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.