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Here is an interesting link to the study and research for modified wheat, in order to increase production to feed the world's hungry.

While the work of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center is exemplary and dedicated to the hungry though out the world, I was curious as to whether the increase in production of wheat and maize, mirrored an increase of Celiac Disease and wheat intolerance. Is there a parallel study out there?

http://www.cimmyt.org/english/wps/about/index.htm

Just some thoughts for discussion.

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I have wondered that same thing, if the increased tampering with the food supply, (in this specific case, wheat) has led to the rise of food intolerances and allergies. My family and I have discussed this many, many times and I do believe the two go hand in hand. I'd love to see a study done.

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Two things stood out in that article:

"# According to FAO, maize and wheat account for about 40% of the world’s food and 25% of calories consumed in developing countries.

# Millions of people—including poor people in urban areas—get more than half of their daily calories from maize and wheat alone."

No wonder it is hard to find any processed food without one or the other :o .

Makes one wonder where we are heading, healthwise. I do believe there is a definite connection between food modification and food intolerances. I have stated here before, I can eat the corn in New Zealand, but not here in the U.S. We are continuously fighting to keep genetic modification out of our corn crops in New Zealand, but I fear we are losing the battle.

I am intolerant of the three most genetically modified crops: wheat, corn, soy. I think it would probably be too politically hazardous for scientists to do the studies Janet is looking for, and pose such hypotheses; and who would fund them??

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I wondered how much we would be seeing on this with the death of Norman Borlaug last weekend.

I always felt that if we graph the increase in celiac, lupus, Parkinsons, ADD and a number of other celiac linked problems, from 1970 that there would be some parallel.

Based on some of the conferences I've been to on wheat & food allergies in Japan, many there attribute the rise in these diseases to the increased consumption of wheat in western diets -- McD, etc. I would not doubt it. Japan can see these graphs since the late 70s when western restaurant & fast food joint ventures sky rocketed.

Ken

Here is an interesting link to the study and research for modified wheat, in order to increase production to feed the world's hungry.

While the work of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center is exemplary and dedicated to the hungry though out the world, I was curious as to whether the increase in production of wheat and maize, mirrored an increase of Celiac Disease. Is there a parallel study out there?

http://www.cimmyt.org/english/wps/about/index.htm

Just some thoughts for discussion.

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