MAE-WAN HO - GM Genocide Terminator Gene-Farming Suicide

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GM Genocide Terminator Gene-Farming Suicide

MAE-WAN HO

There are many concerns about the spread of altered genes, and these experimental alterations may be out of control. One of the concerns is that an antibiotic-resistant gene that was isolated from bacteria and used in some GM crops might cross back from plants to different species of bacteria. If this happens we would lose the ability to treat major illnesses such as meningitis and E-coli.

While the mainstream dismisses these concerns as “speculations (which) have been extensively rebutted by the scientific community”, Mae, together with Joe Cummins of the University of Western Ontario, has also argued that a sterility gene engineered into a crop could be transferred to other crops or wild relatives. This could severely compromise the growth of conventional crops, and cause wild relatives to become extinct. Mae and Joe articulated that this process could also produce genetic instabilities, “leading to catastrophic breakdown”. They have stated that there are no data to assure that this has not happened or cannot happen.

Mae has also argued that bacteria could acquire the bacterial gene barnase from transgenic plants. This gene kills any cell that expresses it, and lacks barstar – the specific inhibitor of barnase activity. In an article entitled ‘Chronicle of An Ecological Disaster Foretold’, Mae speculated that if a bacterium acquired the barnase gene and survived, this could make the bacteria a more dangerous pathogen. In this presentation, Mae details how all this science fits into the agenda for genetic modification, something vital to understanding where the Codex Alimentarius project is intending to take us all.

Filmed at The Alternative View 3 Event in Bristol - November 2009

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