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first_img– Advertisement – That’s part of why we’re so obsessed with LifeToGo’s partnership with Sampler, a free product subscription box service. We saw the word “free” and we were already sold, but once we discovered all of the details, we knew we had to let everyone know. The first round of free sample boxes went so well that the collab has reached round two, and it’s looking as incredible as ever!LifeToGo Sampler PackLifeToGoSee it!Get a LifeToGo Sampler Pack at no cost with free shipping!- Advertisement – Get a LifeToGo Sampler Pack at no cost with free shipping!Now, we know we said this Sampler Pack will come with health and wellness products, but what kind exactly? It’s a surprise! Seriously, it will be, but there’s a good chance you can expect healthy snacks, skincare products or even hand sanitizer and face masks. You can browse through all of LifeToGo’s offerings for a better idea, though other great brands will be included as well!So, what do you think? Are you about to sign up? Or did you already sign up? Or are you sending this link to all of your friends right now so you can all compare your free samples? Think of it as an early holiday gift. It’s never too early for gifts! See it!Get a LifeToGo Sampler Pack at no cost with free shipping!Looking for more? Shop all of LifeToGo’s incredible health and wellness brands here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping! When you sign up for this Sampler pack, you’ll have top health and wellness products delivered directly to your doorstep, and you don’t have to pay a cent. So how do you get started? You only need a couple of minutes. Simply click the “Connect with Sampler” button to create your profile and get started!You’ll be presented with a quick and easy quiz, allowing you to answer questions about your preferences so your samples are right up your alley. The quiz will ask questions such as what brands you like to eat and drink, what your general interests are (e.g. fashion, beauty, food, travel), what your skin concerns are and what product details you look for when you go shopping (e.g. eco-friendly, affordable, organic). See it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Doesn’t the word “free” just send a tingle down your spine? It’s the type of word that can turn your day from dull and dreary to exciting and joyous. It’s electrifying. Even when the free offering is something super simple like a bookmark, a tiny packet of moisturizer or a bite of cheese in the grocery store, we can’t get enough!- Advertisement –last_img read more

Melissa Gorga Says Teresa Giudice Is Doing ‘Good’ With New Boyfriend

first_imgFeeling the love? Teresa Giudice’s new relationship with boyfriend Luis “Louie” Ruelas is off to a great start, according to her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga.“Teresa’s good. She’s got her little boyfriend,” the Envy designer, 41, said with a wink to Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah via Instagram Live on Wednesday, November 11. “She’s good.”Melissa Gorga Gives Update Teresa Giudice New Relationship Luis RuelasMelissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas. Shutterstock (2); Courtesy Digital Media Solutions/Instagram- Advertisement – Us Weekly confirmed earlier this week that Giudice, 48, has moved on with Ruelas, 46, following her split from ex-husband Joe Giudice. A source revealed that the courtship is “very new, but they are happy.”The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, for her part, spoke out amid speculation surrounding her new romance. “Excited to reveal my new boyfriend,” Teresa wrote on Monday, November 9, alongside a pic of the twosome attending a football game.In December 2019, Teresa and Joe, also 48, announced their plans to separate after 20 years of marriage. The longtime pair share daughters Gia, 19, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 11.Melissa Gorga Gives Update Teresa Giudice New Relationship Joe GiudiceJoe Giudice. Courtesy Joe Giudice/Instagram- Advertisement – Less than one year after announcing their split, Teresa and Joe’s divorce was finalized in September. “They are supporting each other 100 percent as they each pursue their happiness,” an insider told Us at the time. “Joe is in Italy for now, and Teresa is in New Jersey. Their primary focus is and will remain their four beautiful daughters.”Joe returned to his native Italy in October 2019 following his release from prison. When Teresa and their four daughters visited him in the European country last November, a source told Us that the now-exes “talked about their future” and “neither of them wanted to be in a long-distance relationship.”Joe recently confirmed that he is dating an attorney. “She’s helping out a lot out here,” he explained on The Wendy Williams Show in October. “It’s good because I have a lot of things going on out here and she’s putting together a lot of deals for me.”- Advertisement – The businessman continued, “We’ve been seeing each other, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say that we’re boyfriend, girlfriend, but we’re kind of like hanging out a lot.”Listen to Getting Real with the Housewives, your one-stop destination for Housewives news and exclusive interviews – Advertisement –last_img read more

