Hydrogenation process has side product trans fat Papaya o Very big crop in

Hydrogenation process has side product trans fat

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Hydrogenation process has side product: trans fat - Papaya o Very big crop in Hawaii o Papaya ring spot virus took root o Became possible to GM papaya to make it resistant to this virus - Artic apple o GMO apple that does not go brown easily o Kids don’t eat brown apples o You can produce apples that don’t brown through GMO o Some apples naturally do not brown, can take this gene and insert it into other types - GMO potatoes o Fewer black spots, less acrylamide o Acrylamide: natural occurring toxin o Use genes only from other potatoes - There are critics who suggest that GMO are not good - Insist on more research to be done, and the “precautionary principle” o Proof of no harm before you introduce new technology o But, this is a demand that science cannot meet o You can make very good educated guesses, but you cannot have a zero risk mentality - With a zero-risk mentality we would have to reject all grain crops because they are commonly contaminated with fungi, rodent dropping and insect parts - Labeling? o Let me know if im eating GMO foods o Labeling requirements should be based on the content of the food, not on te way it is produced o Labeling is already required for any GMO food that is nutritionally or compositionally different form its traditional counterpart o What are you labeling for? Argument: people are opposed to GMO for whatever reason They would want to know which foods contained any GMO components, which is valid - In terms of science, if there is no difference, what are we labeling for? - Remember: we are still at the forefront of GMO (30 years=not a long time) - The only foods that are GMO are corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets (4 crops) - People have misconceptions (think tomatoes, grapes are genetically modified) o NO! - Historically, everything we eat is genetically modified - The future has a lot of potential (golden rice, etc.) - What is the risk? o He believes the benefits outweigh the risk
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o Good analogy; wright brothers first flight No one would be impressed with the first rickety contraption But: people recognized the potential Eventually flying from city to city But risks were present, ex crashing of planes This is where we stand with genetic modification Potential is there, but possibility of risk exists - “Taking no risks is the biggest risk of all” - Difficult in North America to think about the great deal of hunger in the world - Unfortunately, people die from hunger (every 3.6 seconds) - More than 1000 have died during this presentation! o This is unacceptable - Pontifical academy of sciences o “scientists have both the right and moral duty to be “stewards of god” by genetically modifying crops to help the world’s poor” - Science is going to progress - What we can do, what we should stay away from - Risk benefit profile is constantly evaluated - Conclusions: benefits outweigh risks of GMO food Lesson 3: Agricultural Science III - Information in this area is always evolving - Area of pesticides o Controversial area o Designed to kill (weeds, fungi, insects) o
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