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When Foods Become Drugs.

6th March 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Do You Want to Eat Genetically Modified Foods Designed to Treat Disease?

What do you think the effect could be from eating foods that are genetically modified with human genes? Do you want to eat this kind of food? Do you want it for your children? Let us know what you think in the comments section!
Perhaps we should watch those kids in Peru that they experimented on for a while. Obviously, they had to go to Peru to experiment on some poor, unsuspecting folks. Not too many would volunteer in this country with their tender little babes and if they did, Oh, the uproar it would cause. I wonder what they paid them? This company, Ventria Bioscience needs to be exposed and boycotted.
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Human genes in rice spark new GM row

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By Stephen Daniells
06/03/2007 – Genetically modified rice containing human genes has received preliminary approval in the US, sparking new concerns and fears on both sides of the Atlantic.

California-based Ventria Bioscience has received approval from the US Department of Agriculture to cultivate over 3,000 acres of the rice in Kansas.

The issue of GM approval within the EU is one of the most contentious in agriculture. The recent announcement that US authorities had traced amounts of unapproved genetically modified (GM) food in samples of rice prompted the EU to clamp down on all imports from the US.

The immediacy of this action illustrated the stringent controls the EU has in place to guard against unauthorised products entering the food chain, and also reflected consumer fears over the technology.

The new rice is genetically engineered to produce lactiva and lysomin – two proteins found naturally in breast milk, and reported to have significant potential against diarrhoea.

Indeed, a clinical trial using the rice has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and reports that 140 children suffering from diarrhoea and admitted to the hospital recovered significantly quicker and were less likely to relapse after taking an electrolyte solution containing lactiva and lysomin than children in the placebo group.

“Diarrhoeal illnesses are a major reason for children seeing their physician and a major cause of emergency room visits,” said Robert Wittler, from Kansas University School of Medicine at Wichita. “This is an important study as decreasing the duration of diarrhoea lessens the likelihood of children becoming significantly dehydrated and allows children to return to day-care and school quicker and their parents who work outside the home can return to work sooner.”

Despite the potential benefits of against childhood diarrhoea – the second leading killer of under-fives globally – the news has been described as “very disturbing” by GeneWatch UK, according to the Daily Mail. Researcher Becky Price is quoted: “There are huge, huge health risks and people should rightly be concerned about this.”

Moreover, Friends of the Earth, campaigners against GM that have been propagating the line that GM foods should be banned from the food chain because they posed a potential risk to health, have also been putting their viewpoint across.

Campaigner Clare Oxborrow told the Daily Mail: “Using food crops and fields as glorified drug factories is a very worrying development.

“If these pharmaceutical crops end up on consumers’ plates, the consequences for our health could be devastating.

“The biotech industry has already failed to prevent experimental GM rice contaminating the food chain.

“The Government must urge the U.S. to ban the production of drugs in food crops. It must also introduce tough measures to prevent illegal GM crops contaminating our food and ensure that biotech companies are liable for any damage their products cause.”

Source: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
February 2007, Volume 44, Number 2, Pages 258-264
“Efficacy of rice-based oral rehydration solution containing recombinant human lactoferrin and lysozyme in Peruvian children with acute diarrhea”
Authors: N. Zavaleta, D. Figueroa, J. Rivera, J. Sanchez, S. Alfaro, B. Lonnerdal

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4 Responses to “When Foods Become Drugs.”

  1. Tumski Says:

    I have nothing in principle against the idea of food as drugs. But in practice there are a number of concerns, especially around the testing element.

    I too worry that drug companies seem to be testing their products in the developing world, where desperate people take part without the oversight and protection they deserve. But then again, all drug companies target desperate people as guinea pigs, whether they’re in Peru or London, there are always people who desperately need the income.

    That though is a different issue to whether drugs should be part of food itself. We have some already – iodine in salt, fortified flour and so on. I would have some concerns about genetic transfer, but comments like “There are huge, huge health risks and people should rightly be concerned about this.” by Becky Price of Genewatch disturb me as well. The language is emotive and designed to scare people, without offering the reason for their concerns. Isn’t the goal of developing a cheap and powerful treatment for a major killer something that should be at the forefront of all our thoughts?

    Just my own take on this interesting issue. By the way, isn’t food in drugs a logical conclusion to what’s going on now with “superfoods” and all?

    Cheers

    TJ Kazunga
    The Acai Berry Guy

  2. Arrow Durfee Says:

    I would like to know just what country provides the oversight and protection that people deserve regardless of their socio-economic standing? It sure ain’t here in the good ole USA!

    With iodine in salt we have the option not to purchase it. Same goes for fortified flour. When GM food is produced there is the very real risk that its seed or pollen will contaminate other fields. How can a farmer protect his crop from genetic mutation that is not desired and even rejected philosophically?

    Regulations fo far are not in place to tell me on food packages if I am purchasing a GM food. Where is my right to choose?

    How will I know if this GM food is safe. Who are they going to test it on? A rich educated family in Boston? I doubt it. They will pay poor people to eat it to see if it damages them.
    Once again impoverished peoples around the world are taken advantage of as Nestle corp. Dole and monsanto have done for years by implementing strange foods, pesticides and GM crops where no one is educated enough to say no!

    If I am to take a drug I want full awareness and choice. I don’t want some chemical company making my choices for me nor some dingbat politician.

    Superfoods? What do you mean? Like chlorella or high powered supplements? Again, here one has the choice. You loose choice and you loose freedom.

    I think people aught to be scared. What else will motivate them to just say NO!

    Childhood diarrhea can easily be managed with alternative medicine. And how about spending more time and money promoting breast feeding which supply the actual chemicals they are after anyway? Why drug everyone? Lets teach doctors real medicine, then we can get rid of the most pharmaceutical drugs and rediculous ideas like turning our food into drugs.

    One comment the article made was about shortening the length of childhood illness so parents won’t miss work. Nothing was mentioned about this new rice saving lives. Hey. Lets not give families a break when the kid is sick. Just drug everyone. We’ll see what the consequences are later, after all our rice fields are contaminated with GM seed.

  3. Tumski Says:

    good points and I agree with most of what you say. But even with gm foods you would have a choice surely – “this food is meant to treat x,y or z”. Regarding cross contamination, I don’t know enough about whats happening to have strong opinion so I would like more hard facts. I know that it has been a problem with some gm maize in Mexico and rape in the UK but this is what regulation is all about. We need stronger procedures to prevent contamination happening.

    My main worry is that people get scared of ‘frankenfoods’ and then the science stops – so how do new ideas get developed? There is always a risk to developing anything new, the question is how do you manage the risk?

  4. Arrow Durfee Says:

    How do you regulate the wind?