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From a post on bee-l.

Genetically modified canola plants in the wild

Scientists currently performing field research in North Dakota have discovered the first evidence of established populations of genetically modified plants in the wild. Meredith G. Schafer from the University of Arkansas and colleagues from North Dakota State University, California State University, Fresno and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established transects of land along 5,400 km of interstate, state and county roads in North Dakota from which they collected, photographed and tested 406 canola plants.

The results which were recorded in early July and are set to be presented at ESA's Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh—provide strong evidence that transgenic plants have established populations outside of agricultural fields in the U.S. Of the 406 plants collected, 347 (86%) tested positive for CP4 EPSPS protein (confers tolerance to glyphosate herbicide) or PAT protein (confers tolerance to glufosinate herbicide).

"There were also two instances of multiple transgenes in single individuals," said one of the study's coauthors Cynthia Sagers, University of Arkansas. "Varieties with multiple transgenic traits have not yet been released commercially, so this finding suggests that feral populations are reproducing and have become established outside of cultivation. These observations have important implications for the ecology and management of native and weedy species, as well as for the management of biotech products in the U.S."
 

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Why am I not surprised? Bloody Yanks seem unable to control anything - particularly their vengeance attitude which is dragging the world towards conflict and hypersensitive utterances in relation to any minor problems arising from their greed they see as likly to cause them a minor problem eg oil spill. Hate them.
 

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There has been a real dishonesty in the way GM has been marketed.

If you listen to the spinner it is about creating crops that can survive with low rainfall and cure world hunger or that are resistant to moulds and don't need fungicide's, but that is mostly a lie. The commercial application of GM is not this at all. Remember most GM is owned by the agro chemical industry (the people who profited from selling farmers gallons of chemicals) and the crops that they have engineered are designed to rely on the same chemicals. i.e. they are crops that are resistant to herbicides or pesticides, so that they can just spray the weeds willy-nilly and just kill the weeds but the crop is fine. A lot less work. Less work means more profit, but if you spray more we eat more chemicals.

That the genes that confer resistance to the chemicals have now gone wild, is exactly what everyone said would happen! For the agro chemical company it is still win-win...' oh, so sorry nasty chemical 1 doesn't work, you need to try new improved extra cost nasty chemical 2'

Grrrrrrrr.
 

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Think the term is

BE SCARED . . . . VERY SCARED!

wonder how long it will be before we have incidents similar to the beef thing last week

Ooops sorry didnt realise that this was illegal !! when it has already gone out there and is growing and being eaten willy nilly.
 

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Typical of bloody yanks:.( pretty obvious it would happen, it was just a case of when.
 

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There's a "big push" on at the moment to get this damn frankencrap accepted in Europe and the UK, with gazillions being spent with the same lobbying companies that told us tobacco was safe.....
- an oft-used tactic is to try to mix GM products in with non-GM, and then plead that you can't distinguish them (much enters this country from abroad at the moment, and is often used as animal feed)
I heard from well-informed sources that the Tories planned to give a green light to GM in the UK if they won the election, the appointment of Caroline Spelman would tend to underline it (she was a GM lobbyist for 15 years)
I'm gratified to see that people are aware of the potential dangers, and the fact that the only people to benefit from GM are the companies behind the stuff, and their shareholders. There is NO benefit whatsoever, but a very real danger of acceleration of use of the planet's already depleted resources, and a concentration of control of the food chain in the hands of a few deeply amoral US corporations. If anything is worth buzzing off a few irate emails to MPs and their ilk, this is it!
 
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If all these crops are designed to help feed the starving,,,,,, why arent they being grown in the countries where starving people live? Give the seeds to them and let them get on with it...
 

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If all these crops are designed to help feed the starving,,,,,, why arent they being grown in the countries where starving people live? Give the seeds to them and let them get on with it...

:iagree:

and stop producing 'terminator' seeds which cannot be saved and re- planted!

Greedy, selfish, short sighted, money grabbing so and sos
 

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Because there is more money to be made from selling third world countries guns,so they can shoot each other.....and of course to make a bit more money,supply both sides.
 
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so they can shoot each other.
Well thats helpful then.

they wont need so much food.....
 
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So,

we sell them GM seeds and guns.

They shoot each other and the crops dont get harvested because theres not enough villagers left.

so we sell them some more seeds, and they also need guns to protect themselves.......


Sounds like a good business program to me....
 

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No.....we just sell them the guns....and when there's non of them left alive we sell the guns to another country. Or if they have oil of course, we invade the country ourselves.
 
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The chem companies don't give a monkey's about starving people...........profit is all they give a s*** about.:cuss:

They don't care about the damage they cause to the natural world. :banghead::banghead::banghead:
 

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Some farmers were rather concerned how gm crops growing wild would affect there organic farming status.
 
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