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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Genetic engineering crossesgenes between unrelatedspecies which would never cross-breed in nature. There are also GM virus-resistant crops. Prof Joe Cummins says: Probably the greatest threat from genetically altered crops is the insertion of modified virus and insect virus genes into cropsgenetic recombination will create virulent new viruses from such constructions. The widely used cauliflower mosaic virus (present in the GM soy and maize [corn] currently on supermarket shelves in the UK)is a potentially dangerous gene. It is very similar to the Hepatitis B virus and related to HIV. Modified viruses could cause famine by destroying crops or cause human and animal diseases of tremendous power. Certified organic foods are best for people who are against GMOs. But, even companies that try their best to not use GM ingredients have found contamination from GM crops. In 1989, there was an outbreak of a new disease in the United States. It was contracted by over 5,000 people. This disease was traced back to a batch of L-tryptophan food supplement made with GM bacteria.It may have only contained less than 0.1 percent of a highly toxiccompound, but 37 people died and 1,500 people were left withpermanent disabilities. More could have died, but the American Centers for Disease Control stopped counting in 1991. "In spite of the common good offered by GMF, opponents argue that gene manipulation is unsafe. Genetically modified food may haveharmful effects on animals,ecosystems, and humans, and these effects may be irreversible. The company, Monsanto not only produces most of our GMO seed, but they also make Round-Up. Round-Up is possibly the worlds most effective herbicide. Monsanto genetically alters their seeds to withstand the effects of Round-Up. What many people ignore is that Round-Up doesnt really wash off in the rain, so it is still on the crops when harvested. Studies show that trace amounts of the chemicals in Round-Up are often found in the food we eat. So the seeds are geneticallyaltered while the harvested crops become chemically altered.
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