Well there's more news on the GMO front which many of you kindly shared with me, including our friend at The Byte Show, George Ann Hughes. It seems there may be a nasty virus in many GMO foods and crops:
Hidden deadly viral gene found in commercial GM cropsHidden, deadly viral gene found in commercial GMO crops
Now in case you missed it, the culprit, once again, would appear to be in the main our the good fiends... er.... friends, at Duponzanto:
This alteration is present in most of the widely-grown GMOs in commercial use today, including both NK603 and MON810 corn, as well as Roundup-Ready soybeans, all of which are produced by Monsanto. And researchers have found that this rogue gene can induce unintended phenotypic changes, which can involve serious physical and biochemical mutations, in organisms.
And there's something else to notice, according to the European studies:
The presence of Gene VI basically leaves transgenic crops defenseless against both pathogenic and viral invaders, and is believed to cause aberrant gene expression in crops that possess it. This means the entire genetic sequence of a plant can mutate as a consequence of Gene VI, resulting in random protein production within plant cells, indiscriminate gene expression throughout the organism,
and even growth deformities. (emphasis added)
What always intrigues me about these stories - and maybe it does you as well - is why the serious study seems to be coming, for the most part, out of Europe, while America seems uncomfortably silent on the matter. We have blogged here frequently about various European nations that have instituted partial bans of various GMO crops. So far, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and France have issued such warnings, and lately even Russia with its vast agricultural capability, has done the same.
The context here is intriguing to me, because with the recent moves by Germany to repatriate its gold, and now similar noises coming from the Netherlands and Switzerland, not only do we appear to be on the verge of a wholesale currency war, but with European nations and indeed the European Union itself becoming increasingly wary of the GMO, we are looking potentially at a major blow to one of America's only remaining large exports and international trade: agriculture.
In other words, we may be looking not only at concerns about GMOs, but at a wider, though quiet, geopolitical and economic factor in play, and a growing rift between Europe and an Anglo-American corporate elite which, if Duponzanto is any indicator, has run amok, cares nothing for human health and the public good, and only about its corporate bottom line.
Gold repatriation and GMO concerns may be becoming strange bedfellows in the intricate calculus of international politics and economics.
See you on the flip side.