Does a person have the right to interfere in nature? Is GMO required? Influence on our body of exotic fruits. These and other questions are answered by the doctor of medical sciences, professor, ecologist Leonty Ivanovich Sandulyak.

  • Leonty Ivanovich, please tell me, how dangerous are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
  • To interfere in nature, you need to know it at the level of the Creator. Any human intervention in the environment in the end has negative consequences. First, a person gets what he wants, and then it turns out that there are more shortcomings than advantages. I can safely say that there is not a single invention of a man who does not harm nature, and therefore, to man as a part of it. The fact is that the ecological system includes living organisms and the environment in which they live. This is a single whole. Therefore, you can not damage plants or animals and do no harm to humans.

All chemicals are harmful. They negatively affect the nervous system, internal organs … I will give a textbook example of human intervention in nature: in 1947, thalidomide was widely used in the Federal Republic of Germany. It was recommended to be used by pregnant women as a sedative. But very quickly it turned out that six thousand (!) Children from women who received thalidomide were born without legs, without arms …

  • But today pregnant women are prescribed a large number of medications …
  • professor-ecologist Leonty Sandulyak
  • Pregnant women can take medicines only when there is a vital need, when without this drug it can die or become disabled. And for prevention, you do not need to feel well! Even vitamins are better for using in kind. Everything should be within the norm, you need to eat rationally. And God forbid any food additives! I would not recommend women to take even known aspirin or analgin for headache. Why? Through the placenta, everything goes to the fetus: what the mother eats, her child eats. Mother smokes – her child smokes, mother uses alcohol – her child drinks alcohol. Therefore, if parents want to have a healthy offspring, then two to three months before fertilization, one should stop using alcohol, quit smoking, not to mention narcotic drugs, medicines, then the child will be born healthy. Why do I stress this? For medicine knows how these or other medicines work on the adult’s body, but how they act on the body that is just developing is practically unknown. Any medication can cause malformations of the fetus. Especially it concerns alcohol. Even a glass of champagne before conception can lead to negative consequences. Drunk parents may have idiot children. Even Hippocrates, when he saw a mentally retarded child, said that he was conceived in hops. The French call these children “a child of a merry supper.” But sometimes they give an example that parents drink, and children are born normal. But it is not yet known what will happen to that child in 14-16 years. Here, unequivocally, nature does not give any indulgence to anyone. how these or other medicines work on the adult’s body, but how they act on the body that is just developing is practically unknown. Any medication can cause malformations of the fetus. Especially it concerns alcohol. Even a glass of champagne before conception can lead to negative consequences. Drunk parents may have idiot children. Even Hippocrates, when he saw a mentally retarded child, said that he was conceived in hops. The French call these children “a child of a merry supper.” But sometimes they give an example that parents drink, and children are born normal. But it is not yet known what will happen to that child in 14-16 years. Here, unequivocally, nature does not give any indulgence to anyone. how these or other medicines work on the adult’s body, but how they act on the body that is just developing is practically unknown. Any medication can cause malformations of the fetus. Especially it concerns alcohol. Even a glass of champagne before conception can lead to negative consequences. Drunk parents may have idiot children. Even Hippocrates, when he saw a mentally retarded child, said that he was conceived in hops. The French call these children “a child of a merry supper.” But sometimes they give an example that parents drink, and children are born normal. But it is not yet known what will happen to that child in 14-16 years. Here, unequivocally, nature does not give any indulgence to anyone. Especially it concerns alcohol. Even a glass of champagne before conception can lead to negative consequences. Drunk parents may have idiot children. Even Hippocrates, when he saw a mentally retarded child, said that he was conceived in hops. The French call these children “a child of a merry supper.” But sometimes they give an example that parents drink, and children are born normal. But it is not yet known what will happen to that child in 14-16 years. Here, unequivocally, nature does not give any indulgence to anyone. Especially it concerns alcohol. Even a glass of champagne before conception can lead to negative consequences. Drunk parents may have idiot children. Even Hippocrates, when he saw a mentally retarded child, said that he was conceived in hops. The French call these children “a child of a merry supper.” But sometimes they give an example that parents drink, and children are born normal. But it is not yet known what will happen to that child in 14-16 years. Here, unequivocally, nature does not give any indulgence to anyone. But it is not yet known what will happen to that child in 14-16 years. Here, unequivocally, nature does not give any indulgence to anyone. But it is not yet known what will happen to that child in 14-16 years. Here, unequivocally, nature does not give any indulgence to anyone.
  • How does the GMO affect human health after all?
  • Effect of GMO products
  • The word “modified” means changed. That is, its genome (a set of genes) has been changed in the GMO. A person has about 50 thousand genes. And in each gene, the synthesis of a protein is programmed. Now, through genetic engineering, that is, by interfering with DNA molecules, you can change the DNA itself, add a gene that is not native to this organism. For example, you can create a plant that is resistant to disease. By joining a new gene, scientists get a plant that will not hurt. Then you can apply chemicals to kill weeds on the field, and this plant will remain. It will transfer its properties to the offspring, and it can become a weed that can not be destroyed. There is already such an example: ambrosia is one of the strongest allergens, does not have natural enemies in our area, it grows everywhere. Earlier in nature weeds fought for existence,
  • You can add jellyfish genes to the tomato, and it will be frost-hardy. Potatoes that the Colorado beetles do not eat have already been created. To the potato was added a gene, deadly for the Colorado potato beetle. What can be with a man who will eat this potato is unknown …
  • They say that in Ukraine, despite the ban, you can buy such potatoes.
  • There is everything in Ukraine now, because there is no control. Today in our stores, foreign potatoes are sold much cheaper than Ukrainian ones. Is the potato safe for our health? How is it grown? All genetically modified organisms are much cheaper than conventional, natural. Their productivity, resistance to disease is higher. That is why it is very profitable to grow them. Today, cultivated genetically modified soybeans, corn … And if someone, buying seeds from a neighbor, think that it can not be genetically modified, then he is wrong. After all, it is not known where his neighbor took him, and what crops grew on the next field. After pollination, you will also have genetically modified plants. But the worst thing is that we can not say specifically, whether such products are harmful to health, whether it is possible to consume them for food. But we have the right to know: does the product contain GMOs or not? And we will decide for ourselves whether there is or not … Now in the media they say that they are experimenting in rats, they show that they become infertile, they lag behind in development … But this is a single research …
  • Is it allowed for a person to interfere with DNA, change the genome?

