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Monday, July 25, 2005


From the Guardian:
Modified genes from crops in a GM crop trial have transferred into local wild plants, creating a form of herbicide-resistant "superweed", the Guardian can reveal.

The cross-fertilisation between GM oilseed rape, a brassica, and a distantly related plant, charlock, had been discounted as virtually impossible by scientists with the environment department. It was found during a follow up to the government's three-year trials of GM crops which ended two years ago.

The new form of charlock was growing among many others in a field which had been used to grow GM rape. When scientists treated it with lethal herbicide it showed no ill-effects.
Monsanto and the other purveyors of frankenfoods have unleashed a beast which may be impossible to stop. GM crops threaten biodiversity, our food supply in general, and possibly even life on the planet. Sign the Organic Consumers Association's Millions Against Monsanto petition.

I wonder if the people at Monsanto have been genetically modified to be ultra-double-super evil. As the OCA says:
If you're talking about PCBs, Agent Orange, Bovine Growth Hormone, water privatization, biopiracy, untested/unlabeled genetically engineered organisms, or persecuting small family farmers, you're talking about the Monsanto Corporation.