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:

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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