have yet to see an 80 degree day (F.).

We saw our first hummer last Monday afternoon.

A female.

Haven't seen one since.

Here is a solid list of Hummingbird Flowers, take a look.

For the first time ever, a Gray catbird made a brief visit. to our yard.

To fast for me to get my camera, however.

The female orioles have arrived.

All of a sudden there are so many orioles (male and female), keeping jelly feeders full and orange halves cut up has become another chore in itself.

Well worth the efforts.

I stock up on jelly, and old oranges are used.

Who can afford the price of oranges these days just for birds?

House wrens have made the trip north as well.

I Love Nature, and Birds Rule.

I can't imagine a world without nature.

This is why I attempt to educate as many as possible on the evils of Neonicotinoids and GMOs.

This week GMOs, again I am long winded.

For all of God's creatures, great and small.


The girls playing before spa day.

For centuries, people have used breeding to modify the genetics of plants, and animals,.

Searching for ways to improve traits that include yield, disease resistance and flavor.

Some of those breeding techniques, including wide cross breeding and mutagenizing seeds using radiation or chemicals.

Involving years of field and laboratory tinkering, but are not considered GMOs as it’s commonly used.

Advancements in biotechnology over recent decades have given breeders the ability to exert greater—and more precise—control over the breeding process.

Sadly, today the seeds genetically engineered by companies represent the majority of what’s planted in U.S. farmlands, particularly in grain crops.

(Female Oriole)

The foods that result from them are popularly referred to as GMOs.

Seed catalogs, and some seed packets will advertise and promote their products as being 'GMO Free'.

This is what you want to look for.

(Four White-Crowned Sparrows. Our yard is full of them right now.)

The next couple of paragraphs are directly credited to Purdue University.

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.

Let’s break it down word by word. Genetically refers to genes.

Genes are made up of DNA,
which is a set of instructions for how cells grow and develop.

Second is Modified.

This implies that some change or tweak has been made.

Lastly, we have the word Organism.

When it comes to GMOs, many people only think of crops.

Yet an ‘organism’ isn’t just a plant; it refers to all living things, including bacteria and fungi.

With that in mind, GMOs are living beings that have had their genetic code changed in some way.

While conventional breeding, which has been going on for centuries, involves mixing all of the genes from two different sources, producing a GMO is much more targeted.

Rather than crossing two plants out in the field, they insert a gene or two into individual cells in a lab.

Yet, as mentioned earlier, GM technology can also be used on microorganisms.

For example, bacteria have been genetically modified to produce medicines that can cure diseases or vaccines that prevent them.

(Male Oriole)

A commonly used medicine that comes from a genetically modified source is insulin, which is used to treat diabetes, but there are many others.

Rather than crossing two plants out in the field, they insert a gene or two into individual cells in a lab.

Yet, as mentioned earlier, GM technology can also be used on microorganisms.

For example, bacteria have been genetically modified to produce medicines that can cure diseases or vaccines that prevent them.

A commonly used medicine that comes from a genetically modified source is insulin, which is used to treat diabetes, but there are many others.

(Tree Swallow)

The process to create a GMO starts very small.

A scientist causes a gene to be inserted into the DNA in the nucleus of a single cell.

The DNA being used for the modification is so small that it can’t be seen, even under the most powerful microscope.

Despite how tiny a cell is, there is a massive amount of DNA all packaged into its one little nucleus.

To give some idea of just how much DNA is packed into that small space, if you were to take all the DNA of one single corn cell out of the nucleus and line it up end-to-end, it would be about six feet long!

(God really knows what He is doing.)

Into this enormous amount of DNA, a very small piece is inserted.

A vast majority of the organism’s genetic code remains completely unchanged by the process.

Once this single cell has been modified, the scientist will treat it with naturally occurring plant hormones to stimulate growth and development.

This one cell will start to divide (which is the natural growth process for any organism) and the resulting cells begin to take on specialized functions, until they become a whole plant.

Because this new plant was ultimately derived from a single cell with the inserted gene, all of the cells in the regenerated plant contain that new gene.

Herbicide tolerant crops are designed to tolerate specific broad-spectrum herbicides, which kill the surrounding weeds, but leave the cultivated crop intact.

Currently, the only varieties Cultivated in the U.S. are engineered to be tolerant to glyphosate.

However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently in the process of deregulating other new varieties of crops that are resistant to other herbicides.

(Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks)

I've written on this before, however with so many new readers that come and go, it is worth repeating.

Here is where it gets scary.

Monsanto (Now Bayer), first introduced glyphosate-resistant soybean in 1996 and later introduced glyphosate-resistant corn in 1998.

These crops, commonly called “Roundup Ready”, have become so ubiquitous in American agriculture with 93% of soybeans, 82% of  cotton, and 85% of corn planted engineered to be glyphosate resistant.

Unless it is labeled as GMO Free, your so called healthy Soy beans are slowly killing you.

GMO grains fed to cattle, chickens and other animals.

Not to mention our breads and cereals.

This increase in glyphosate-resistant crops has led to an increase in herbicide use.

Herbicide-resistant weeds (also known as “superweeds”), and numerous other environmental and human health impacts.

Since the year 2000, the use of weed killer has almost doubled per acre.

From one pound per acre in 200, 1.5 pounds per acre in 2010.

To almost two pounds per acre now.

The more chemicals are used on these crops, the more the surrounding areas (wind), are effected too.

The more chemicals used, the more we ingest, breathe, and wear.

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identified glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used herbicide, as a probable human carcinogen.

The European Union has banned the chemical in most uses.

Birth defects have been proven.

(Male Hairy Woodpecker)

Published in the Michigan Green Industry Newsletter this past week the EPA has this to say.

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a final interim determination on the review of the herbicide glyphosate has been reached".

The EPA concluded “that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.”

This determination was reached after EPA conducted extensive human health and ecological risk assessments.

The interim final determination follows the publication of a draft assessment on glyphosate in 2017 which also did not find glyphosate to be harmful to public health when used in accordance with label instructions.

The 2017 draft assessment was open for public comment for EPA to review prior to this final interim decision being published".


The EPA is still in the pockets of so many wrong doers.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”

Victor Hugo

Birds are special to you and me.

Birds play a part in song and poetry.

God's word mentions birds many times.

One of my favorites.............

"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

Isaiah 40:31

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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