Use care with silage to maintain quality and safety

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Livestock producers need to take extra care when creating and maintaining stored silage piles to not only ensure they produce quality animal feed but also to lessen the risk of injury or even death from suffocation caused by an accidental silage avalanche.Creating safe and nutritional silage piles starts with making sure the height is never higher than what your loading or unloading equipment can safely reach, which is typically 12 to14 feet above the silage floor, said Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.While that may sound intuitive, Lewandowski said, numerous silage avalanches have occurred nationwide in recent years that have resulted in several deaths, according to data compiled by Ruthie and Keith Bolsen, nationally known silage safety experts.“The biggest concern is that we can have these silage avalanches where silage will break off the face of the pile that you are drawing feed from, burying anyone beneath it,” he said. “These avalanches or pileups can occur in a second, creating a silent burial for anything that happens to be near, resulting in injury or death.”Maintaining silage piles is also key to preventing feed spoilage or silage quality degradation, Lewandowski said. Once silage is exposed to air, its quality begins to decline, he said.“Yeast begins to grow in the presence of oxygen and those yeast metabolize the lactic acid that was formed during silage fermentation,” he said. “As yeast metabolizes the lactic acid, silage pH begins to increase and this allows fungi and bacteria to grow, which results in silage quality degradation.”To better ensure nutritional silage, the goal should be to create sound silage piles and remove an adequate amount of silage each day from the bunker so that the face of the silage remains fresh and silage quality is maintained, Lewandowski said.“Producers should use equipment that allows for the silage pile to maintain a smooth face to try to minimize the penetration of air into the new silo face as silage is removed,” he said. “Silage face shavers, defacers and silage rakes are good tools to use for this purpose.”Other safety and management tips to follow when creating or maintaining silage piles include:• Never work in or near a bunker or pile alone. Suffocation is a major concern in the event of a silage avalanche and the minutes saved in a rescue attempt when not working alone could mean the difference between life and death.• Use proper removal and unloading techniques. Never dig the bucket of a loader into the bottom of the silage. Do not undercut the silage face. Shave the silage from the top down on the silage face and maintain a smooth silage face.• When collecting a silage sample for quality analysis, do not sample from the silage face. Collect silage in a loader bucket and sample from that loader bucket after it has been moved a safe distance from the silage face.• Post signs indicating pileup or suffocation warnings around the perimeter of bunkers and piles.“And remember, never stand closer to the silage face than three times its height,” Lewandowski said. “When a silage avalanche occurs, the silage falls down and runs out away from the silage face, potentially leaving you buried alive in seconds.“Silage safety is important in all seasons but needs to be stressed during winter months when cold working conditions may lessen awareness of potential hazards or lead to the temptation to take shortcuts that are not safe.”last_img read more

