March 16, 2007
by: jovial_cynic
In the horror of horrors section of this site, I reported on Ventria's modified rice, which contains human genes.

As freaky as that sounds, the insertion of human genes, by itself, may not be a problem. The problem is in the unpredictable nature in which new genes react with the host organism. In the case of Monsanto's genetically modified crop of maize, it turns out that a particular batch is toxic, damaging the liver and kidney functions.

Greenpeace said a study it had commissioned that was published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Technology showed rats fed for 90 days on Monsanto's MON863 maize showed "signs of toxicity" in the liver and kidneys.

Campaigners against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) say that genetic modification technology is unproven and potentially dangerous and that GMO crops can contaminate other crops.

Here are some links to supporting documents, produced by Greenpeace:

A Chronicle of Systematic Deception (PDF)
Regulatory Systems for GE Crops a Failure (PDF)

While Greenpeace has been branded as a terrorist organization in some countries, their work towards keeping the food supply safe is critical. Corporations like Monsanto don't seem to be responsible or trustworthy enough to take care of it themselves.

The risk isn't just about GM crops entering the food supply. It's about them entering the environment. What's keeping the GM maize from cross-pollinating with natural maize, infecting the world's supply? Maybe Montsanto should be called a terrorist organization.
np category: politics


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