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Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

It appears the process they are talking about for sourcing the milk protein is similar to the process used for sourcing insulin. In that case, using "gasp" genetic engineering, they took the genetic information from human genes that code for the production of insulin, and inserted it into a bacterial host to cause the bacteria to produce insulin. Thousands now have access to an abundant, affordable source of insulin as an alternative to having to extract it from the pancreas of slaughtered animals. Not only is the new source less expensive, but it is safer. The old insulin was effectively substituting bovine insulin for human insulin (although processes were available to minimize differences) which was not entirely efficient in the human metabolism and presented the risk of triggering sensitivities in some users. Also, the process for collecting it and purifying could not exclude the possibility that some pathogenic contaminants and other livestock hormones didn't stowaway in the final product diabetics injected. Similar situation for rabies vaccinations - less expensive and more pure source that is safer for your dog than the source of vaccine it replaces.

In the case of insulin, there is no "gmo insulin" -- there is no mysterious gmoness quality infused into the insulin. It is in fact identical to the insulin in every material way to that our own bodies produce, and at any rate far more identical than insulin extracted from animal organs. Its about like saying that if I prepare bread dough in my kitchen but bake it my neighbor's oven, that the bread is "neighbor bread" which is something different than bread.

Not sure I would buy the cheese products or home kits as I have no ethical issues with cheese made from milk collected straight from the cow. But I would have absolutely no fear in trying it because it was gmo, and if price and taste were favorable, might change my mind. But please, don't deny diabetics and our pets access to more affordable, safer insulin and rabies vaccines, and for that matter vegetarians a source of guilt-free cheese, because of some need to impose dogmatic fear of the gmo boogeyman.

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Posted by Rick Leonard on 07/11/2014 at 12:53 PM

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