Friday, June 03, 2011

Rat Genes in Lettuce and Moth Genes in Apples...These Are a Few of My Favorite Things.

In May, 2002, National Geographic magazine reported on the "brave new world of genetic engineering." In the article, plant biochemist, Dean DellaPenna, envisioned fruits and vegetables delivering vaccines and "vegetable so loaded with therapeutic ingredients that doctors 'prescribe' them for patients". At the time of this article, scientists were working on an "apple that could vaccinate children against a virus that is the leading cause of childhood pneumonia". And, another group of scientists were inserting "genes into cows and sheep so that the animals will produce pharmaceuticals in their milk".

So, what's the big deal? Well, for the first time in history, scientists are using irradiation and mutagenic chemicals to transfer genes between species that are not related at all.  For instance, they can - and have - take  a gene from a rat and implant  it into lettuce...or moth genes into apples...or spider genes into goat's milk...or salmon genes into tomatoes...or the genes of moths and bees into potatoes...or silkworms into grapes...These are a few of my favorite things!

Some crops are engineered to make their own insecticide that is said to be lethal to insects, but harmless to humans.  Really? How did they discover that this is the case in such a short period of time?  
The general population is, mostly, unaware that they've been eating genetically modified foods since the mid-1990s. As of 2002, 60% of all processed foods on US supermarket shelves contained ingredients from engineered foods. Nine years later, that percentage is close to 100%!

Fast forward fifteen years, and amidst the strange devastating weather patterns that are beginning to take hold,  strange new diseases are developing, and the number of people diagnosed with established medical conditions, such as diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, just to name a few, are exploding.  
In the U.S. alone, 105 million people have Diabetes or prediabetes according to the CDC. By the year 2019,  Morningstar projects the Diabetes market, alone, will grow to over $55 billion! 
E-coli and E-coli 0157

Are scientists genetically modifying natural strains of bacteria into faster growing super-toxic E-coli strains? So, Novartis and Phizer can market new vaccines?

Back in the day, most strains of E-coli, were a harmless part of the normal flora of the gut. In fact, natural E-coli benefits the hosts by producing vitamin K2, and by preventing the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine. However, it was found that this bacterium is grown so easily, and its genetics so simple and easily manipulated or duplicated through a process of metagenics, that it's one of the most important species used in genetic engineering.

Analysis of the genome sequence of the strain of E. coli responsible for the deadly outbreak in Germany revealed that it is "an entirely new super-toxic E. coli strain."  As e-coli is to biowarfare as peanut butter is to jelly, it's not so farfetched to wonder if this could be a mutated, developed killer bacteria, created in a lab.

Whatever the cause, the outcome is predictable. More laws and regulations. More genetic engineering. More vaccines. More pharmaceuticals. And most of all, more profit for the pharmaceutical and agriculture industry, and the military industrial complex.


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