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On the left, pancreas glands are examined as they arrive from the meatpacking house. On the right, the glands are run through grinders before the next step in the process, insulin extraction. Photograph courtesy of “Stories from the National Museum of American History” http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2013/11/two-tons-of-pig-parts-making-insulin-in-the-1920s.html

“GMOs” for the Animals: The case of pig-free insulin

by Juan Drewjn, Vegan GMO Latinoamerica. Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar (i.e. glucose) is too high. Type 1 diabetes prevents your body from making insulin. With type 2 diabetes -the most common type- your body doesn’t make or use insulin well. Insulin is a protein that is needed to lower glucose levels […]

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Vegans Must March for Science

Science and justice go hand in hand. By Jayson Merkley Director, Vegan GMO If you see veganism as a movement for justice then you better be at the March for Science this weekend. That’s what veganism is for us. Not a weight-loss diet, not a fad, not a marketing gimmick. Veganism is how we express […]

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Chickens will suffer for the Non-GMO Project’s regressive ideology

Not only is lab meat safer than alternatives, it has the potential to save billions of lives. by Jayson Merkley Director, Vegan GMO The Non-GMO Project is happy to sacrifice billions of chickens in pursuit of regressive ideological purity. That was the clear message sent in a March 17th tweet: “This new genetic engineering technology […]

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Embracing science for the animals

Compassionate lifestyles are backed by scientific facts. by Juan Drewjn, Vegan GMO Latinoamerica There are a lot of vegans who are wary of science.  This unease is likely based on misunderstandings about what constitutes “science” and how knowledge has been gained through use of the scientific method. Here are some scientific facts that are helpful for […]

GMO Soy

Typically, when a genetically modified crop is developed, it undergoes safety tests to ensure that (1) its chemical composition and nutrition are not significantly different from those of its conventional counterparts; (2) the only detectable differences in proteins between the two varieties arise from the inserted gene(s); (3) those proteins are not toxic, even at […]

Xanthan Gum

Humans have been breeding plants for thousands of years, and agriculture was a watershed in our evolution. Plants are bred to exhibit desirable traits, a process that was sometimes helped along by spontaneous mutations – such as the mutation that brought us sticky rice about 1,000 years ago (Ronald, 88). New techniques have developed over […]

Transgenic Papaya

Papaya is an important source of vitamin A in many parts of the developing world; in fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked it No. 1 on its list of most nutritious fruits (C. Gonsalves). After a seed is planted, fruit appears in just nine months, and within a year the tree […]

Bt Toxin

A bacteria species called Bacillus thuringiensis, which occurs naturally in the soil, manufactures a poison called Bt toxin. It seems to target plant pests, such as the European corn borer, almost exclusively. Corn and cotton have also been genetically engineered to express the Bt toxin, making the plants poisonous to pests but not to humans. […]

The Rothamstead Wheat Trial & Animal Genes

An issue in relation to genetic engineering of crops often brought up by other vegans and vegetarians is, “What about inserting animal genes into plants, doesn’t that make them no longer vegan/vegetarian?” The short answer is, no, absolutely not, and as pointed out before, the fear of consuming “animal genes” in plants is only theoretical […]

Roundup (Glyphosate)

Farm workers and chemical workers suffer from the highest levels of exposure to pesticides, usually from inadequate protection and misuse of chemicals. Often, the workers are not educated about how to protect themselves or aren’t provided with adequate protective gear. Also, labor laws and protections for workers vary from country to country, and illiteracy and […]

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