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The USDA may deregulate the world’s first genetically engineered industrial crop without a full Environmental Impact Study, relying instead on an incomplete Environmental Assessment from the creator, Syngenta.
Opponents say releasing ‘Event 3272′ into the environment poses unacceptable risks to humans due to an exotic enzyme that could trigger allergic reactions.
Syngenta’s ‘Event 3272′ contains a form of alpha amylase, an enzyme derived from microorganisms that live near deep sea hydrothermal vents. The enzyme is produced at extremely high levels in the corn kernels and has no history of safe use for humans.
Microbially produced alpha-amylases are commonly used commercially in the starch-processing step during corn dry-grind and wet milling processing for ethanol production. Syngenta’s concept for its engineered corn, designated as transformation Event 3272, is that the grain will serve as the source of amylase enzyme in the dry-grind ethanol process, replacing the addition of microbially produced enzyme.
The Event 3272 grain expressing the alpha-amylase enzyme will be mixed with conventional corn at the processing plant. The modified seeds don’t increase the yield, they just make the grain easier to process. In describing the work in 2002, Syngenta estimated that the high-amylase seeds could cut production costs by 10%.
Researchers find GM pollen cross-pollinated non-GM plants at 21 km and predict much worse. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
During extensive greenhouse and laboratory testing, glyphosate-tolerant progeny of non-GM test plants were found up to 21 km from the GM fields.
This was consistent with the model of wind direction and speed, which showed movement of pollen up to 15 km from the GM fields by the first hour; and maximum travel distances increased to 40 and 50 km after two and three hours respectively.
New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?
Regulators around the world said Monsanto’s GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.
It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.
The GE corn research
Austrian scientists fed mice over a course of 20 weeks a mixture of 33 percent Monsanto GE corn (NK 603 x MON 810) and non-GE corn.
These mice gave birth to less babies and lighter babies in their third and fourth litters. Mice fed on non-GE corn had babies as normal.
These differences are statistically significant.
Monsanto’s GE corn hurts mouse reproduction. So what is it doing to human reproduction?
Considering the severity of the potential threat, Greenpeace is demanding a recall of genetically-engineered food and crops from the global market.