Brit. Facts about GM foods, archive 455
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Given that at least some of these facts aren't true, I have wonder
about the truth of the others!
>INDEPENDENT (London) November 30, 1998
>THE BAD NEWS.....
>Seeds genetically engineered to kill bad pests may kill the good
>too, eg: potatoes which were engineered to kill aphids also killed
As I have said often on this server, these plants were experimental and
have little chance of every becoming crops.
>In the US, . 1 million acres of GM cotton which was supposed to be
>bollworm was destroyed - by bollworm in 1996.
This is laughably not true; one million acres would have been most or
all of the crop!
>In Nebraska, cattle farmers faced a crisis when their cows stopped
>grazing because their corn fields had been growing GM corn and they
>like the taste.
I'd like to see where this comes from; generally (and certainly in
Nebraska) you don't graze corn with cattle or anything else!
> In the US a
>disease called EMS was eventually linked to a food supplement derived
>from genetically-modified bacteria. But, 36 people had dead and 1,500
Wrong again? Has anyone bothered to follow-up on the following posting
from some months ago?
<fontfamily><param>Helvetica</param><bigger><bigger>>From: Shane Morris
>Date: Wed, 2 Sep 1998 12:04:09 +0100
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>This is interesting! Any comments anyone?
>University of Limerick
> REMADE FOOD SUPPLEMENT AS BAD AS BANNED ORIGINAL A
> reformulated food supplement could contain harmful
> contaminents similar to those found in an earlier banned
> version of the product, according to US researchers. L-
> trytophan, a naturally occurring amino acid, was banned in
> 1990 after the product was linked to a Japanese outbreak of a
> rare blood disease called eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS).
> The outbreak affected 1,500 people and killed 30. Studies of
> the product, which was promoted as a sleep and diet aid,
> revealed it contained an unidentified contaminant nicknamed
> 'peak X'. Scientists could not determine whether the
> contaminant, or L-trytophan, or a combination of the two
> caused the disease. Several manufacturers have since
> reformulated the product into brands containing 5-hydroxy-L-
> trytophan. The product is widely available over-the-counter in
> the US. Stephen Naylor and Gerald Gleich at the Mayo Clinic in
> Minnesota examined six brands for traces of the original
> contaminant. All six showed the 'peak X' signature, they said
> on Monday 31 August. The levels varied between 3-15% of those
> observed in a test on the original product. Gleich said they
> were not aware of the new formulations being associated with
> any outbreaks of EMS, but said the 'potential was there.' The
> Food and Drug Administration said it had confirmed Naylor and
> Gleich's findings, which are published in the September issue
> of the journal Nature Medicine. </bigger></bigger></fontfamily>
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