GM (Genetic Modification)


Dec 12, 2012 (4 years and 8 months ago)


GM (Genetic Modification)

Pietro Arnese

(Updated Oct. 99)

Bowing to public pressure,
the Monsanto Company has decided to stop further work on their "TERMINATOR SEED"
project. It must be said that this pressure came for the greater part from Europe, while the people
in America seem asleep on th
e subject. This may be a cultural circumstance, but it speaks

Patrick Holden of the Soil Association told BBC Radio 5 Live the decision represented a change
in policy for the company based in St Louis, Missouri.

" I felt that they had been sh
ocked and completely taken by surprise at the strength of public
reaction against genetic engineering in Europe.

"I did emerge from the meeting with a very clear impression that they are prepared to rethink
their position fundamentally out of an awareness
that Europe has said no to genetic engineering
and perhaps a fear that the North America public might follow suit," he said

BBC News, Sep, 26, 1999

Actually they panicked when supermarket chains started to ban modified foodstuffs from their
shelves, and re
staurants declared that they would not serve any GM foods. Now, with their stock
loosing points by the hour, they took the only logical solution that a profit
making company
could take: announce the end of their controversial program. Anyways, I am not so
naive as to
think that they will actually stop working on it. They have invested too much time and money on
it and the ever
present GREED FACTOR will drive them to continue their efforts in secret, and
maybe wait for a more favourable moment to bring it ba
ck again. Regardless, permanent damage
may have been already introduced into the eco
system. Tests have shown that pollen from the
GM crops, (carried by the wind, insects and birds) has been found miles away from its original
fields, and these new modified

strains have already mixed with the normal crops. So, while a
battle may have been won, the war is probably lost as you can read further down in this article.

In truth, things are starting to move in the US as well: an international alliance of farmers,
led by
by the Washington lobby groups (Foundation for Economic Trends, and the National Family
Farm Coalition) is about to bring the biggest anti
trust case ever. The claim is that these big
companies are exploiting bio
engineering techniques to dominate w
orld agriculture. The case
will come up probably this coming November or December.

Recently, TIME Magazine published an article on genetically engineered crops which have been
making their appearence in several marketplaces. The article was titled "ALIEN
Personally, I would have removed the "?" sign, as the subject in discussion is indeed an "alien

The article, more or less balanced in the views and facts presented, reserved several surprises.
One, was to find England's Prince Charles saying


(gene manipulation
takes mankind
into realms that belong to God, and to God alone."

I guess this was a disappointing blow to
those who consider him as a very probable candidate for the office of Antichrist, but then,
knowing Prince Charles's pen
chant for things New Age, one may legitimately wonder to which
God he was referring. Nevertheless, I find his quote important, since he does carry a lot of

Prince Charles is the proud owner of a farm which is being run by natural growing method
s and
without the invasive use of chemical agents. This farm, touted as a primary example of organic
farming, receives many interested visitors from all over the globe. The Prince has also put up a
site in which he states his views and exposes the dang
ers of GMs. As I am writing this
update, a row has developed about alleged government pressure upon him t remove the GM
remarks from his site.

Sunday, February 21, 1999


Downing Street has denied asking Prince Charles to remove criticism of genet
(GM) food from his Website.

The prince has said he considers GM foods a potential risk to health.

And the Sunday Express says Buckingham Palace officials were approached to persuade him to
withdraw the comments

a claim described by Down
ing Street as "utter nonsense".

However, the prince has reportedly decided not to change the site. He is also said to be planning
to intensify his campaign on the issue of GM foods, the paper writes.

A palace aide told the newspaper: "The prince feels st
rongly this is absolutely the right moment
to drive home his long held concerns about this sort of food.

This is the link to the GM forum on Prince Charles' site:

Many of these modified products are being sold to unaware customers, since most of them are
not required to be labeled as such. So, discreetely and ubiquitously, these "foods" have been
appearing at local supermarkets and other food outlets.

I was fran
kly surprised that in America, globally considered the home of civil and consumer
rights, these unlabeled products are being sold amidst total indifference, and that the few raised
voices of warning are largely discounted.

Why is this happening can be res
umed in one simple word: GREED!

Greed by all involved in the food process, from the farmers to the supermarkets, and public
health be damned

Although one may read of the "high principles" which supposedly guide the research and
development of these "foods,
" (as for example, to produce sufficient food for the growing earth's
population) we are not so naive as not to see the REAL reasons.

