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In late 2005, a private research institute in Australia, CSIRO Plant Industry, put a halt on the further development of a genetically modified pea cultivar responsible for causing an immune response in laboratory mice. Opposing sides of the public debate have taken these findings in conflicting directions. Some say the Australian findings confirm the effectiveness of screening processes, while for others, the results only prove that genetically modified plants are too unpredictable to reckon with
...In order to address this problem, scientists at CSIRO took a defence gene from kidney beans and transferred it to peas....
....Initially, long-term laboratory and field tests conducted over several years suggested that the new peas were harmless for humans and animals (excluding the pea weevil). Even independent animal feeding experiments carried out by the Hungarian scientist Arpad Pusztai in 1999 showed no negative effects.
....It was only with the final molecular characterisation of the new protein and further tests on animals that scientists from CSIRO made some unexpected findings. Although the amylase inhibitor gene comes from beans, a close relative of peas, it appears that when made by transgenic peas, the protein is produced slightly differently.
...Humans could potentially have allergic reactions similar to those observed in mice.
Considering that the honey bee has been sequenced, how long before we bear witness to a genetically modified bee? I’ve been saying this since 2008 for the record! Introducing pesticide-resistant SUPER BEE Patent # 2457842149…Apis Melifera may also soon belong to Monsanto. Kill the bees with GM and pesticides, offer a band aid solution by creating a bee that is resistant to all the crap peddled on the market and then persuade/force beekeepers to buy Monsanto bees or else. It’s wicked genius. Surely though, Monsanto and many others would call all of this paranoid phooey.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by LightSpeedDriver
Well I wouldn't want to inject it into my gut at all. And I'm not sure how the in vitro experiment would translate (how would your liver get directly exposed?). But the in vitro experiment showed it's not so much the active ingredient that's the problem. Since glyphosate is now available as a "generic" herbicide, there are other formulations available, from other manufacturers.
Does that make all herbicide manufacturers part of the war on our food supply?
Originally posted by putnamcrab
reply to post by Turq1
People cry out, "Feed the world's children" and when monsanto figure's out how... People cry "foul!"
edit on 30-3-2012 by putnamcrab because: grammer