Nasty, nasty blog interactions with the pro GM O crowd re sustainable agriculture and food safety, vs. Mon san toe. Aggressive and really just always on the attack. Always pretending they are trying to "feed the world" or "save mankind" or "help starving children in Africa," and then they ruthlessly go after the people who don't want GM O foods by saying they are not SCIENTISTS and only their precious selves are capable of making those scientific decisions. Trust me, they don't care if you're celiac, gluten intolerant, or get sick from eating wheat, they just want to make a profit off of everybody having to buy their GM O seed stocks.
If you can't tell, I am not fond of the Devil's lobbyists.
Story going around the net right now, about how the past administration in 2007 was recommending retaliation against European countries like France, who didn't want to import GM O grains from the USA.
My main concern is that they are doing research out of the country, and will cross contaminate the food grains we CAN eat with the wheat genes, and then the entire stock gets contaminated.
"Medical experts at the National Institutes of Health have declared urgency in dealing with celiac disease, the most common food-sensitive intestinal condition in humans, and require faster and more decisive methods such as transgenic breeding, in which genes are transferred from different species," said Dr. von Wettstein, a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. von Wettstein and his team have identified a fully viable, lysine-rich barley mutant that lacks the gliadin-type and low-molecular-weight glutenins that are currently shown to be exclusively responsible for dough elasticity and exceptional baking quality. Using genetic methods to remove the celiac-causing gliadins and low-molecular glutenins, Dr. von Wettstein's task is to produce a similar wheat grain while preserving wheat's baking qualities.
Dr. von Wettstein and his team have partnered with the Seattle-based biotechnology company Arcadia Biosciences to screen large populations of wheat, to be able to identify gene mutants that affect the celiac-triggering protein types.
Arcad ia works with Mon san toe, partners, same company.
See here, they're going to start screwing around with sorghum, but they do not say how or what they might insert into its genes : http://www.arcadiabi...m/news/press/92
DAVIS, Calif. (October 26, 2010) – Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human health, and Advanta, a leading multinational seed company, today announced that the companies have reached a research and commercial development agreement for the development of Water Efficient sorghum. Under terms of the agreement, Advanta receives exclusive global rights to the use of Arcadia’s Water Efficiency technology in sorghum. Arcadia receives an upfront payment, milestone payments and a share of commercial sales revenue. This agreement builds upon the agreements the two companies reached in 2009 for the development of Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) and Salt Tolerant sorghum.
I know they were planning on doing "water efficient" rice research in China using other grains crossed into it.