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Re Ms. Holt's statement, "Scientists have found that rats fed...GM foods developed pockets of pesticides in their gut. Want some Roundup in your gut?"
Consumers must make informed decisions based on a clear understanding of science, so I offer the following in the interest of clarity:
1. Roundup is not a pesticide. It is an herbicide.
2. Per the Express article's description, Roundup-Ready crops have been genetically modified with a mosaic virus gene, not Roundup. Roundup is not a gene that can be spliced into a GMO; it is a liquid herbicide that can be sprayed on crops, be they GMO or not.
3. While the Express article isn't clear on the matter, from the name Roundup-Ready we would logically presume the mosaic virus gene makes the soybeans immune to Roundup, allowing farmers to use Roundup on weeds in the crop bed. We might be justified in concluding that this is a soybean to be avoided, but not that "this means that viruses and bacteria in the food etc...." Express should have written that "this makes it possible to use Roundup on the soybeans."
4. Thought it's not clear from your description of the study, it would appear that if the study rats have Roundup in their GI tracts, it's because they've eaten Roundup; and they may also have been fed GMO grains containing a mosaic virus gene, and/or some pesticides. All are potentially worrisome, but they are separate issues.
I think consumers would like to read the study in question. Ms. Holt, would you be kind enough to post a link? Thank you.
Second Mr. Baker's concerns about the "mingling in the hotbed" paragraph. Cauliflower mosaic virus is not going to encounter any kissing cousins in your stomach.
By overstating the theoretical risks posed by human ingestion, the article unfortunately overlooks the more plausible risk that GMO-inoculated crops will spread Bt to nearby non-GMO crops, endangering the beneficial insects that feed on them.
While it's important to know what's in a cardboard granola box; it's more important to know what's blowing across the Midwest at 50 grains per cubic meter.
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