posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 06:21 PM
Monsanto and ArborGen set their sights on GM trees and grasses
What's wrong with out trees?
Can't we just leave nature alone for once?
Not satisfied to own or control our food crops, Monsanto and its spinoff ArborGen have also set their sights on genetically modified trees and
grasses. Despite a groundswell of objections by scientists and activists, the USDA has turned a deaf ear to their concerns and has instead aided and
abetted Monsanto's plans.
Talk about bought and infiltrated huh?
In recent years, Monsanto and ArborGen have been developing GM trees including trees modified to withstand Monsanto's Roundup, trees designed with
a reduced lignin content to appeal to paper making and construction industries (lignin gives trees their strength and rigidity) and "terminator trees"
which don't produce seeds. In Hawaii, there has already been a contamination issue with GM papaya - the world's first commercially planted genetically
Why are we cutting down the things that provide us with our much needed oxygen, for paper?
You know that thingy when you paint it green and put a presidents face on it, suddenly has value.
Yes that one.
We should use hemp for paper.
I wonder what problems this will cause, since their roundup has been killing of bees in massive numbers.
One of the GM trees currently being readied planting is GM Eucalyptus, despite numerous unresolved and unstudied concerns such as:
*Cryptococcus neoformans gattii, a yeast pathogen hosted by a variety of Eucalyptus species. It causes systemic fungal infections in humans,
leading to fungal meningitis and death.
*Cold tolerance C-Repeat Binding Factor (CBF) genes such as those found in transgenic Eucalyptus trees that have been associated with stunted growth
and production in potatoes. CBF gene modification produces highly pleiotropic effects but there does not appear to have been any investigation on the
production of unintended metabolites, proteins, or nuclei acids in the modified trees.
*Transgenes, such as the ones involved in the Agrobacterium vector used in creating the transgenic trees, which can enlarge their host range to infect
other species and exchange genes with them through hormones produced at the site of plant wounds.
*As reported by MSNBC and PLoS Pathogens, a new strain of a deadly fungus, Cryptococcus gattii, that has been causing fatal human illnesses throughout
the Pacific Northwest. The fungus, which is known to grow on eucalyptus trees, has killed 40 out of 220 people infected throughout the region. The
reduced lignin in GM eucalyptus has raised concerns that the trees could be more susceptible to infection.
*Pollen from GM Eucalyptus trees can travel almost twice as far as the ArboGen application stated. Pollen from other GM trees can travel for over 40
This powerhungry monster that is called Monsanto should be stopped people, how much are we going to let them take?
Soon our whole world will be genetically modified....
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