March 19 2010 Arcosanti Offers Rare Sale on Sole

first_imgMarch 19, 2010 Arcosanti Offers Rare Sale on Soleri Windbells Handmade in Arizona, Soleri windbells are offered at discounted prices in the Arcosanti Gallery only March 19 – 28, 2010. [image & text: Cosanti Foundation] A limited time sale on Soleri bronze windbells will be offered in the Arcosanti Gallery from March 19 – 28, 2010, including 20% off a wide selection of bells. Located about 1 hour north of Phoenix near exit 262 off of Interstate 17, Arcosanti is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arcosanti offers visitors remarkable architecture in a serene desert setting. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation] Walking tours are offered several times per day, the Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, and a visitor hiking trail presents an opportunity to see splendid views of the Arcosanti site perched upon a colorful desert mesa. Call 928-632-7135 or visit www.arcosanti.org for maps or additional information. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation] Each one of a kind Soleri windbell is handmade in Arizona using the techniques developed by Italian architect and Arcosanti founder Paolo Soleri. This sale is only offered once per year, only applies to in-store purchases at Arcosanti, and cannot to be combined with any other discount. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation]last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_img“We are looking forward to it. It is a big game, it is a derby for both clubs and add to that it is first vs second. It is a good opportunity to put a marker down for us as a team and we are looking forward to the battle.“There have been a lot of big games this season but we played them at home back in March and we are the two form teams in the competition. We are sitting where we are for a reason and it’s a good opportunity to put a good marker down. We are going up against a tough opposition who along with ourselves have been a really good side this year, one of the best teams we will come up against this year.Chris Hill joined Alex at a joint press conference at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the week and Walmsley is relishing the battle ahead.“Chris is a quality player and I have played with him at international level so I know what sort of player he is. I am looking forward to that battle, but they have such a big and menacing pack. They have got internationals in the front and back row so it is important we are on our game. We are no push overs ourselves and we have some good boys in our pack and we are looking forward to that battle.”Warrington have told us the ‘Wolves are waiting’, but the Saints wait for no one as we fly high at the top of the Betfred Super League table as both clubs exchanged words ahead of the big game and Walmsley feels the fun on social media all adds to the build up.“There is a definitely a different feel around the place, it is first vs second, it is Saints vs Warrington and there is a lot at stake, but a bit of poking fun at each other adds to that as well. It is going to be a packed house on Friday and both teams will be looking for bragging rights.”And ‘big Al’ is expecting a huge Saints following on Friday night and says he and the boys are looking forward to the support.Our travelling fans are unbelievable. They really do come out in numbers, especially against Warrington. They can make this feel like a home game they are that loud and they do come in force. I am sure Friday will be exactly the same and we are looking forward to that support.Tickets for Saints top of the table clash with Warrington on Friday are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

New astronomy workshop for students with hearing loss

