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E-M:/ Michigan Farmers are being encouraged to grow GMO Bt Corn and BtPotatoes.
- Subject: E-M:/ Michigan Farmers are being encouraged to grow GMO Bt Corn and BtPotatoes.
- From: Praxis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 08:07:06 -0400
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Michigan State University is actively engaged in developing new GMO crop
plants and animals, Michigan State Extension agents frequently recommend
the use of these plants in their "recommendations" to Michigan farmers, the
very real risks associated with growing these crops are often ignored, trivialized
and sometimes are factually misrepresented. Much more public oversight is
required of MSU and MDA marketing and promotional efforts for pesticides,
pesticide application services and GMO's than is presently in place, which
it is my understanding is none.
Samuel DeFAzio 269-673-2793
Dangerous gene products are incorporated into crops
Bt proteins, incorporated into 25% of all transgenic crops worldwide,
have been found harmful to a range of non-target insects. Some of them are
also potent immunogens and allergens. A team of scientists have cautioned
against releasing Bt crops for human use.
Food crops are increasingly used to produce pharmaceuticals and drugs,
including cytokines known to suppress the immune system, induce sickness
and central nervous system toxicity; interferon alpha, reported to cause
dementia, neurotoxicity and mood and cognitive side effects; vaccines; and
viral sequences such as the ‘spike’ protein gene of the pig coronavirus,
in the same family as the SARS virus linked to the current epidemic. The
glycoprotein gene gp120 of the AIDS virus HIV-1, incorporated into
GM maize as a ‘cheap, edible oral vaccine’, serves as yet another biological
time-bomb, as it can interfere with the immune system and recombine with
viruses and bacteria to generate new and unpredictable pathogens.
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