Is there animal DNA in GM foods?
Is there animal DNA in GM foods? If so which ones? Please answer, I'm a vegetarian, and when I heard this I nearly got sick from the thought. Please answer. Thank you.
Submitted by: kbellaorganic
Expert response from Fran Castle
Former Global Senior Manager, Communications, BASF
Monday, 04/11/2013 22:09
I am sorry that you were concerned. There is certainly quite a bit of misinformation about GM crops on the Internet that is designed to mislead and scare consumers. There are no commercial GM crops on the market that contain animal genes.
It should be noted that plant scientists who study the genomes of plants have estimated that about 60 percent of the genes present in plants have very similar copies in animals. This is not surprising, since all organisms use the same genetic toolbox. DNA from any source is made up of the same four basic nucleotide building blocks: adenine (A), cytosine (C), thymine (T) and guanine (G). So DNA that comes from a plant or a microbe has the same four nucleotides as the DNA in animals. When any DNA is ingested, it is broken down into these nucleotides, which are further broken down and absorbed or excreted.
You may want to read more detailed articles that provide more in-depth information related to your question:
- The Skeptical Vegan: Animal Genes & Rothamstead Wheat Trial
- Karl Haro von Mogel: You’re eating viral DNA?
- Reason.com: Veggie Tales
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