Maybe There Actually Is A Reason To Go Slow on GMO Foods

Interesting article about Caius Rommens, one of the original creators of genetically modified organisms. He has changed his position and says that there are actually serious grounds for concern, unlike the nonsense being peddled by some anti-vaxers and vegans.

The way I understand it, he says that when researchers like himself changed a gene inside a potato in order to reduce bruising, that change means that certain complicated pathways de-activate certain cellular processes in the potato — but also IN US. If they add in genes that produce poisons that are toxic to nematodes or other soil organisms, well, that is often poisonous to us as well.

Before we put these on the market in a big way, we should have checked all that stuff out beforehand. Here is the link:

https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/gmo-potato-scientific-founder-says-gmo-potatos-are-a-pandoras-box-of-troubles/

Even more interesting is the review of Rommens’ book at Amazon, which is apparently no longer for sale:

-THIS BOOK HAS SERVED ITS FUNCTION AND IS RETIRED- GMO potatoes are quietly entering the market place with innocuous names such as Innate, White, and Hibernate. They are suggested to have maintained all the original traits of normal potatoes and to have gained three new traits: enhanced disease resistance, enhanced uniformity, and enhanced healthiness. However, the reality is different. As a crop, the potatoes contain genetically unstable traits, two of which appear to have been lost already (or are in the process of being lost), suffer a significant yield drag and reduction in size profile, conceal bruises and potentially spread diseases, may be grown and stored in ways that maximize disease and pest pressures, and were developed through an act of biopiracy. As a processed food, they lost the sensory attributes that make normal potato foods so attractive, and they are also likely to contain new toxins. If it were up to me, the creator of these potatoes, I would call them Pandora’s Potatoes. They are the worst GMOs ever commercialized.

 

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  1. Here is more from Rommens, quoted from

    https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/hidden-health-dangers-gmos

    “we had silenced three of potato’s most conserved genes, assuming that the three genetic changes would each have one effect only. It was a ludicrous assumption because all gene functions are interconnected. Each change had indeed caused a ripple effect. It should have been clear to me that silencing the ‘melanin gene’ PPO would have numerous effects, including an impairment of potatoes’ natural stress-tolerance response. Similarly, asparagine and glucose are among the most basic compounds of a plant, so why did I believe I could silence the ASN and INV genes involved in the formation of these compounds? And why did nobody question me?

    Another strange assumption was that I had felt able to predict the absence of unintentional long-term effects on the basis of short-term experiments. It was the same assumption that chemists had used when they commercialized DDT, Agent Orange, PCBs, rGBH, and so on.

    The GMO varieties I created are currently released under innocuous names, such as Innate, Hibernate, and White Russet. They are described as better and easier-to-use than normal potatoes and to contain fewer bruises, but the reality is different. The GMO potatoes are likely to accumulate at least two toxins that are absent in normal potatoes, and newer versions (Innate 2.0) additionally lost their sensory qualities when fried. Furthermore, the GMO potatoes contain at least as many bruises as normal potatoes, but these undesirable bruises are now concealed.

    There are many more issues, and some of them could have been identified earlier if they had not been covered-up by misleading statistics in the petitions for deregulation. How could I have missed the issues? How could I have trusted the statisticians? How could the USDA have trusted them? My re-evaluation of the data clearly shows that the GMO varieties are seriously compromised in their yield potential and in their ability to produce normal tubers.”

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  2. Nothing will stop the producers of GMOs. They will lie, bribe, cheat, do anything to win.

    Wherever money is concerned, those that worship at the alter of avarice put money above all else. Human life is like grains of sand to them.

    For instance, we still have tobacco out there for sale.

    We still have McDonald’s and the rest of the fast food industry.

    We still have sugar laden sodas.

    We still fight wars in countries that will never be a threat to our country.

    This list is long …

    The only way to end this march of greed is to make greed a crime with a death sentence. Commit any crime to make money, once found guilty, the death sentence must be automatic and on the spot.

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