Even I, Sleuth 4 Health, am sometimes tempted to admit that, well maybe GMOs aren’t ALL bad. Am I rushing to judgement? Do I really know enough to be so dogmatic about this topic? Then I usually run across an article reporting on some new study, some new finding. Below are excerpts from just such an article and just such a study. I continue to be impressed that most of the really good research about GMOs seems to be going on in the UK.
Excerpts from Dailymail.co.uk..Written by Sean Coulter, Consumer Affairs Editor
Pete Riley, director of the UK campaigning group, GM Freeze, said the discovery of (a new potentially hazardous gene), ‘totally undermines claims that GM technology is safe, precise and predictable’.
He said: ‘This is a clear warning the GM is not sufficiently understood to be considered safe. ‘Authorisation for these crops must be suspended immediately, and they should be withdrawn from sale, until a full and extended review of their safety has been carried out.’
Typically, GM crops are modified in the laboratory to give them resistance to being sprayed with powerful weed killers such as Monsanto’s Round-up.
This means that, in theory, fields can be doused with the chemical, so wiping out the weeds and allowing the food plants to thrive.
The modification process involves inserting genes into the plants using a technique that allows them to piggyback on viruses that are commonly found in the soil and plants.
It has been assumed that virus genes are not present in the plant once it is grown in the field and reaches consumers, however it is now clear that this is not the case.
A review of the EFSA research in Independent Science News said the presence of the viral gene appears to have been missed by biotech companies, universities and government regulators.
‘This situation represents a complete and catastrophic system failure,’ it said. ‘There are clear indications that this viral gene might not be safe for human consumption. It also may disturb the normal functioning of crops, including their natural pest resistance.
‘A reasonable concern is that the protein produced by (the gene, called gene VI) might be a human toxin. This is a question that can only be answered by future experiments.’