One of my only complaints of this project is that I wish I could choose which program to use. I wish I could use InDesign, because I felt almost handicapped in photoshop. However, I did improve my photoshop skills.
I am not completely happy with my project but i’m not sure why. I don’t think I like the fact that it’s text-based. I’ve felt the same way about my last two projects. I don’t know what it is, but I do not like them.
I really liked how this project was audience based because it allowed me to head in a certain direction.
Just wait kids, the best is yet to come. My upcoming information graphic will feature tons of cool (and shocking) information on GMO’s.
- A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.
- As many as 60 to 70 percent of all foods sold in U.S. supermarkets may contain some genetically modified foods,
- most of the studies have been done on animals; worryingly, though, some of those studies link GM foods to altered metabolism, inflammation, kidney and liver malfunction, and reduced fertility. In one experiment, multiple generations of hamsters were fed a diet of GM soy; by the third generation, they were losing the ability to produce offspring, producing about half as many pups as the non-GM soy group.
- allergy sufferers worry that, as genes are transferred between plants, allergenic proteins (from, say, peanuts or wheat) will pop up in unexpected places (like soy or sugar).
- Children face the greatest risk from the potential dangers of GM foods for the same reasons they face the greatest risk from other hazards like pesticides and radiation, these include:
Young, fast-developing bodies are influenced most.
Children are more susceptible to allergies.
Children are more susceptible to problems with milk.
Children are more susceptible to nutritional problems.
Children are in danger from antibiotic resistant diseases.
- CHILDREN* Among the potential side effects are changes in soy’s natural estrogen mimickers, which may influence sexual development.
- The milk contains increased amounts of hormones and antibiotics and an altered nutritional content. According to a discussion paper on the public health implications of rbGH, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, an “infant would be exposed to a dose of IGF-1, which was 12.5 times the recommended minimum.”
- Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and an expert on the health effects of rbGH, says that risks of high exposure to IGF-1 are “of particular concern … to infants and children in view of their high susceptibility to cancer-causing products and chemicals.” He also suggests that regular exposure might promote “premature growth stimulation in infants, gynecomastia [development of abnormally large breasts on males] in young children.”
- Soy allergies jumped 50% in the U.K. just after GM soy was introduced.2 If GM soy was the cause, it may be due to several things. The GM protein that makes Roundup Ready Soy resistant to the herbicide does not have a history of safe use in humans and may be an allergen. In fact, sections of its amino acid sequence are identical to known allergens.3
- Research states that GM corn taused major tumors in rats http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-says-genetically-modified-corn-causes-tumors-but-other-scientists-skeptical-about-research/
- Gluten-related disorders are commonly accompanied by and possibly triggered by intestinal permeability, which is commonly referred to as “leaky gut.” Leaky gut occurs when gaps form between intestinal cells and large particles from the digestive tract enter the bloodstream, potentially triggering immune or allergic reactions. The Bt-toxin produced by genetically modified corn kills insects by punching holes in their digestive tracts, and a 2012 study confirmed that it punctures holes in human cells as well. Bt-toxin is present in every kernel of Bt corn, survives human digestion, and has been detected in the blood of 93% of pregnant women tested and 80% of their unborn fetuses.
- There is an iPhoneapp: ShopNoGMO.
- Corn tortillas, and other ingredients derived from corn. A recent analysis of research suggests that Bt-toxin, glyphosate, and other components of GMOs, are linked to five conditions that may either initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders:
- Most common GMOs: sugar beets, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, squash, golden rice, soybeans, oils, salmon
- GMOs allow crops to be grown in environments where they could not be otherwise (Graphic idea: corn field in a snowy or tropical environment)
- GMOS can result in foods with higher nutritional value, one example being much higher amounts of vitamin A contained in genetically modified rice which is expected to be legal in many countries within a few years
- Intestinal permeability
- Imbalanced gut bacteria
- Immune activation and allergies
- Impaired digestion
- Damage to the intestinal wall
- 35+ countries label GMO’s No GMO labeling or testing is currently required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which limits consumers’ knowledge of whether their food was bioengineered. 50 countries require GMO labeling. California has Proposition 37 aiming to get GMO labels required (BIG DEAL)
My next information design project will consist of a process. Any process. Any process at all. How exciting! So i’m narrowed it down to a few things.
#1 The treatment of organic produce vs. regular produce. This would have to be lad out in a playful line chart, rectangular manner.
#2 GMO’s. (Broad, yes.) I would focus my graphic on how they’re used, the process of how it is used. Then, from there I would stem off of the process and tell why.
We will see how critique goes!