Thursday, May 12th: Rice With Human Genes
No, the headline is not a sensational teaser for you to read this. From the Washington Post article:
The Agriculture Department has given a preliminary green light for the first commercial production of a food crop engineered to contain human genes, reigniting fears that biomedically potent substances in high-tech plants could escape and turn up in other foods.
The plan, confirmed yesterday by the California biotechnology company leading the effort, calls for large-scale cultivation in Kansas of rice that produces human immune system proteins in its seeds.
The proteins are to be extracted for use as an anti-diarrhea medicine and might be added to health foods such as yogurt and granola bars.
You see why it’s important to mandate the labeling of GMOs? I, for one, want no part of eating a plant with human immune proteins. I can only imagine where this path ends. I think this one speaks for itself, I don’t have anything else to say.