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GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)

Manipulated Facts

Genes aren't the only things being engineered by the biotech companies.

By George Monbiot.

Published in the Guardian

April 5, 2001

On the evening of March 27th, six anti-genetics protestors knocked at the door of a farmer called Jeremy Courtney. They had come to plead with him not to allow his fields, in East Hoathly in Sussex, to be used for a government trial of genetically modified rape. The farmer was out, but his wife said she would pass on their concerns. The protestors went home.

Gene Researchers Create Malaria-Resistant Mosquito

Wed May 22, 2002

By Charnicia Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A team of German and American researchers have used genetic engineering techniques to develop mosquitoes with a severely impaired ability to transmit malaria--at least to mice, new study findings show.

The research is a "first step in the right direction" towards combating malaria in humans, study author Dr. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio told Reuters Health.

Has Science Compromised Science?

Once again, the journal Science has allowed a private company to publish a scientific paper in its pages while withholding data from public view for commercial reasons. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports.

Just as Celera got away with denying public access to its human genome data, Syngenta too, is refusing to deposit its rice sequence data in the public database GenBank. Instead, Syngenta is making the data available through its own website (tmri.org) or on a CD-ROM.

Green Group Rejects U.S. Govt Report on Starlink Corn

By Randy Fabi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental groups on Thursday said a US government report that found no link between StarLink biotech corn and human allergy cases was flawed and inconclusive, while farm groups said the findings would do little to win back foreign customers.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday blood tests of 17 people who had reported suffering allergic reactions failed to show any signs of antibodies to StarLink's key component, the Cry9c protein.

GM Food Industry Searches for Health, Happiness

By Elizabeth Piper

LONDON (Reuters) - One bite of a genetically modified apple and you're svelte and happy.

Two bites of a GM peach and your thighs are toned -- and then maybe, just maybe, British consumers will buy biotech food.

The need for something to turn the public's fears of the new technology into love is felt strongly by industry proponents -- increasingly depressed that the British still shun GM foods.

US Watchdog Group Assails Genetic Field Testing

BOSTON (Reuters) - A consumer watchdog group on Thursday accused the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) of rubber-stamping approval of field tests of genetically engineered crops some believe could harm people and the environment.

``Our environment is serving as the laboratory for widespread experimentation of genetically engineered organisms with profound risks that, once released, can never be recalled,"" the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) said in a 98-page report called ``Raising Risk.""

Astonishing Denial of Transgenic Pollution

ISIS Report, 8 April 2002.

Top scientific journal Nature retracted a paper on transgenic pollution of Mexican landraces under pressure from pro-biotech scientists, but the authors stand by their conclusions, now firmed up by new data. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho exposes the real agenda behind the continuing attempt to confuse the public, and the significance of the scientific findings for biosafety.

Food Experts Set Blueprint to Gauge Biotech Risks

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By David Brough

ROME (Reuters) - International food experts agreed on a blueprint on Friday to assess safety risks of genetically modified (GM) foods, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

A task force of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, meeting in Yokohama, Japan, drew up recommendations for evaluating the safety of foods derived from biotechnology, said Selma Doyran, a Rome-based FAO food safety officer.

GM Genetically Modified Foods

Harvest of Fear a Nova Frontline Special Report

GM Genetically Modified Foods

A gene from a jellyfish is placed in a potato plant, making it light up whenever it needs watering. Rice plants are genetically transformed to produce vitamin A, preventing millions of African children from going blind. Crops are engineered so that they can grow in aluminum contaminated soil. Plants are modified to produce plastic or pharmaceuticals.