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GMO ingredients can form part of Omega-3 supply picture, GOED chief says

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By Hank Schultz

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Genetic modification of oil seed crops will form an important part of the future omega-3s supply picture, according to Adam Ismail, executive director of the Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). 

Marine sources of omega 3s supply something more than 500,000 tons annually of oils rich in EPA and DHA, Ismail said.  But that supply is more or less fixed;  and the world will need from 650,000 tons up to more than 2 million tons per annum—depending on where the intake recommendations are set—to meet the demand.

So all sources will need to be developed, Ismail said, including plant sources that have been genetically modified to yield the intermediate fatty acid SDA (Monsanto's GMO soybean source) or EPA or DHA directly, of which there are a number under development.

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GOED Gone Wrong

Posted by David Wolfson, ND,

I used to respect GOED for setting high standards for fish oil quality. They just completely lost that respect by promoting the use of GMO crops. It's a sad day when representatives of the health food and nutritional supplement industrie get into bed with Monsanto and their ilk. Adam, you're going to do irreparable damage to GOED if you don't reverse course.

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GMO-part of omega 3 oils?

Posted by Harry,

Not for me I value my health more than that.
I can easily verify.

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Posted by aldinha,

I refuse to buy anything that is even suspected of GMO”s . We should protect ourselves and our families.
Stop GMO”S!!!! now. Read the labels and analyze the contents. No corn , soy, alfalfa or cotton seed.
Let’s go back to the origins as God intend to.

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