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GM Wheat May Permanently Alter Human Genome, Spark Early Death

Lisa Garber
October 25th, 2012
Updated 10/31/2012 at 7:41 pm
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wheatfield 235x147 GM Wheat May Permanently Alter Human Genome, Spark Early DeathExperts say that the GM wheat currently in development by an Australian governmental research agency could, if ingested, shut down certain genes, leading to premature death or risk thereof to multiple generations.

The GM wheat developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) using public funds is engineered to turn off genes permanently. The organization’s intent to turn off wheat genes, however, could affect human and animal genes.

“Through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes,” says Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety. His report was published in Digital Journal.

DNA Matches in GM Wheat and Humans

The wheat genes intended to be silenced are known as SEI, the sequence of which are classified by CSIRO. What experts know about SEI is that parts of it match the human GBE gene sequence. GBE dictates glycogen storage, without which the liver scars and causes death in children. Adults with malfunctioning GBE genes can experience cognitive impairment, pyramidal quadriplegia, peripheral neuropathy, and neurogenic bladder.

“The findings are absolutely assured,” insists Heinemann.  “There is no doubt that these matches exist.”

Survives Digestion, Cooking, Generations

Moreover, Heinemann describes the double stranded RNA (dsRNAs) present in GM wheat as “remarkably stable in the environment.” It is able to withstand digestion (even after cooking) and thereafter circulates through the body, where it amplifies into more and different dsRNAs and “alters gene expression in the animal.” These altered genes are passed to later generations, assuming the consumer doesn’t die of cancer or liver damage before procreating – seen in the recent GMO french study.

Dangers Well-Known by Agribusiness

No doubt, agribusiness will swoop to CSIRO’s rescue and claim that Heinemann’s findings are irrelevant. Monsanto, however, uses this same tactic in its genetically modified plants. The plants are engineered to produce dsRNA that survives digestion in the insect, shuts down genes, stunts growth, and kills it. This may be welcome news for some, given one biotech scientist’s email not only acknowledging the risks of disease and reproductive difficulties inherent in GMO consumption but also praising it as a ‘remedy’ for global over-population.

Agribusiness has gone to great lengths to silence skeptics of GMOs  The Food and Drug Administration—which abounds in ties to agribusiness—deleted 1 million signatures for a GMO labeling campaign. Monsanto has been burning millions of dollars to campaign against GMO labeling. Depending on the poll, about 93% of Americans advocate GMO labeling.

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Green Med Info

GE Food Labels

The Huffington Post

Chicago Tribune

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  • Mailnurse

    We say to each other "grow your own gardens"; but we now have a new threat to our food supply which will end up destroying our soils and therefore our gardens. Chemical deposits from planes, which are hard to track ,are being sprayed over towns, residences and gardens. These have been found to contain elements which ruin health and the soil and also watersheds. Aluminum is one of the main components. It is linked to Alzheimers and other neurological diseases. Watch the skies. Report it too. check out the links below.

  • yeah

    Seems to me all the madness in the world originates in america.

  • joe common

    for millions of years, the earth has built a meaningfull life support system that is stable. this system was built by subsystems on subsystems upon elemental structures. materials from molecules from atoms from matter. the frikn geniuses at monsanto must believe that you can simply alter a few bits and bytes of what works and somehow that adds up to all gain no pain.

    the arrogance of these monsters believe that when things go wrong, they can fix it – as if things were wrong in the first place.

  • Carole

    Please read the book 'Seed of Destruction'…. you won't be able to put it down. Great historical book of what we have done (unethically) and how we changed the face of agriculture around the world!!! Educate yourself and then share and teach others. There is power in mass. United we stand.

  • Patti Jo Edwards

    We have found our local Ray's Food Place grocery store meat manager eager to help. we purchase organic free range local chickens frozen by the case. He gives us a 30% price break. We have a large freezer purchased recently. having food available keeps me from having to go to the store as often. The man actually didn't know that 'natural' beef is not the same as organic.

  • Abdelghani

    Grow one's own food? Yes! But with which seeds?!

    • Patti Jo Edwards

      organic seeds. I also have been finding people in my community who share seeds. organic foods such as beets, onions, carrots, potatoes and drien beans are all easy to propagate and plant. Be sure to use only organic soils and compost only organic produce.

  • Granny M

    Growing your own food keeps you busy and slim. The huge modern menu shrinks to the healthiest food you can grow and find. And I'm dedicated to other products produced ethically lovingly and safely.

    -like a private site cause google won't list it.

  • AuntieD

    Please, people, write write, write to your Reps, Senators,editorials,anyway to get the truth out! Let's make a lot of noise about this! It our lives at stake!

  • michael davis

    grow your own food people, for you own safety.