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Question about bioengineered corn
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Sid    Posted 02-26-2003 at 20:52:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read the discussion earlier about the bio enginered corn and still can not find an answer in all of those post. What is the enviromental concern what is it that could be harmful? Not looking for a fight just an answer.


GregWis    Posted 02-27-2003 at 11:09:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dennis I dont undersatand what you are saying. Food is allergens. An allergen is just a material that is recognized by your body as foreign. ALL of the preteins in corn are foreign to humans so are all the proteins in a steak...but they sure taste yummy. Most of these proteins dont survive digestion in the gut. I think this is such an over hyped issue and no I dont work for any of the AG-conglomerates. I am more worried about direct pesticide use.. have had the crop duster over my house a few times. Anything that allows the farmer to put on less chemicals is ok by me.


Dennis    Posted 02-26-2003 at 21:00:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
StarLink, which produces an insecticidal protein called Cry9C, is not approved for human consumption over concerns that it could cause dangerous allergic responses in some peo-ple. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA's) review of StarLink found that many of the allergenicity data submitted on StarLink were "either inconclusive or indicate that Cry9C exhibits some characteristics of known allergens." On Friday, an EPA advisory panel heard from scientists who warned that there is no known safe level of allergens in food


Sid    Posted 02-26-2003 at 22:20:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dennis now that I got to thinking about this I remember reading some time ago about apple trees would develop a toxin to combat pest that even though it was natural was in some cases it was more more harmful than if the tree had been sprayed. Is thi kinda what is going on in bio plants?


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