first_img Source:https://www.ucr.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 6 2019Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have teamed with teachers at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, or CSDR, to design an astronomy workshop for students with hearing loss that can be easily used in classrooms, museums, fairs, and other public events.The workshop utilized a sound stage that allowed the CSDR students to “feel” vibrations from rockets, stars, galaxies, supernovae, and even remnants of the Big Bang itself. The members of the team have made their materials public and written up their experiences to help teachers and other educators worldwide to similarly engage the deaf community in STEM activities.Since 2015, Gillian Wilson, senior associate vice chancellor for research and economic development and a professor of physics and astronomy at UCR, and Mario De Leo-Winkler, director of the National System of Researchers of Mexico and a former postdoctoral scholar at UCR, have developed astronomy outreach activities – astronomy photography competitions, traveling astronomy exhibitions, K12 workshops, interdisciplinary honors thesis projects, hands-on undergraduate astrophotography – that have touched 40,000 people.They have worked closely with CSDR teachers before, ensuring American Sign Language, or ASL, at public astronomy events, but had never developed an activity targeted for the deaf community.Around 360 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss. In the United States, about 11 million citizens are functionally deaf or report some trouble hearing. The city of Riverside contains a large concentration of deaf students because it is home to CSDR, the only public school for the deaf in Southern California.”Designers of informal STEM education and public outreach activities often overlook people with hearing loss,” De Leo-Winkler said. “For our workshop we decided to focus on astronomy -a gateway to science- because of the breathtaking imagery it offers, the big questions it tackles, and its increasingly interdisciplinary nature. We used storytelling, videos, and images in the workshop to bring meaning to the sounds of the universe — all of which made for a very engaging experience for the students.”Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTMalaria drug may help those with hereditary hearing loss finds studySmarter, more educated people get a cognitive ‘head start’, but aren’t protected from Alzheimer’s”The students clearly loved the experience,” said Wilson, “and that’s the whole point.”De Leo-Winkler and Wilson presented the workshop multiple times over three days at CSDR, using feedback from the teachers and students not only to better convey the scientific concepts, but also to improve the students’ experience. Their presentation took the students on a cosmic voyage: the students “traveled” from Earth, where thunderstorms were raging, to the sun, where they experienced a solar storm. The voyage continued to Jupiter, flew through the rings of Saturn, and continued on to stars Alpha Centauri A and B. The students flew past the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy and encountered a supernovae explosion. The voyage ended by encountering the Cosmic Microwave Background, the radiation leftover from the Big Bang. Temperature variations in this radiation were sonified to allow the students to experience them as vibrations.”Deaf individuals have a more developed sense of touch than hearing people due to their brain ‘rewiring’ in a process called neuroplasticity,” De Leo-Winkler said. “We paid close attention to this when designing the workshop. The students sit on a special interlocking wooden floor and face a TV screen. When sounds are played, they are transmitted by the sound system onto the floorboard as vibrations. Meanwhile videos and images that provide information are displayed on the screen. We tell the story and an interpreter signs what we say in American Sign Language.”The workshop opens a new way of communicating cosmic phenomena, related to sound, to the deaf community, and opens the door for further developments in public outreach using vibrations to engage and excite students.”It was very important to us to make our materials publicly accessible,” Wilson said. “There are dozens of these sound stages in the U.S. alone. Our workshop could easily be adapted to include other astronomical phenomena or to focus on another scientific discipline. I hope knowing that this was such a positive experience for us will inspire others.”last_img read more

