Genetically Modified Foods: Monsters or Miracles? with Nina Fedoroff.
We're bombarded with conflicting claims about genetically modified (GM) foods. Some claim that they will provide the food to sustain humanity on an increasingly crowded planet. Others claim they're toxic to people and the environment. What are we to believe?
Fedoroff's lecture examines the history of food plants, describes the differences between previous and present methods of modifying them, and addresses common food safety and biodiversity concerns about GM crops and foods- Santa Fe Institute
Nina Federoff is the Evan Pugh Professor and Willaman Professor of Life Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. She is also an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.
An organism whose genome has been altered in order to favour the expression of desired physiological traits or the output of desired biological products. Genetically modified foods were first approved for human consumption in the United States in 1995. The techniques used to produce genetically modified organisms include cloning and recombinant DNA technology. The primary applications of GMOs are in the areas of agriculture and biomedical research. GMOs offer numerous benefits to society, including increased crop yields and the development of novel therapeutic agents to prevent and treat a wide range of human diseases. Concerns surrounding the use of GMOs include risks posed to human health and the generation of insecticide-resistant superbugs.
Not only she is a really boring speaker, she also fails to mention all the negative aspects of GMOs and corporations like Monsanto that use them to control most of the food supply in America and bully farmers for their profit.
The problem is that companies that create GMOs like Monsanto care only for profit, not saving or feeding the world as she implies.
Also, her arguments are a bit stupid sometimes, she claims that we've been genetically engineering food for thousands of years by cross breeding, but that and playing with DNA are two very different things.
Finally the analogy to the vaccinations is just preposterous.