33_Stolen_Futures_Hormeses_Steingraber

33_Stolen_Futures_Hormeses_Steingraber - CEE 597 Lecture 33...

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14 April 2008 Jery Stedinger Lecture 33 CEE 597 – Lecture 33 Not just about Cancer: Chemicals and Human Health
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14 April 2008 Jery Stedinger Lecture 33 Greenpeace–Say no  to genetic engineering While scientific progress on molecular biology has a great potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment by commercial interests. The biodiversity and environmental integrity of the world's food supply is too important to our survival to be put at risk. Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally.These genetically modified organisms (GMO) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating non 'GE' environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/ge netic-engineering http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/image _ full/international/photosvideos/photos/
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14 April 2008 Jery Stedinger Lecture 33 Genetically Modified (GM) Organisms  Most common genetically modified (GM) organisms are crop plants.  But the technology has now been applied to almost all forms of life,  from pets that glow under UV light to bacteria which form HIV- blocking "living condoms" and from pigs bearing spinach genes to  goats that produce spider silk. GM tomato first appeared in the US in 1994 . The furor that surrounded  GM technology did not erupt until Feb. 1999 due to a controversial  study that suggested that a few strains of GM potatoes might be  toxic to laboratory rats. Those experiments, subsequently criticized  by other experts, were carried out in Scotland by biochemist Arpad  Pustzai. http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/gm-food;jsessionid=DPPGEJOFOKJH
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Jery Stedinger Lecture 33 Genetically Modified Foods:  Are They a Risk to Human/Animal Health?  By Arpad Pusztai Information is scarce about health hazards, such as toxicity in  genetically modified (GM) crops. So how can public make informed decisions about GM foods? The lack of data is due to a number of reasons, including: 1. It's more difficult to evaluate the safety of crop-derived foods than individual  chemical, drug, or food additives. Crop foods are more complex and their  composition varies according to differences in growth and agronomic  conditions. 2. Publications on GM food toxicity are scarce.  3. The preferred approach forf industry has been to use compositional  comparisons between GM and non-GM crops. When they are not  significantly different the two are regarded as "substantially equivalent.” http://www.actionbioscience.org/biotech/pusztai.html
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