Apart from the greed for money, there is another aspect which must be taken into account.
Indeed, this new breed of "scie
ntists," who are dishing out (no pun intended) these so called new
foodstuffs, are, by their very own presumptuous manipulation, criticising God, Who did not do a
good job in the first place, and so they must intervene to correct and improve what He has so

toughtlessly created. Well, most of them do not believe in God anyway, so they are improving
what elements "Mother Nature" has given them to play with. A very dangerous game, by
whatever name.

Agreed that there are natural forms of breeding, cross
breeding, grafting, etc. which have been
practised by farmers from the very inception of agriculture, (see the Jacob husbandry of Laban's
flocks account, in Genesis), but what we have today, is a total
ly new and different ball game.
Don't let anybody fool you about what is going on: it has nothing to do with "improvement" but
rather with destruction. The fruits of this manipulation will become very evident, in time. The
reckless introduction of pharmace
utical drugs, has given us its deadly fruits in these past
decades. Should I mention "Thalidomide" or "mad cow disease," for a starter?

Moreover, these "would
be benefactors of humanity" have names like "Monsanto," "Novartis,"
"AgrEvo," "DuPont," "Astra Z
eneca," "Aventis" and so forth. You get the drift.

Another disturbing trend in this direction, is the introduction of the "onecrop
seeds" (dubbed
TERMINATOR SEED). These chemical companies feel that it is not right that the seeds the
farmers use should re
produce their fruits year after year, thereby depriving them of rightful sales.
So, Monsanto has "created" the one
crop hybrid seed. Use once and buy again next year. None of
that fancy "
Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the f
ruit tree that
yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth
Gen 1:11.

As it is, the variety of genetic stock is being badly depleted, through mismanagement and by
marketing demands. For example, there are hundreds of dif
ferent types of let's say apples,
but at the supermarket you will only find the same three or four kinds, and usually, the worst
tasting but better looking and longer lasting ones. So farmers are concentrating on what sells and
ignoring the rest, with the
result that many varieties die out. This is also a serious problem,
because the genetic pool is being restricted, with all its relative implications. Alarm has been
raised about this real and upcoming problem, but no action has been programmed, apart from
individual initiatives (seed banks) in a few countries, like India and Switzerland.

While in America this issue is not receiving the right public exposure by the mass media, in
Europe, where there is a long, historic and cultural love
affair with food, th
is subject has spurred
open debates and several disruptive actions by environmental and consumer groups. For
example, this last Christmas season, in Italy, the ALF (Animal Liberation Front), a pan european
group which adopts extreme tactical actions, poiso
ned a couple of Italian "Panettoni", a world
famous Christmas cake which sells in the millions durind the festive season. The ALF targeted
two particular brands, both owned by the NESTLE Corporation, the reason being that Nestle is
using modified soy flour

in the making of their panettoni without reporting it on the label.

ALF then called a newspaper to announce their action and make their statement. Naturally, this
caused panic amongst the Italians, who, despite assurances, refused to buy the two indicted

brands, causing Nestle to remove their panettoni from supermarket shelves, and throwing 450
employees temporarily out of work. While the ALF action is to be condemned, so is the
behaviour of Nestle, BEFORE and AFTER the announcement. Before, because they
where using modified soy flour (to save money) and after, because their high handed reply was
that they were just going to shut down their plant thereby throwing quite a few people out of
work. No explanation was given about the GM flour. In Italy,
(as well as in Europe) work being
at a premium, such a prospect caused a backlash against ALF. It also set a lot of people thinking
that public health was being sacrificed upon the altar of profit and greed. Nestle, with their
dismal record in their global

food distribution (see their merchandising of infant formula to third
world countries), is just one of many food distributors that, for the sake of turning a profit, would
stop at nothing.

The latest ruckus was raised in England and it demonstrates

the danger of GM spreading their
manipulated genes to other cultures.



Friday 5 February 1999

Electronic Telegraph

HEALTH food importers revealed last night that they have destroyed 87,000 packets of

tortilla chips after they were found to be contaminated with genetically modified corn.

The British distributor of the Apache brand of organic chips, De Rit, said that the most likely
source of the contamination was cross
pollination of the organ
ic maize used in them by GM
crops grown around the organic farm in Texas where the maize came from.

If so, the incident will create further pressure on the Government to tighten controls on the
introduction of genetic crops in Britain.

Maize containing a
gene from the cauliflower mozaic virus was detected during routine
monitoring by DO
IT, the Dutch importers of Apache brand tortilla chips made from yellow
maize. The virus is used as a promoter gene in maize crops engineered to be resistant to

IT and De Rit, the British distributors, then withdrew and destroyed Apache brand chips in
natural, sesame, nacho and cajun flavours.