 

  • “You can not forbid this, because progress can not be stopped.” But only then this intervention will be harmless, when the Genetic Engineer is the Creator himself. For man does not do anything good.
  • Add genes to the plant genome of an insect or an animal is dangerous. And if the genome of plants is added to the plant – is it also dangerous?
  • Yes. After all, the plant acquires such properties that are alien to it.
  • And people, God forbid, do not introduce the genes of pathogens, so that their body is resistant to certain diseases?
  • So it will be, you can not doubt. “Lead” a person whose body will be stable, for example, to infectious diseases. That is, people, in connection with the development of genetic engineering, took upon themselves the function of God, and this is a big mistake. After all, in nature everything is so created that it is harmoniously regulated by itself. So it was millions of years. And with the advent of a person on the planet, these processes were disrupted. Even a thousand years ago on the planet, perhaps, there were several tens of millions of the population. Today our Earth is overpopulated. Soon there will come a time when the planet can not feed all people. Today half of the population is starving, and half suffer from obesity due to malnutrition, a wrong way of life.

In nature, if it increases, say, the number of mice on the field, than this field can feed, there is some kind of disease that destroys a significant part of the rodents to the optimum amount. Or they begin to fight each other, to destroy each other. The same with people. There was overpopulation – there was a plague, cholera, which destroyed humanity halfway, or even more. There were world wars. But with the progress of the war of mass destruction cease and cease to be an instrument for settling the population. There is no pandemic of infectious diseases, but AIDS has appeared. I think that nature has come up with a mechanism to reduce the number of people on the planet, so that there is harmony. Nobody knows, maybe, AIDS is a genetically modified organism. When it first appeared in Soviet times, it was reported in the media, that the Pentagon created a biological weapon against the black population. But there are other opinions … A person who has AIDS, loses immunity and dies. Treatment is very expensive and ineffective, prevention is one … I when I ask students how to protect themselves from AIDS? All in one voice shout: “Safe sex”. And no one will say that one must have one partner for life, and then there will be absolute security.

  • What can you say about the adopted law on labeling products with GMOs?
  • A feature of the Ukrainian laws is that they are not met. But even when they are carried out, what brings a billion profits will not be easy to prohibit. You look: now on all labels write “Without GMOs”. Do you believe that someone checked? Often, that no one checked. If checked, then, where they are, should indicate what percentage of GMOs in the product. How can we designate “Without GMOs”, if the laboratories, wherever the GMO content is determined, is a little bit? These are very expensive tests, you need to examine the DNA.

Healthy foods

The law should be not just tough, but cruel. Economic sanctions for non-compliance with the law should be such that it would be unprofitable to do so. In the meantime, it will be profitable, then the businessman will pay a large bribe and will have even greater profits.

This law was adopted in order to show the world that we also have it. Why do not we have laws in place? Because we live in a post-Soviet society. In the Soviet Union, laws were in place so that the world could see that there was a right, but the laws did not pay attention. The law was the secretary of the district committee, the regional party committee: what he will say, then do it.

I also want to add that in the spring to buy grapes as a delicacy – it must be out of your mind. You do not need to eat vegetables and fruits out of season. If an apple or an orange is stored for so long, it is only thanks to the fact that it was chemically, biologically processed, it is possible that the gene was introduced against decay … There is also less need for products that are not peculiar to our locality, the so-called exotic ones. Our organisms are not used to them. The most useful for health is that which grows in our latitudes.

  • But they say that in kiwi, for example, there are a lot of vitamins …
  • Onions, garlic, carrots no less. And in exotic foods there are vitamins to which our body is not adapted, so they can do more harm than good. For example, allergies may occur. You need to eat traditional Ukrainian food.
  • “But potatoes and tomatoes were brought from America …”
  • These are not national vegetables, but they have already entered our traditions, because they have been cultivated in our area for a long time. This should be taken very seriously. I believe that Ukraine has a great future as a state, because we have the best chernozem in the world. And soon the time will come when our agricultural products will be regarded as environmentally friendly.
  • Can GM products negatively affect the ecological situation, change the environment?
  • Of course. The GM species can populate the entire planet, and with it there will be no way to fight. There are already such examples: the Colorado beetle or ragweed plants, which do not fit into the ecological system. These are natural species. And provide that artificially created species can displace natural and negatively affect harmony in nature.
  • But it’s impossible to stop progress!
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