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    into the apple. Upon learning this, I vowed to never again eat a genetically modified apple. However, eating foods that are not genetically altered may be easier said than done. At present, manufacturers are not required to label their products as containing GMOs. According to the Food and Drug Administration, “foods developed using recombinant DNA (or rDNA) techniques would not be required to have special labeling to reveal that fact to consumers (Le Trent).” While this may seem like a harmless practice to many consumers, it can often lead a person to feel deceived and misinformed. According to a January 2012 lawsuit against Frito-Lay filed by Chris Shake, “modified organisms are created artificially in a laboratory by swapping genetic material across species to exhibit traits not naturally theirs (Dye)." The lawsuit also argues that the labeling of snack foods such as Tostitos and Sun Chips as “all-natural” should not be permitted sine they are made from genetically engineered corn and oils. In my opinion, “all-natural” means the ingredients can be found in nature, not in a Petri dish. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) proposes that a myriad of health problems including infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, disruption of insulin and cholesterol regulation, gastrointestinal problems, and organ damage are all associated with the ingestion of genetically modified organisms (Smith, M.). On top of these ailments, there is also…

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    Is this natures way of saying that we shouldn 't be doing this? Or is it only one simple downfall to the many pros? Unfortunately, there isn 't much research to back nor defeat GMO 's, which raises another question. Do we really know what were handling? The genetic code and DNA sequencing of an organism is very gentle and delicate, one base off and situations such as Cystic Fibrosis occurs. Yet, we 're able to handle it carefully and with enough care to create apples that will never bruise, or…

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    supermarkets which on average stock close to fifty thousand food items and these items is estimated to have traveled on average 2000 miles or 3200km before consumption. This increase of movement adds risks of contamination, every time it is transferred, from a boat, to a dock, to a warehouse, to a truck, all these steps add another chance for contamination to occur. In the United States individuals arriving from developing countries and taking on jobs as food handlers may have intestinal…

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    Wildlife Trafficking: the Elephant in the Room, But Without the Elephants Many people think it is cool and unique to have an exotic pet and stand out among their peers. But for every animal that is transported from its native country for sale, 90% will not survive the journey (“Inside”). That means that only 10% of animals are likely to last just the trip, which does not include the dozens of animals that are canceled orders, abandoned, or starving because of inadequate care and lack of a…

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    Tree Of Heaven Thomas Hairston, Laura Drake, Will Young, Joanna Sanford, Skyler de Regt, Boyd Anderson PSS 3133 Introduction Ailanthus altissma or more commonly known as the Tree of Heaven was introduced to the United States as an ornamental. The Tree of Heaven originated in Northeastern and Central China and Taiwan. It was introduced to the U.S. in 1748 by a Pennsylvania gardener. The Tree of Heaven is a deciduous tree that can reach 80 ft. and 6 ft. in diameter. It has smooth pale gray…

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    Over the span of 35 years, our society has developed research towards Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).These organisms have provided many benefits to the society through nutritional value and over the years of being developed, there have been negative theories that have arisen in the eyes of skeptics. Although there are many legitimate concerns toward GMOs, labeling and regulating Genetically Modified Organisms can alert customers of the dangers and decrease negativity by informing them of…

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    When looking at the data provided, the trends of native-species increase in the restored area and the abundance of exotic species seen in the degraded areas provides an idea of how effective the restoration efforts where at restoring them to the reference site. To begin, the data provided in table 5 gives an idea of the distribution of the number of species found at each site, and how much of a contrast is shown between the restored and degraded areas and how they compare to the reference site.…

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    GMO is created by manipulating the plant or animal’s DNA so that it holds certain desirable traits. The process of gene splicing allows the desirable genetic material to become part of the organism’s DNA, thus giving it the name, a genetically modified organism. These organisms are created for both agricultural purposes as well as scientific research. What are the most common types of GMOs? The two main genetically modified crops seen in the United States are Roundup Ready crops and Bt crops.…

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    The Exotic Animal Trade Have you ever thought of what it would be like to own a tiger or a lion? At five years old the thought of owning an exotic pet seemed very appealing. However as I grew older and more mature the reality of the situation and the idea does not seem like a dream anymore. When most families decide to buy a family pet they generally look for a fancy goldfish, a cute puppy, or even an energetic bunny, not a dangerous exotic animal. Exotic pets can be defined as an animal not…

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    Abundance of False Brome invasion in relation to distance from Oak Creek Apachino Villarreal Introduction Invasive species have been introduced to many ecosystems and can have detrimental effects due to their dominance and ability to spread easily. When an invasive species is introduced to a new ecosystem, it begins spreading and outcompeting the smaller species and creating a new type of vegetation that is not beneficial to the community. An introduced species can spread differently based on…

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