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Interesting Effect of Fishy Omega-3 on Insects

Posted on 6/14/2017 by
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A recent article looked at the impact of DHA/EPA (the Omega-3’s from fish oil) on the morphology of insects. There is currently aggressive, genetic modifications being done to plants to make them produce fish oil. Even though Nature would not have done this for probably a good reason (why ask such a basic question), man is going headlong into this endeavor. So now that we are at this precipice, what will it do to the environment?

Well, interestingly, these insect studies show gross deformities when fed a diet of fish oil. Is this a warning sign of what’s to come? Why are we fundamentally changing the biology of our crops genetically for no additional benefits and what could be an environmental disaster. It has happened before. A GMO grass was being studied and is now growing wild and nothing kills it.

 

So there are 2 cautionary points to be taken away here. Why are we altering genetics of plants to produce a product of dubious health benefits to man and what is the effect of the genetic modification on the environment around us? Once this gene gets into the wild, there is no predicting its effects, could it eradicate all of these natural predators and forever change the earth that we live on?

 

 Read the study published in March 24, 2016 titled Long-Chain Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Have Developmental Effects on the Crop Pest, the Cabbage White Butterfly Pieris rapae.1

 

“Nutritional enhancement of crops using genetic engineering can potentially affect herbivorous pests. Recently, oilseed crops have been genetically engineered to produce the long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) at levels similar to that found in fish oil; to provide a more sustainable source of these compounds than is currently available from wild fish capture. We examined some of the growth and development impacts of adding EPA and DHA to an artificial diet of Pieris rapae, a common pest of Brassicaceae plants...”

 

REFERENCED ARTICLE: Hixson SM, Shukla K, Campbell LG, Hallett RH, Smith SM, Packer L, et al. (2016) Long-Chain Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Have Developmental Effects on the Crop Pest, the Cabbage White Butterfly Pieris rapae. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0152264. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152264

 

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Dr. Jeff Matheson, MDCM

Dr. Jeff Matheson obtained an HBSc (Biochem) degree from University of Western Ontario, followed by a his MDCM Degree (doctor of medicine, teacher of surgery) from McGill University in 1991. He was a full-time Emergency Room physician for 15 years, Medical Director of Med-Emerg Inc from 1998-2013, Founder of CPM Medical Clinics (pain management) which became the largest provider of pain management in Canada 2005 to present, setting standards to which all clinics must be certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario. He has trained over 70 physicians in the practice of pain management, established the Headache, Migraine and Pain Treatment Centre in Ajax Oct 2013- a new, non-narcotic approach to pain management using neuroplasticity principles. Jeff is one of the founders of Pure Life Science Corp.