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Posts Tagged ‘soybeans’

Do You Know What RoundUp Ready Means?

Posted by terrepruitt on May 29, 2012

Have you heard the term “RoundUp Ready”?  Round up is an herbicide, a plant killer.  Farmers use it to kill weeds.  They kill the weeds with an herbicide in order to not have to till the soil.  Not having to till the soil to destroy the weeds saves time and money.  The way that farmers can use a poisonous plant killer on the food crops without killing the crop is that the seeds of the crops are “RoundUp Ready”.  Certain seeds have been genetically engineered to withstand the effects of Roundup.  I’ll repeat that so you don’t have to go back:  RoundUp Ready is where certain seeds have been genetically engineered to withstand the effects of the plant killer, glyphosate (Roundup).  So the plants that surround the crop will die when the area is sprayed with the herbicide, but the crop itself will survive.  Scientists have created seeds for food to be consumed that can outlast the effects of poison.

Monsanto’s website states:  “Roundup Ready® Soybeans were commercialized in 1996, followed by alfalfa, corn, cotton, spring canola, sugarbeets and winter canola, which contain in-plant tolerance to Roundup® agricultural herbicides. This means you can spray Roundup agricultural herbicides in-crop from emergence through flowering for unsurpassed weed control, proven crop safety and maximum yield potential.”  Monsanto is the company that created Roundup and the RoundUp Ready seed.  As you can see their bragging rights include the fact that you can spray poison on the plant from the moment it starts to grow all the way through flowering.  Non-stop poisoning!  Yay!  But that is ok because the plant, the soy, the alfalfa, the corn, the cotton, the genetically engineered rapeseed (AKA the “canola”), and the sugarbeets have all been engineered to withstand the poison.  It won’t die from it, it will just have been treated with it . . . from the beginning to the end.

So, for some of us there is two things here, the food itself has been altered and then it is sprayed with poison.  For some the fact that the food itself has been engineered might not seem like a big deal.  Genetically modified food has been around for ages.  I myself love the mutated peach.  In fact I don’t even like peaches, but I love their mutation, their genetic modification.  Grafting and breeding is different, it is not engineering.  Engineering is — for example — when they take something and make it be able to withstand poison, something that kills all the other plants around it.  Creating something beyond the natural.  For some that makes it something we don’t care to eat.

Then on top of the fact that our food is grown from some type of super seed, it is sprayed with RoundUp.  One of the active ingredients in Roundup is glyphosate.  Glyphosate is not selective in it’s killing of plant life, that is why the seeds of the crops needed to be fortified against it.  In looking for information on glyphsate you will find many sources stating that it causes birth defects in laboratory animals.  Many of the same sources claim that no government will admit that those findings prove it does the same in humans.  I wonder what the guidelines are for that?  To me it sounds like, “We will believe that “this” will cause harm in humans because we see in happening in the lab animals, but, no, we will just ignore that “that” might cause harm in humans even though we see all the damage done in the studies and tests on the lab animals.”  Maybe they toss a coin?  It is probably even more difficult to do studies and conduct tests since the U.S. Department of Agriculture stopped updating its pesticide use database in 2008.

I had been hearing the term “RoundUp Ready” a lot and I decided to find out what it meant.  Now I know.  I thought I would share so now you know too, in case you were wondering.  Also sheds a little light as to the crops that have been genetically engineered and what that means.  Alfalfa, corn, cotton, canola (FKA genetically engineered rapeseed), sugarbeets have been modified at the genetic level to survive being sprayed with poison that kills all other plants around, that’s what RoundUp Ready means.

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It’s Not the Turkey Making You Tired

Posted by terrepruitt on November 26, 2011

A while ago I heard something that explained the myth around turkey and tryptophan.  But I couldn’t remember what it was so I was thinking about it and I realized that it probably isn’t really the amount of tryptophan in the turkey that causes people to get sleepy it is more likely the combination of foods that are being consumed during a holiday meal AND the amount.  I was thinking that all the carbohydrates would be a reason that people feel sleepy after eating a turkey dinner.  So, of course I looked it up and the wonderful Wiki had a lot of great info.

First of all, the amount of tryptophan is less in turkey than in cod, soybeans, Parmesan cheese, and cheddar cheese.  It is slightly higher in turkey than chicken, beef, and pork chops.  A direct quote from Wiki:  “It is particularly plentiful in chocolate, oats, dried dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, corn, spirulina, and peanuts.”  Basically protein based foods. Tryptohphan in turkey has been blamed for many people falling asleep after a Holiday meal.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid so that means we must eat it because our bodies cannot produce it.  If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, irritability, impatience, impulsiveness, inability to concentrate, weight gain or unexplained weight loss, overeating and/or carbohydrate cravings, poor dream recall, or insomnia, according to WHFoods, you could need to add more tryptophan to your diet.  Adding more foods that contain high amounts of tryptophan could possibly help you with these things.  It helps form serotonin which can help you feel better and help you sleep.

The ByteSize Science did a little video explaining that tryptophan does not make you sleepy.  This video says there is LESS in turkey than in chicken.  It explains that tryptophan on its own could cause you to be sleepy, but the amount in turkey has to compete with all the other food and so it is not enough to actually cause you to be tired.  This video also says that most people eat more calories in one Thanksgiving meal than they normally it in a regular day.  This huge amount of food makes the body have to work extra hard to digest the food.  The blood goes from the brain to the stomach which causes the tiredness and grogginess.

Not sure how the turkey-tryptophan myth started, but science has proved it to be exactly that – a myth.  So instead of blaming turkey, and the amino acid that our body needs to make necessary compounds, for our post Holiday food coma we should actually acknowledge it is probably the amount of food and the combination of food that is responsible.  Armed with this information we could eat our turkey without fearing it will cause us to get sleepy and maybe eat less food and less carbs and avoid the food coma that usually ensues a Holiday meal.   What do you think?

This is a portion of a chart on Wiki:

Food Protein [g/100 g of food] Tryptophan
[g/100 g of food]
Tryptophan/Protein [%]
cod, atlantic, dried

62.82

0.70

1.11

soybeans, raw

36.49

0.59

1.62

cheese, Parmesan

37.90

0.56

1.47

cheese, cheddar

24.90

0.32

1.29

pork, chop

19.27

0.25

1.27

turkey

21.89

0.24

1.11

chicken

20.85

0.24

1.14

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