GM Peas


A long term experiment with genetically modified peas was interrupted in Australia for reasons of safety. The mice that ate these legumes have contracted a lung illness.
According to Thomas Higgins, vice director CSIRO, the State Research Institute, the reaction of the rodents is probably due to the mutation of a protein and could even happen in humans.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) operating in South Australia succeeded in creating a field of pea plants that were practically 100% resistant to insect infestation.
What seemed at first to be success in a ten year project costing millions of dollars, had to be abruptly interrupted after a test involved feeding the peas to mice that then developed inflammation of the lungs.

“The reaction of the mice to the protein could mirror what might occur in the human body” explained Higgins to the broadcaster ABC.
”We don’t have proof that that happens, but there is the possibility that it could happen”, added the state researcher while commenting on the results of the study published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry".

The alarm has put an immediate stop to the project and the researchers are now thinking to destroy all the peas.
You can’t understand who wants GMO products. Nobody can tell us if they will produce medium term effects on our organism.

Yesterday 55.7% of the Swiss said “no” in a referendum to GMO for the next five years and it will be the first nation to export products bearing the wording: “GMO free”.

The employees of the Swiss (the government) were against the referendum and in favour of GMO.

In Italy there are 250 fields where GMO products are cultivated by the companies Agrevo, Monsanto, Pioneeer and Syngenta with genetically modified maize.

I don’t believe that there is a single Italian of sound mind who does not want to close down all these fields and send the GMO companies back to their own homes.

Let’s give tit for tat (or render bread for focaccia, as we say in Italy) to Switzerland: let’s import bread biscuits “GMO-free” and let’s export our own employee-government-genetically-modified.

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Posted by: semenax | February 17, 2006 11:25 AM

We should be aware that OGM is not the only threat.
Who knows that bovine albumin may start an immune response to mielin and so start multiple sclerosis?
If a protein comes from a natural source is not "ipso facto" harmless. The only difference is that we should know more about its effects, since we had a lot of time to test it. Remember that all life forms evolve proteins for their own use, not to be digested by humans. Humans evolved from fruit eaters and have serious problems with animal proteins and fats, so we should pay a lot of attention to what we eat, from natural or OGM sources.
The real problem is that we have to eat to live and we cannot choose properly for lack of information and possibility to find good foods.

Sandro Zandonella

Posted by: zandonella sandro | December 4, 2005 09:45 AM

Betty made a good point
"I believe that if scientific research is driven by a fair sense of etics for human kind and nature in total, science only bring good. Too often, however, our own economic interests drive scientific research with terrible consequemces for everything and everybody.
The metter is not to stop research, but do it according to people's real needs in the respect of nature ."

The research on GM products is not affected of the Moratorium (that's how you call this 5 year stop in german). Just the commercial use of OGM's is forbidden.

I do not want this stuff in my food right now but the future may show us that OGM is a good thing and reduces the amount of chemistry used in the agriculture or has other advantages.

Let's continue with the research but be carefull. And I think that is what CSIRO did

Posted by: Stefan Hodel | November 29, 2005 09:08 PM

the problem is that while we are in this blog to talking about GMO and their damages, in Italy a broadcast (TG2 33) of RAI, produced from the State News Television and theoretically recognized like objective and official, is allowed to carry a medical false, corrupt, liar and also even paid from multinational that you have cited, in order to say that the GMO is very good (like the services of "Report" on the wine, publicized and sanctified like a medicine from the Ministry of agriculture - " Wine Parade").Hour, why nobody says nothing?, Because the serious thing is that for the million persons who constitute so-called " common people " TG2 33 is equal to truth and the Grillo's blog lack read it. Hour, in a normal civilian and democratic country the official information of the State must say that the GMO are harmful and to the limit a " corrupt as Grillo ", paid from the multinationals could make a blog saying that the GMO do good.... but the truth is the contrary! This is the problem of our society and it is the wall that we will knock down first if we do make a results!

Posted by: Desperado | November 29, 2005 12:59 PM

Betty, Betty ...
Your comments are those of a dreamer: are you totally unaware of Monsanto et al, and their drive to introduce GM into every crop in every country they possibly can ...?
Yes, we're panicking: how not, when these huge multinational corporations are winning our governments' hearts and minds, and thus getting their way ?
WHAT rational discussion do you have in mind, pray ? -- and what have you read here that is irrational ?

Posted by: M.-R. Stringer | November 29, 2005 11:28 AM

I fear this type of discussions, often led by panic, rather than rationality.
I believe human kind is driven by the need of broading its knowledge and uses that knowledge to improve population survival.
I believe that if scientific research is driven by a fair sense of etics for human kind and nature in total, science only bring good. Too often, however, our own economic interests drive scientific research with terrible consequemces for everything and everybody.
The metter is not to stop research, but do it according to people's real needs in the respect of nature .

Posted by: Elisabetta Padovan | November 29, 2005 09:37 AM

70% of Austrians, my Google news tells me, would vote against GM crops. But they are not allowed to.
Scientists have known since the eighties that if you modify - say - pepper genetically - the pathogens just become more virulent. Proven. Ask the plant pathology people at your nearest university and it won't be hard to find someone who can dig out an old article on the subject of - for example - genetically modified pepper plants. The scandal is that the discussion took so long to get into the public domain. Good for Grillo!

Posted by: Maureen LIster | November 29, 2005 09:28 AM
Beppe is entirely correct, and you can read the whole article at that URL, if you wish.
We in Australia are experiencing much the same problem with our horrible politicians as are you Italians with your horrible politicians: there is too much Big Business, paying the pollies too much money as 'donations to the party', for any of them to use their damned brains and any damned LOGIC to make GM crops illegal.
We all have to KEEP TRYING: we have to keep writing to our own members of parliament, keep writing letters to the editors of our newspapers, and keep supporting Beppe !!!

Posted by: M.-R. Stringer | November 29, 2005 04:15 AM

Dear Grillo,
I agree with you, we already sent our Mafia around the World and our own employee-government-genetically-modified are the ultimate result of our own special recipe, MAFIA DEMOCRATIC REGIME. Majority of foreigners I spoke to think of us in this way!

I feel sorry and depressed, how can we change this Belief?
How can we change oueselves to be
Goverment Modified Free


Posted by: Ivan Bettelli | November 29, 2005 12:50 AM

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