GMO = Genetically Modified Organism
GMO is a term that is commonly applied to “Round-up” Ready crops such as soybeans and corn. So what does genetically modifying crops do to the crops ………. then the animals. Continuing on the theme of “You are what you eat,” I will try to evaluate this further and pass the information along.
There are some claims on the internet about new organisms that have been identified within genetically modified soybean meal. These claims are from an expert in the field of Horticulture. So what are the claims” The claim is that this organism is capable of causing severe disease in Cattle, Hogs, and Horses to name a few. In addition to causing diseases, the professor claims that veterinarians have found this organism and it is linked to infertility and abortions. Dr. Don Huber is the scientist who is making these claims. An aside is that his claims are very interesting and very concerning, however they appear in the Youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nHCw36wIhs) and are very vague at best. Dr. Huber fails to name the organism nor does he even identify what classification the organism belongs to. What does that mean? Well he does not name it as a bacteria, a fungus, an algae, or a prion (responsible for mad cow disease and Kuru). This definitely leaves the claims open to interpretation.
A larger question is what are the effects of Round – Up on the soil and plants? The increase in GMO crops facilitates the increased utilization of Round Up. Again Dr. Huber claims that Glyphosate destroys various organisms within the soil. These oraganism, he claims, are responsible for the production of the trace mineral Manganese. Again from Wikipedia : “Manganese is an essential trace nutrient in all forms of life…….Manganese is also important in photosynthetic oxygen evolution in chloroplasts in plants. The oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) is a part of photosystem II contained in the thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts; it is responsible for the terminal photooxidation of water during the light reactions of photosynthesis, and has a metalloenzyme core containing four atoms of manganese. For this reason, most broad-spectrum plant fertilizers contain manganese.”
The active ingredient of Glyphosate. According to Wikipedia: “Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses known to compete with crops grown widely across the Midwest of the United States.” Other portions of the Wikipedia write up state: “While glyphosate has been associated with deformities in a host of laboratory animals, its impact on humans remains unclear.
Glyphosate’s mode of action is to inhibit an enzyme involved in the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids: tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. It is absorbed through foliage and translocated to growing points. Because of this mode of action, it is only effective on actively growing plants; it is not effective as a pre-emergence herbicide.”
While there is a lot of information that is yet to be gleaned and revealed, Glyphosate has allowed for the rapid production of GMO crops. This is another reason to consider homesteading. Homesteading centers around the conservation of of soil, plants, and animals. This is what we focus on here at Heritage Breed Farms. Check out the previous posting about building soil. Hopefully more to follow.