Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cannabalism anyone? Rice with Human Genes

So people, are we enjoying are guinea pig status?

USDA Backs Production of Rice With Human Genes

The Agriculture Department has given a preliminary green light for the first commercial production of a food crop engineered to contain human genes, reigniting fears that biomedically potent substances in high-tech plants could escape and turn up in other foods.

The plan, confirmed yesterday by the California biotechnology company leading the effort, calls for large-scale cultivation in Kansas of rice that produces human immune system proteins in its seeds.

The proteins are to be extracted for use as an anti-diarrhea medicine and might be added to health foods such as yogurt and granola bars.

Diarrhea is quite easy to recover from and is a very manageable issue, that does not require such an extreme and possibly toxic poisoning of the food resources.

But critics are assailing the effort, saying gene-altered plants inevitably migrate out of their home plots. In this case, they said, that could result in pharmacologically active proteins showing up in the food of unsuspecting consumers.

Although the proteins are not inherently dangerous, there would be little control over the doses people might get exposed to, and some might be allergic to the proteins.

Don't worry, the pharmaceutical companies will make a pill for that!
Or the food controllers will genetically modify some other food to combat any possible contraindications.

Once human babies begin having an increase in disorders or possible deformities, because the simple fact is, no one really knows, no one at all knows or seems to care how these unnecessarily genetically modified organisms will interact with our existing genetics, the genie will be out of the bottle.


  1. Penn, I've said it before and I'll say it again,"There was a reason that I left the Bio tech field when I did". The genie is very close to climbing out of the bottle and once out it will NOT go back. No amount of biochemical or genetic engineering will bring life back to what it once was and should have remained, the future for the children will indeed be horrible. As a Biologist I can see no upside to this foolishness.

    Just because one can do a thing does not give license for one to do that thing. Sadly, virtually all of the safeguards have been removed in the field of Biological Engineering. The brakes are off and the hill that we are on is very steep indeed, hang on tight kiddo for you may well live to see the horrors that are about to be unleashed upon this planet and if not you, your children, and that my Dear is a guarantee.

  2. Hey Silv, I know, I know, and it is so maddening and sick and sad that more people are not aware, do not bother to try to enlighten themselves on how our bodies interact with our foods.
    To the cellular level.
    But, then if people really did would they shove that fast food slop into their faces at the rates they do?

    Every time I see a story like this, I think what is it going to take people, what is it going to take?

    Sometimes, when out in the public, I look at the faces and I think my god, you people are automatons, completely unaware of what is being done to you.

  3. Hi, just wondering if you guys use facebook and have joined the "Millions Against Monsanto Campaign" page. Silverfish, we could really use someone with biotech knowledge to help in our efforts to educate people about gmo's. Please join us. ~tw

  4. Hello anonymous, don't use facebook, this is enough social media for me.

    I can't speak for silverfish.

    I have another news article up on the failure of round-up ready to reduce chemical useage and the creation of superweeds.

    you can find that one here