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The anti-GMO way: Modern corn was created through thousands of generations of selective breeding by indigenous Mesoamericans

Sunday, September 30, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: maize, corn, selective breeding

Maize
(NaturalNews) Corn (also known as maize), was already being eaten 8,700 years ago in the lowlands of what is now southwestern Mexico. Like all domestic crops, it was probably developed through a combination of random mutations (producing, for example, a variety whose seed heads did not explode, thus allowing the seeds to be harvested by humans) and selective breeding by humans. Selective breeding occurs when humans facilitate the reproduction of only those plant or animal varieties that contain the traits most beneficial for themselves.

Just how long it took humans to domesticate wheat, corn, or any other crop is a matter of fierce scientific debate. For example, while domestic wheat was already being eaten 9,000 years ago in what is now southeastern Turkey, archaeological evidence suggests that humans may have been eating the grain's wild ancestor 14,000 years before that. How much of the intervening time period involved selective breeding, whether passively or deliberately, may never be known with any degree of certainty.

Selective breeding is a truly natural way to shape the properties of an agricultural crop, whereas genetic engineering is an unnatural method that violates nature by creating GMO -- a source of "genetic pollution" that now threatens the future of all food crops on our planet.

Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike Adams and David Guiterrez. This report reveals surprising things about where your food comes from and what's really in it! Download the full report (FREE) by clicking here. Inside, you'll learn 24 more amazing but true facts about foods, beverages and food ingredients. Instant download of the complete PDF. All 25 facts are documented and true.

Additional sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestication
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn
http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2009/03/corn-domesticated-8700-years-ago.html
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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

In late 2013, Adams launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where he conducts atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. With this research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products to low levels by July 1, 2015.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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