Life is in Their Hands – Death is on Their Minds! It Explodes like 12 Angry GMO Potatoes!
BRUSSELS – A
few bad sprouts within the European Commission today approved the cultivation of genetically-modified potatoes, but environmentalists and European ministers slam the suspicious spud dubbed “Amflora” as a threat to human health - though the potatoes will not be for human consumption. So, if humans won't be consuming them, then let's mosey down the food-chain:
“Modified vegetables and cereals have long been a matter of fierce debate in Europe and the commission stressed that the Amflora would only be for "industrial use" including animal feed.”
Industrial use! OK, and then cows, chickens, goats and every other assortment of domestic animals and barnyard pets - some which inevitably end up on the human dinner table. While some dare call them “frankenfoods” (h/t saynotogmos.org), others within the EU Commission insist their decision is "based on a considerable volume of sound science” but critics cite the below health and environmental hazards:
“Amflora is also modified to produce pure amylopectin starch in technical applications. Conventional potatoes produce a mixture of amylopectin and amylose starch. But the potato also contains a marker gene resistant to antibiotics, fuelling environmentalists' fears over the risks of contamination for non GMO varieties. Friends of the Earth said the Amflora potato "carries a controversial antibiotic resistant gene which it cannot be guaranteed will not enter the food chain."
If the decision is based on “sound science”, some groups question the GMO industry's method. Foes of the Amflora potato include Friends of the Earth, an organization that claims the potato "carries a controversial antibiotic resistant gene which it cannot be guaranteed will not enter the food chain." Despite overwhelming global resistance to GMO foods, why the big EU potato push? Ka-ching! Something to do with “the world's biggest chemical company”, BASF, harvesting a new crop of moolah:
"The new commissioner whose job is to protect consumers has in one of his first decisions ignored public opinion and safety concerns to please the worlds biggest chemical company," said Heike Moldenhauer, the group's GMO spokesperson.”
The article also notes that BASF was "delighted" by the decision "after waiting for more than 13 years" for EU approval. How long will the sound science of producing money continue to trump human health and environmental safety standards?