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Yes, GMO’s are Safe

27 Feb

My son, Nicholas, decided to write an essay about GMO’s for his Language Arts class. I encouraged him to use researched based information or information based on scientific experiments. This is what we found:

dna• Genetic Modified Organisms are plants and animals with changes in their DNA. These changes are made to improve their performance and availability. These genetic changes have been occurring for ten thousand years when farming began.

• Today, nearly all foods have been genetically modified. However, there are only 9 commercially approved GM crops available in the U.S.: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, summer squash, papaya and potatoes. Soon GM apples will be coming to local markets. The nutrition and composition of these crops are the same as non-GMO’s foods. Also, our bodies digest them the same way as non-GM crops.

• These GMO’s do not present any new health risks—they do not cause new allergies, cancer, infertility, ADHD or any other diseases or conditions. Scientific authorities around the world such as the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have examined hundreds of scientific studies. In conclusion, they found that GMO food crops do not pose more risks to people, animals or the environment.

• Before they reach the market, crops from GM seeds are studied extensively to make sure they are safe for people, animals and the environment. Today’s GM products are the most researched and tested agricultural products in history. Global regulatory agencies in seventy countries have reviewed the safety information and found no risks. apples

• In  the United States, GM crops are reviewed by at least 2, and sometimes 3, federal regulatory agencies: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

While Facebook and other social media sites do an excellent job of spreading information, we have to remember that sometimes the information isn’t completely accurate. As with anything, the Extension office recommends using reputable sites and resources when doing research. The Extension office is glad to assist with researched based information for any questions or concerns you may have.


Help us to inform more people about Radon – Ayúdenos a informar a más personas sobre el Radón

21 Jan

January is the Radon Action Month and during this month we educate consumers about Radon, the importance of testing their homes for Radon, and how to fix the high levels of Radon in their homes.

Enero es el mes de Acción Contra el Radón y durante este mes nosotros educamos a los consumidores sobre el Radón, sobre la importancia de realizar la prueba en sus casas, y sobre cómo disminuir los altos niveles de Radón en sus hogares.

Please help us to spread the word about this dangerous gas. These are some facts that you can share about Radon. Por favor ayúdenos a informar a otros sobre este peligroso gas. Aquí le presentamos algunos datos que puede compartir sobre el Radón:

  1. Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that fills your house. El Radón es un gas invisible que llena su casa.
  2. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in most rocks and soil. El Radón es un gas natural que se forma por la descomposición del uranio que se halla en la mayoría de rocas y de tierra.  
  3. The only way to know how much Radon is in your home is testing. Testing should be done at the lowest livable area of your home. La única manera de saber cuánto Radón hay en su casa es realizando la prueba. La prueba debe realizarse en el área habitable más baja de su casa. 
  4. On average, 1 in 15 homes will test at or above the acceptable level of radon gas, which is 4.0 picocuries per liter (4 pCi/L). De 1 a 15 hogares en promedio tendrán resultados aceptables de 4.0 pico curíes por litro de aire (4 pCi/L) o por encima de este.
  5. Breathing high levels of radon over time can cause lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the first leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmoker. Respirar niveles altos de radón por mucho tiempo puede causar cáncer de pulmón. El Radón es la segunda causa principal de cáncer de pulmón y la primera causa de cáncer de pulmón entre los que no fuman.
  6. Having a radon problem in your home is relatively simple to fix. If the test results come back at or above 4 pCi/L, you should fix your home. Radon reduction systems can be put into place by radon mitigation companies to reduce radon levels by up to 99%, and help you greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality. El problema de radón en su casa es fácil de arreglar. Si el resultado de la prueba es de 4 pCi/L o por encima de este valor, usted debe arreglar su casa.images[3] Los sistemas de reducción del Radón pueden ser instalados por compañías de mitigación de radón para reducir los niveles hasta un 99%, y le ayudan a mejorar de gran manera la calidad del aire dentro de su casa.
  7. Remember to test for radon every two years (even if you have a radon reduction system in place) to ensure you and your loved ones are safe. Recuerde realizar la prueba cada dos años (aunque tenga un sistema de reducción de radón instalado) para asegurarse de que usted y sus personas queridas están seguras.
  8. Since radon levels vary from house to house, if your neighbor tests their home and has an acceptable level of radon that does not necessarily mean your home will also test low. Radon test kits may be ordered by going online to www.UGAradon.org. Si su vecino realiza la prueba y tiene niveles aceptables de radón, esto no significa necesariamente que usted tiene niveles bajos de radón en su casa, esto debido a que los niveles de radón varían de casa a casa. Los kits de prueba de Radón se pueden ordenar por internet en www.UGAradon.org
  9. Delaying testing can cause you and your loved ones to continue to breathe dangerous levels of radon, so test your home today! The lower the radon levels in your home, the lower your family’s risk of developing lung cancer. Demorarse en realizar la prueba puede traer como consecuencia que usted y los suyos continúen respirando niveles peligrosos de radón, así que ¡realice la prueba en su casa hoy! Entre más bajo el nivel de radón en su casa, más bajo el riesgo de que su familia desarrolle cáncer de pulmón.


Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer

4 Jan

Breathing air containing high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water.

epa_radon[1]Radon is an environmental health hazard at home. Radon gas typically enters your home through the basement, from cracks in your home’s foundation, dirt floors, floor drains, and pores in block walls. Other sources of radon in the home may include the radon gas in water supply and building materials.

Testing is the best way to know how much Radon is in your home. EPA recommends the following testing steps:

Step 1: Take a short-term test. If your result is 4 pCi/L or higher, take a follow-up test (Step 2) to be sure.

Step 2: Follow up with either a long-term test or a second short-term test:

  • For a better understanding of your year-round average radon level, take a long-term test.
  • If you need results quickly, take a second short-term test.

Step 3: If you followed up with a long-term test: Fix your home if your long-term test result is 4 pCi/L or more. If you followed up with a second short-term test: The higher your short-term results, the more certain you can be that you should fix your home. Consider fixing your home if the average of your first and second test is 4 pCi/L or higher.

How to buy an easy-to-use Radon test kit?

1) Buy a test kit for $13 by mail, visit http://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/radon_test?

2) Visit your local Extension office. Kits are $10.00.

How do I fix a radon problem in my home?

If the radon level in your home is above 4 pCi/L, you should get your home mitigated. Mitigation is the technique used to remove the radon in your home. You should you use a registered mitigator to ensure accurate work. Read more about mitigation at http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C1065

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