GM crop link to liver failure

Scientists have linked the risk of liver failure to wheat being genetically modified in Australian tests. The claims of New Zealand genetics lecturer Jack Heinemann and biochemist Dr Judy Carman, of Flinders University in Adelaide, come amid debate about New Zealand's stance on GM food.The scientists studied GM "wheat-silencing" technology being developed by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO.

Both expressed concern that human consumption of the GM wheat, which is not affected by cooking or other processing, could suppress production of glycogen, a source of energy critical for life. Dr Carman said such a change could lead to a cell build-up resulting in a liver disease that often killed children by the age of 5 and showed symptoms in adults later in life. There was also a risk to animals that ate the wheat throughout the production chain, she said.

Over in South Africa, one of the most massive unregulated experiments on humans ever is being carried out. South Africans are the first people in the world to consume a genetically modified (GM) food as a staple. According to industry sources more than 75% of their white maize is now GM. This means that the food consumed daily in the majority of South African households is now mainly comprised of genetically modified maize.

The industry claim that nobody has become ill from GM foods is scientifically dishonest. It is based on the principle of "don't look - don't find." Because GM foods are not clearly identified through labelling, it is impossible to know what sicknesses are related to the consumption of the product

This is nothing less than a massive, unregulated experiment. To make matters worse this experiment is not being undertaken on a healthy population but one that is doubly compromised: First through most people not eating a sufficient or varied enough diet and secondly because they have the highest burden of HIV, AIDS and TB infections in the world.

Fifteen years of growing GM crops in South Africa has demonstrated that the rapid uptake of GM crops has had no impact at all on the amount of food reaching the mouths of the most needy. The only conclusion can be that GM crops are not the solution. More importantly we are playing a dangerous game of genetic roulette with our health.

These crops contain toxins to kill parasites, surely this can not be good for us!