[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: transgenic wheat born to pollute
Thank you Kathyrn Marsh for the valuable comments. You dealt with a
problem pointed out by Percy Schmieser when he was accused by
Monsanto of planting pirate GM canola.The Saskatchewan court stupidly
refused to consider such pollution by GM canola, later an appeal court
made up of three Saskatchewan judges (three judges are needed to strive
for a full wit decision) again refused to accept the idea GM pollution.
In Canada it appears that the US corporations, the government and the
courts blindly promote the rapid dispersal by pollution of the GM
Kathryn Marsh wrote:
At 10:50 07/03/2003 -0800, you wrote:
Thank you for this.
And then there's the issue of stray wheat berries dropped here and there
during harvest, hidden within the workings of combines, dropped out of
transport trucks, etc.
It's probably too late already.
We are fortunate in Ireland and the UK that this particular vector is
less available to transgenic crops. I don't remember Joe Cummins
it - maybe I missed it Joe, in which case I apologise - but the
accidental spread in the US and Canada is heavily influenced by the fact
that crops are grown right up to the roadway, as against the hedges and
grass verges this side of the atlantic. This means that seed spilled
transport goes straight back into the fields. Here the odds are that any
germinating transgenic crop will be smothered by other vegetation. Though
nothing is going to protect against accidental mixing at grain merchants