George Carroll, managing director of Halifax
based De Rit (UK), said: "We recalled everything.
We could have sat on
our hands but this was not how we thought an industry should behave." He
said Terra Prima, the Wisconsin
based manufacturer of the chips, had conducted tests of all its
other products and subsequent batches of the tortilla chips and these were given the al
Maize would now be tested before it was used in manufacturing instead of afterwards.

The Soil Association, the organic standards body, said that it was the first case of contamination
of an organic product by GM crops.

Lindsay Keenan of the UK W
holefood Trade said: "We cannot praise the responsible attitudes
and prompt actions of these companies highly enough. An investigation by the companies into
the source of the contamination is ongoing. Cross
pollination by GM maize grown on nearby
farms is
the most likely explanation. However, the investigation is made difficult by the fact that
there is no requirement in the United States for monitoring the genetically modified crops that
are grown in surrounding areas."

If cross
pollination with genetic m
aterial was responsible, organic farmers say it will be proof of
the dangers posed to their industry by allowing the commercial release of GM crops in Britain.
They believe that if cross
pollination of organic crops by GM crops takes place it will ultimate
be impossible to ensure that unadulterated organic produce is available for people who want the
freedom not to eat GM material.

This latest story, follows right in the heels of the ongoing debate on GM especially since the case
Dr Arpad Pusztai
, a s
cientist forced out of his job at the Government
funded Rowett research
institute in Aberdeen last August when he said that rats had suffered a reduction in brain size,
liver damage and a weakening of their immune system after being fed GM potatoes for onl
. (The development of the animals' kidney, thymus, spleen and gut was also affected). Dr
Pusztai told Granada TV's World in Action that he would not eat GM food. He said he found it
very, very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guinea pigs

At the time, the institute described the results of Dr Pusztai's experiments as "very confused".
Now it turns that 20 scientists from all over the world are backing Dr. Pusztai's research and

Vyvyan Howard, one of the scientists who is backing Dr Pus
ztai, told
BBC's Newsnight
: "We
find that his data are sound. We think it would pass peer review and be published and we are at a
loss to explain why the Rowett institute came to the conclusion it did."

Mr Howard, a toxipathologist at Liverpool University,

said that the scientists from various
countries who reviewed Dr Pusztai's work included specialists in genetic engineering and in

Recent research on the same rats by Dr Stanley Ewen, a senior pathologist at Aberdeen
University medical school, i
s also understood to validate Dr Pusztai's preliminary findings and
suggest new possible health risks.

Dr Ewen found that rats fed the GM potatoes used in Dr Pusztai's experiments suffered from an
enlarged stomach wall and an elongation of a section of th
e stomach after 10 days of feeding
trials. Mr Cunningham, who as Minister of Agriculture banned beef on the bone, told Newsnight
that it would be "very surprising" if Dr Pusztai's work were "suddenly validated by another set of

Paul Tyler, t
he Liberal Democrat food spokesman, said he would ask the Commons agriculture
select committee to investigate the affair. "These are not scare mongering amateurs but the
premier government research team in this field," he said. "Confusion over the original

significance of these findings meant that the huge companies involved in genetic engineering
were able to dismiss them as misleading.

"Now the reputation of Dr Pusztai is being reinstated and it is the novel foods which are back in
the dock."

I am includ
ing a link to the

site where you can follow this story and also get an overview of

Humanity will indeed reap the fruits of its folly. As the Bible teaches, in the
End Times, there
will be global famines, and diseases, so all this improvement and increased yield business will
actually produce the very opposite results it prefigured. In Revelation there is a passage
mentioning one of the plagues which will hit humanit
y during the End Times: people will
develop painful and hideous boils on their bodies, "foul and loathsome," to be exact.
Manipulating the genetic material is playing "I am smarter" than God, and since nobody is
smarter than God, you can guess the outcome
of this presumption. One atom out of place can and
will create havoc.

If you are a believer, you don't need to worry. While you should not knowingly buy genetically
altered food, if you do eat it, by necessity, by mistake or unknowingly, the Lord will pro
tect you.
Remember ALWAYS to pray before you eat anything, thanking God for the food and asking
Him to bless it to your body. Jesus said that no food will harm you, if you receive it with prayer
and thanksgiving. Amen!

If your relationship with God is so
so, you should be worrying, as you are not assured of His
protection. If you have no relationship at all with God, you have two choices: either start one,
, or que serà, serà!

Acknowledgements to BBC NEWS for the two graphics.