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Re: production of human growth hormone in canola, soy and corn
Hello Mike Miller,
Thanks for the interesting comments.
You ask, why the canadian food inspection agency (CFIA) and USDA think
that the pollen from the transgenic biopharmaceutical constructions will
be spread less rapidly than food GM crops? Both CFIA and USDA have
cloaked the field test and production of transgenic biopharmaceuticals
in secrecy. The testing is designated confidential business information
(CBI) as any risk analysis they may have done. There is no reasonable
way to find out what or whether the agencies were thinking. Both
agencies seem to assume that 1% or 2% crop contamination will be
acceptable even though the reasoning is the thoughts of chemists not
geneticists.A transgenic plant may produce many toxic seeds that will
injured a browser that feeds on that plant. Transgenic plants will form
clusters in the fields making hot spots of polluted seeds. Genes like
hirudin may provide selection advantage against browsing pests and
become rapidly enriched in the crop. In general the effects of chronic
feeding of low-level hirudin or human growth hormone have not been
studied but should be avoided. What I am saying is that CFIA and USDA
seem to have felt that we will passively and submissively accept
whatever risks they deem we should take to make biopharmaceutical
Using biopharmaceuticals as weapons of bioterrorism seems very likely.
Hirudin that may cause delayed internal bleeding seems like an
interesting prospect. On the other hand human growth hormone might have
us looking like Arnold, even the girls.
Regarding tracing the biopharmaceutical contaminated food crops,it is
technically within reach to use techniques such as PCR and ELISA to
detect the genes and their products. The main problem is CBI, our
governments in North America prefer to keep us in the dark about the
field tests and production of biopharmaceuticals. To them a few
fatalities amy be an acceptable risk so long as they are not caught out.
Even with full publicity of the corn pollution with a CBI genes the
bureaucrats in USDA refuse to divulge the nature of the genes and their
products , they require that we passively and submissively accept their
dictates about crops. Personally, I absolutely believe that the safety
assurances of CFIA and USDA are hollow and meaningless because the
agencies ignore conflicts of interest and are biased regarding the
transgenic products. WE should demand that the CFIA and USDA
bureaucracies be replaced with independent agencies acting on behalf of
Others may have good ideas on shedding light on dim bureaucrats but my
preference is to just replace them.
Mike Miller wrote:
I have several, sometimes rethorical, questions that consumer may want to ask
related to this topic. I am asking about Canola specifically but the ideas
applies to other food crops used for pharaceutial production as well.
We know it took a lot less time for triple herbicide resistant canola and
related weeds to show up than was originally thought. Any ideas as to why
Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the FDA/USDA now thinks that the pollen
containing these new gmo constructs will somehow be any less rapidly spread
Has anyone considered the potential consequences if a group that wishes us
ill got ahold of the seeds for these pharaceutical crops and deliberated
contaminated the fields where food canola is grown?
It is not like you can keep an eye on a several thousand acre field all the
time. If the gumshoes from Monsanto can slip into farmers fields, then a
terrorist can do the same.
How will we know if the canola oil we buy at the store is contaminated with
the blood thinner, hirudin or some other gm product? Are they going to
inspect the output from all the processing plants for each and every drug or
hormone being grown?
Has anyone considered the effect of the unintended stacking of these various
genes all in the same contaminated plant by Mother Nature?
It seems there are some issues that should have been addressed with the
public before releasing this stuff into food crops. Olive oil anyone? They
haven't gm'ed that yet.
On Saturday 16 November 2002 08:12, you wrote:
The patent application below is for the production of animal growth
hormones in canola and other crops. Bovine growth hormone is used
extensively in USA to increase milk production while human growth
hormone has both legal and illegal applications (in body building).
Currently the blood coagulation drug, hirudin, is reported to be being
produced in western canada canola farms. Hirudin will cause internal
bleeding in many instances and should be designated a dangerous pollutant.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has allowed commercial production of
hirudin with little or no public awareness or input. Development of
growth hormone production is likely to equally secretive.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency seems to be more a coconspirator
than regulator. No effort seems to have been made to evaluate the
impact of biopharmaceuticals on food production and to look for food
contamination with a deadly drug. Pollution with growth hormone genes
could devastate canadian food production.
United States Patent Application 20020100073
Kind Code A1
Moloney, Maurice M. ; et al. July 25, 2002