From catfish to romance fraud how to avoid getting caught in any

first_imgAustralian singer-songwriter Casey Donovan opened up again last night about the six years she thought she was involved in a relationship with a man she never met, someone called “Campbell”. We asked catfish why they trick people online—it’s not about money The Australian Idol winner told the Andrew Denton: Interview show, on Channel 7, how she was a victim of catfishing – a cruel hoax in which someone creates a false identity to play on the romantic emotions of a person by pretending to be someone they’re not, either online or, in Donovan’s case, over the phone.”Hope kept me there,” she told the program. “To think that no-one could actually do that to another human being and to think of all the shit I’d already encountered in my life, to be at that point and to […] just have everything fall apart, it really hurt.”Donovan has spoken about her case before and there are many others who have been catfished – just do a quick search of YouTube.There are some similarities between catfishing and online romance fraud, something I’ve been involved in studying for more than ten years.So is there anything we can do to avoid being deceived by both? They play with your heartMy research on romance fraud has focused on the use of online deception to destroy both the hearts and wallets of victims worldwide.Latest figures on romance fraud in Australia show victims lost more than A$24 million in 2018 cases reported to ScamWatch, run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. About A$19.5 million were loses reported by women.While catfishing arguably uses the same types of deception and manipulation as romance fraud, the ultimate end goal is different. Those who catfish others online usually don’t have a financial motive.Unfortunately, there are no known statistics on the prevalence of catfishing, so the extent of this type of victimisation is largely unknown. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Explore further This same sense of emotional harm is evident in the case of those who are catfished. The same issues around acknowledgement of victimisation and reporting are consistent. Many victims likely do not ever realise they are involved in a relationship with someone who doesn’t exist or who has been lying to them. If they are aware, it is also likely that many do not report or disclose to family or friends. The level of embarrassment, shame and stigmatisation experienced by victims is likely to be similar. How it worksThe techniques used by catfish are similar in many ways to what we know about romance fraud.The same social engineering techniques, the same grooming process that seeks to develop trust and rapport with the victim. The same level of patience used by offenders to maintain the ruse for weeks, months, and even years in the case of Donovan. Nobody sets out to be a victim of online deception, whether it is catfishing or romance fraud. These perpetrators identify a weakness or vulnerability in a potential victim, and exploit this by whatever means necessary.Why do people catfish?There is limited research as to why individuals engage in online deception, across both catfishing and romance fraud. For romance fraud, there is a strong argument that offenders are motivated to defraud victims for financial reasons.There is also emerging links of romance fraud to global organised crime networks. But this does not hold for catfishing. Rather, the small amount of research that explores the reasons fuelling catfish activities, link to a perpetrator’s feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, escapism, and a desire to explore their sexuality through a different persona.These are all focused on the offender themselves, rather than being concentrated on any victim characteristic. Given the extent of the harm incurred by online deception, it is imperative to gain a better understanding of the factors which motivate those behind both romance fraud and catfishing. How not to get caught in a scamOnline deception is difficult to guard against. How can you convince someone that the person they are in love with is not real?In the case of romance fraud, all prevention messages revolve around the inevitable request to send money. But in the case of catfishing, this message is redundant. But there are similar signs to look out for. A refusal to meet in person or sometimes to communicate via other social media platforms. Inconsistencies in the stories used by those who perpetrate these acts. A gut feeling that something is not quite right. On the US television documentary series Catfish, hosts Nev and Max use a range of techniques to try to find the real identities of those who are behind the online catfish.Sometimes, a simple reverse image search on pictures used by the catfish may provide answers. Ultimately, looking for love or friendship online comes with risk, in the same way that driving to work each day carries with it an understood level of risk.But we should not disengage from social media or communicating online. Instead, we need to take precautions to reduce the likelihood that we become victims to online deception, in the form of either catfishing or romance fraud. Citation: From catfish to romance fraud, how to avoid getting caught in any online scam (2019, May 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-catfish-romance-fraud-caught-online.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain While the statistics on romance fraud are problematic – the 2018 ScamWatch figure is up $4.1 million on the year before – it is still officially recognised as a form of fraud and a legitimate form of victimisation. Catfishing itself is not a crime. It is only the deception associated with it that can be classed as fraud, and is therefore criminal.A catfish capturedEarlier last month, Lydia Abdelmalek was found guilty in a Melbourne Court of stalking six people.Adbelmalek was also a catfish. In her case she took on the persona of Australian actor Lincoln Lewis to deceive several women online. The depth of her deception and the extent of her harassment and ongoing threatening behaviour to her victims tragically resulted in one of her victims taking her own life.Abdelmalek is to be sentenced in June.Victim violationThe sense of violation and betrayal is common across both romance fraud and catfishing. In romance fraud, it is termed the “double hit” of victimisation, whereby the emotional loss is actually more severe and traumatising than the financial loss itself. Provided by The Conversation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

