Jan
21
2008

Crazy calcium carrots

Carrots
CarrotsCourtesy niznoz
Researchers at Texas A&M and Baylor College of Medicine have genetically engineered a carrot that could deliver up to 40% more calcium. These scientists hope to start genetically modifying foods to increase their nutritional value. The genetic engineering of food so far has focused mostly on keeping crops healthy, making them resistant to pests and disease, and increasing their size and productivity. This is all great for farmers but doesn't specifically help you when you eat the food.

Would you be more likely to eat genetically modified foods if they were actually healthier for you? Take the poll.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Profits Rule NOT Sustainability

On 17th December 2007 Monsanto was found guilty of contempt of the South African Advertising Authority (ASA) for publishing false claims about the safety of GM foods.

In January,2007, Monsanto was fined 15,000 euros (US$19,000 ) in a French court for misleading the public about the environmental impact of herbicide Roundup.

A former chairman of Monsanto Agriculture France was found guilty of false advertising for presenting Roundup as biodegradable and claiming that it left the soil clean after use. Monsanto's French distributor Scotts France was also fined 15,000 euros.

In 2005 Monsanto was caught smuggling South African produced GM Bollgard cotton seed into Indonesia disguised as rice. Monsanto was fined for bribing Indonesian officials.

In 2006 Monsanto suppressed evidence of serious damage to the liver and kidneys of rats in their MON 863 GM maize trials until ordered to release this evidence by a German Court.

In June, 2007, a second peer-reviewed case involving another variation of Monsanto's GM maize, namely, NK 603, has been shown by studies to be potentially toxic to humans. NK 603 has been approved for food, feed, processing, and propagation in Europe and the Philippines The new research, carried out by the French scientific research institute CRIGEN, involves biotech firm Monsanto's NK 603 GMO corn (marketed commercially under the name Round-up Ready).

Rats that were fed GM maize showed significant differences in measurements, as well as significant weight differences compared to those fed with normal maize. Almost 70 statistically significant differences were observed and reported - 12 for hematology parameters, 18 for clinical chemistry parameters, nine for urine chemistry parameters, six for the organ weights (brain, heart, liver), 14 for body weights and body weight changes, and eight for food consumption. toxicity, The most alarming was the diminished brain size. Scientists warned that diminished brain size sent out a urgent danger warning for growing children fed `GM food.

posted on Tue, 01/22/2008 - 2:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow..i don't think that people should mess with the food that mother nature has provided us with...why not just get rid of the unhealthy food..and make more healthy food..if people would just get rid of fast food and start eating healthier then we wouldnt have to worry about eating food to make us stronger...

posted on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 8:56pm
Seriously???'s picture
Seriously??? says:

We shouldn't make medicines or cures for anything either. Wait a second.... We used to be like that and our average lifespan was 25 years.

posted on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like my carrots the waythey are not pumped with calcium or other vitamins

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 3:31pm
LEE's picture
LEE says:

I don't think I would want to eat genetically modified foods because i like the way they are even if it's giong to be more calcuim in them, not unless i really needed to get more calcium in my body. Plus even if they're more in calcium how would we know that it's safe to eat them or if in the future if there's going to be something wrong with it?

posted on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 6:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that it would be safe to eat genetically modified foods - it would be like using a new perscription drug. When new products are released, they have had research done to them sometimes for a few years. They never release a new product that could effect your health, unless it has properly tested and researched, and then proven safe. As for the food containing more calcium, it's just a way to get more calcium into your diet, and is helpful to those people who are lactose intolerant and cannot ingest milk, and other such things. Things like this are just a way of improving life, and possibly making life a little easier.

posted on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 1:45pm
Emily Rose's picture
Emily Rose says:

Everyone keeps talking about how they wouldnt likw their foods to be genetically modified but guess what! They already are! Personally i dont belive in things like size, shape or color alteration but sadly, im today's soiciety the nutritional value may HAVE to be increased. If you look at the proportions of the kind of food people eat today then it could be what is best for growing children. So goand have that Big Mac but dont forget all of the nutrients you need to balace it out. You can only eat so much food!

posted on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 5:17pm
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

I don't really care about carrots so they can't do whatever they want.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:12am
shanee's picture
shanee says:

yummm! i love carrots!

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:14am
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

I would like them to try and enhance the protein value in meats. Not only because I love steaks and burgers, but I think it would help create a healthier generation.

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 10:15am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

take it or leave it i like carrots but to eat something that is modified that would be cool. it could give you powers like flying i hope. that way i dont have o worry about driving and gas or traffic. not to mention global warming. im going to try them if i can get some. food is food and thats what counts

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 10:20am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

that sounds nasty

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 2:47pm

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