I was reading on the internet again, seems that I spend a rather inordinate amount of time on this modern miracle lately. I mean it does contain a lot of extremely interesting information, and I just can't keep up with all of it, but I do try. Also a lot of jokes, and no where near enough time or desire to view all of that. But, I did find this interesting article in the newspaper "Canada" and thought I would show it to anyone that follows my blog. I did edit it some, and just to let you know, he mentions this very cool site, nice to view if you have a half an hour. (GMO Myths)
Genetic Engineering technology was first invented in 1973, it is 40
years old, and it relies on a hypothesis established 70 years ago, the
one gene one protein hypothesis.
Each gene codes for one protein.
So if you insert a gene, you expect one protein to be produced. This
hypothesis was blown out of the water in 2002 when the Human Genome
Project was completed, and we discovered that our genome has just under
25,000 genes, while our bodies function with approximately 100,000
proteins. It does not add up. A genome, we learned, is a complex
ecosystem under much influence from the environment.
We now know
that each gene of a genome makes many proteins according to
environmental cues. And since the Human Genome Project we know that
genetic engineering creates rogue proteins, and some of them can be
allergenic or toxic. Inserting a transgene into a genome and expecting
only a single protein and nothing else, is corporate fallacy.
Genetic pollution is so prevalent in North and South America where GM
crops are grown that the fields of conventional and organic grower are
regularly contaminated with engineered pollen and losing certification.
canola and flax export markets from Canada to Europe (a few hundreds of
millions of dollars) were lost because of genetic pollution. Did I
mention superweeds? That's when RoundUp crops pass their genes on to
RoundUp Resistant weeds.
Apparently over 50% of fields planted to
GMOs in the USA are now infested and the growers have to use other toxic
herbicides such as 2-4 D. For those of you too young to remember, that
was Agent Orange in the Vietnam war. The transgenes are also transferred
to soil bacteria. A Chinese study published last year shows that an
ampicillin resistance transgene was transferred from local engineered
crops to soil bacteria, that eventually found their way into the rivers.
The transgenes are also transferred to humans. Volunteers who ate
engineered soybeans had undigested DNA in their intestine and their
bacterial flora was expressing the transgenes. This is genetic pollution
to the extreme, particularly when antibiotic resistance genes are
spread that way.
In 2009 the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for a
moratorium of GM foods, safety testing and label-ing. Their review of
the available literature at the time noted that animals fed GMOs showed
serious health risks including infertility, immune dysregulation,
accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol
synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation,
and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.
US Food and Drug Administration waived all levels of safety testing in
1996 before approving the commercialization of these crops. Nothing more
than voluntary research is necessary, and the FDA does not even want to
see the results. And there is certainly no need to publish any of it.
If you remember 1996, the year that the first crops were commercialized,
the research scientists of the US FDA all predicted that transgenic
crops would have unpredictable hard to detect side effects, allergens,
toxins, nutritional effects, new diseases. That was published in 2004 in
Biotechnology. I know well that Canada does not perform long term
feeding studies as they do in Europe. The only study I am aware of from
Canada is from the Sherbrooke Hospital in 2011, when doctors found that
93% of pregnant women and 82% of the unborn tested had the protein
pesticide in their blood. This is a protein recognized in its many forms
as mildly to severely allergenic.
One argument I hear repeatedly is that nobody has ever been sick
after a meal or a trillion meals of GM food. Nobody gets ill from
smocking a pack of cigarette either. But it sure adds up, and we did not
know that in the 1950s before we started our wave of epidemics of
cancer. Except this time it is not about a bit of smoke, it's the whole
food system that is of concern. The corporate interest must be
subordinated to the public interest, and the policy of substantial
equivalence must be scrapped as it is clearly untrue.
Dr. Thierry Vrain Courtenay