What Are GMOs and GM Foods

first_img This article was updated on July 8, 2019 by Live Science Contributor Mark Davis. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndo Why GMOs are good Many scientific organizations and industry groups agree that the fear-mongering that runs through discussions of GMO foods is more emotional than factual. “Indeed, the science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe,” the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) said in a 2012 statement. “The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: Consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM (genetically modified) crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques,” according to the AAAS. Others point to the benefits of sturdier crops with higher yields. “GM crops can improve yields for farmers, reduce draws on natural resources and fossil fuels and provide nutritional benefits,” according to a statement on the website for Monsanto, the world’s largest manufacturer of GMOs. Monsanto and other agriculture companies have a financial stake in the research and messaging surrounding GM foods and have the resources to fund research that reinforces their narrative. However, although there are plenty of scientific data that demonstrates the safety, efficacy and resilience of GM crops, genetic modification remains a comparatively new scientific field. GMO labeling debate The argument over the development and marketing of GMO foods has become a political hot potato in recent years. In November 2015, the FDA issued a ruling that only requires additional labeling of foods derived from genetically engineered sources if there is a material difference — such as a different nutritional profile — between the GMO product and its non-GMO equivalent. The agency also approved AquaAdvantage Salmon, a salmon designed to grow faster than non-GMO salmon. According to Monsanto, “there is no scientific justification for special labeling of foods that contain GM ingredients. We support these positions and the FDA’s approach.” According to GMO Answers, an industry group comprised of Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer, BASF, CropScience and Syngenta, GMO agricultural products are “by far the most regulated and tested product in agricultural history.” Additionally, their website states that “many independent scientists and organizations around the world — such as the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science — have looked at thousands of scientific studies and concluded that GM food crops do not pose more risks to people, animals or the environment than any other foods.” The political issue that GMOs have become is almost as conductive as the scientific debate. However, after much discussion among various lawmakers across the U.S., the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) was passed into law at the beginning of 2019. According to the NBFDS current federal statutes, starting in 2020, all food must bear a BE (bioengineered) label if it contains more than 5% bioengineered material. States are free to impose their own labeling requirements as well, though it seems that most jurisdictions are waiting for federal laws to be implemented before working on new legislation. One thing is for certain: the scientific and political discussions surrounding GMO foods aren’t going away any time soon. Additional resources: Learn more about the genetics behind GM foods, from the University of Utah. Read the WHO’s answers to frequently asked questions about GMOs.center_img See how Americans are narrowly divided on their thoughts about GMO safety according to a recent Pew Research Center report. A genetically modified organism, or GMO, is an organism that has had its DNA altered or modified in some way through genetic engineering. In most cases, GMOs have been altered with DNA from another organism, be it a bacterium, plant, virus or animal; these organisms are sometimes referred to as “transgenic” organisms. Genetics from a spider that helps the arachnid produce silk, for example, could be inserted into the DNA of an ordinary goat. It sounds far-fetched, but that is the exact process used to breed goats that produce silk proteins in their goat milk, Science Nation reported. Their milk is then harvested, and the silk protein is then isolated to make a lightweight, ultrastrong silk material with a wide range of industrial and medical uses.Advertisement The dizzying range of GMO categories is enough to boggle the mind. CRISPR, a novel genome editing tool, has allowed geneticists to breed GMO pigs that glow in the dark by inserting jellyfish bioluminescence genetic code into pig DNA. CRISPR is opening doors to genetic modifications the likes of which were unimaginable just a decade ago. These are more comparatively wild examples, but GMOs are already very common in the farming industry. The most common genetic modifications are designed to create higher yield crops, more consistent products, and resist pests, pesticides and fertilizer. Genetically modified food According to the National Library of Medicine (part of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, or NCBI), genetically engineered, or GM, foods are those that have had foreign genes from other plants or animals inserted into their genetic codes. This has resulted in foods that are consistently flavored, as well as resistant to disease and drought. However, the NCBI also maintains a list of potential risks associated with GM foods, including genetic alterations that can cause environmental harm. Specifically, it’s possible that modified organisms could be inbred with natural organisms, leading to the possible extinction of the original organism. For instance, the banana tree is propagated entirely through cloning methods. The bananas themselves are sterile. By far, the biggest use of GMO technology is in large-scale agricultural crops. At least 90% of the soy, cotton, canola, corn and sugar beets sold in the United States have been genetically engineered. The adoption of herbicide-resistant corn, which had been slower in previous years, has accelerated, reaching 89% of U.S. corn acreage in 2014 and 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One of the biggest draws for widespread adoption of GMO crops is pest resistance. According to the World Health Organization, one of the most widely used methods for incorporating pest resistance into plants is through Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) genetics, a bacterium that produces proteins that repel insects. GMO crops that are modified with the Bt gene have a proven resistance to insect pests, thus reducing the need for wide-scale spraying of synthetic pesticides. Are GMOs safe? Anti-GMO activists argue that GMOs can cause environmental damage and health problems for consumers. One such anti-GMO organization is the Center for Food Safety, which calls the genetic engineering of plants and animals potentially “one of the greatest and most intractable environmental challenges of the 21st century.” “Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sickness, sterile and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals,” according to the Institute for Responsible Technology, a group of anti-GMO activists. “Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe,” according to the Non-GMO Project. “In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.” As You Sow is a nonprofit environmental watchdog focusing its research on how corporate actions affect our environment, including food production. According to Christy Spees, a program manager with As You Sow, GMO foods are dangerous “because the modifications are centered around resistance to toxic substances, such as pesticides and certain fertilizers. When dangerous chemicals are applied, plants use them to grow, and the food itself can be detrimental to our health.” Designer Plants Boost Crop Yields | VideoVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/40895-gmo-facts.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:0301:03Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:09Robots to the Rescue02:27Robotic Arms关闭 last_img read more