by Denise Caruso ~ December 14, 2011.
Permalink | Filed under: 'Intervention', 21st Century Risk, Hybrid Vigor, Policy and Decisions.
It is five years almost to the day since I published Intervention, my book on genetic engineering and risk. And I am more convinced than ever that everything I wrote about was spot-on. It seems like every week there is a new revelation about harmful consequences of living biotech products in the wild — consequences that were predicted by so-called activists, but totally dismissed by the industry and regulators.
For example, genes from engineered plants do spread, despite industry’s early and repeated declarations that they cannot. One result? Superweeds that now have built-in resistant to several herbicides.
What’s more, insects are adapting quickly to transgenic plants with insecticide genes. In Illinois and Iowa, a new generation of insect larvae feeds on the roots of genetically engineered corn. And in India, the pink bollworm is unaffected by the insecticide growing in the cotton plants it is eating (for which Monsanto blames the farmers).
And it seems that eating transgenic food may not be so harmless after all.
Yet nothing changes. In fact, the Obama administration is supporting the planting of genetically engineered crops in more than 50 national wildlife refuges across the country.
So … I think it’s time for me to start researching a sequel to Intervention, focused on exposing the dangerously cozy relationships between industry and regulators that ignore scientific common sense and put all of us at risk.
But I’m going to need your help — and I’ll send you a gift, or even many gifts, in thanks for your generosity.
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