Some time ago, I sent a protest email regarding genetically modified wheat [via Change.org??]. To my great surprise, I was put on a database to receive notification of various field trials etc.
To my great shame, I did not look into these trials the way I should have. I guess I assumed others with more knowledge would ‘do something about it’. 😦
Today I received notification of one field trial I could not ignore. It had to do with Monsanto. At first, I was worried that knowledge of this application was secret, but I found that information, and a whole lot more, on the government’s own website. Here is a portion of it:
Clicking on the screenshot should display the image in full.
And just in case you can’t read the web address, here it is :
The reason I’m posting about this is because:
- I was shocked at how many field trials and commercial applications there are – the list literally goes on and on, and
- I’m pretty sure that the general public hasn’t got a clue how much is going on behind our backs – notice the genetically modified banana???
I’ve always believed that there is a place for gene engineering, so long as:
- it is properly controlled with all possible safeguards in place
- and is for the benefit of humanity in general – such as a new vaccine.
The problem with genetic engineering carried out by Monsanto et al., is that they do not use genetic engineering for ‘altruistic’ purposes, and they do not have to apply the same rigorous and expensive testing as do GMOs destined for drugs/medicine.
Given the length of the list on the government website, I suspect the horse has bolted, but we may still be able to protect our organic growers from cross contamination…if we show that we do care.
Please spread the word about this list as far as you can. 😦