Thursday, September 24, 2015
GMO’s in Meat
Despite concerns and red flags about genetically modified foods and crops, the use of GMOs in farming has been on an upsurge yearly since the GMO was commercially introduction in 1996. According to the ISAAA, an international organization that supports crop biotechnology, biotech crops have increased 100-fold, from 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) in 1996, to 170 million hectares (420 million acres) in 2012. These 170 million hectares mean that GMO crops now occupy over 10% of the world’s arable land.
The United States is the world’s top GMO producer and consumer. Most of the GMO crop are fed to livestock. Top 6 GMO crops are soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beet, and alfalfa. They are heavily utilized by the US and global animal feed market.
Feeding cattle genetically modified (GMO) crops is unhealthy for the animals and results in unsafe beef.
GMOs are not yet proven safe for human consumption. Many studies claiming the safety of GE-foods are industry-funded and only last for 90 days.
There are also reports that scientists in China have created genetically modified cattle designed to produce tastier beef.