Much of the U.S. supply of ordinary crop seeds has become contaminated with strands of engineered DNA, suggesting that current methods for segregating gene-altered seed plants from traditional varieties are failing, according to a pilot study released yesterday.
More than two-thirds of 36 conventional corn, soy and canola seed batches contained traces of DNA from genetically engineered crop varieties in lab tests commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Washington-based advocacy group.
The actual amount of foreign DNA present in U.S. seeds appears to be small, and most engineered genes getting into the seed supply are among those that regulators have deemed safe for consumption, the report acknowledges.
But if federal rules and farm practices are not tightened, it concludes, the United States may soon find it impossible to guarantee that any portion of its food supply is free of gene-altered elements, a situation that could seriously disrupt the export of U.S. foods, seeds and oils. Many believe it could also gravely harm the domestic market for organic food -- one of the fastest-growing and more lucrative segments of U.S. agriculture.
One of the most popular traits bred into GM seeds is sterility. The second generation of seeds cant be saved, because they wont grow. Any future seeds will have to be bought at an exorbitant rate from the company who sold you the original seeds.
If those traits get into the general population of plants, the world food supply will be brought to you by Monsanto.
Gee, wonder why Africa didnt want to take live seeds from us?
I remember a lot of local pundits saying that they were being naive and superstitious.
I wonder if a lot of local pundits remember saying that?