Peter Olson, Goonengerry
In what may turn out to be the biggest human disaster in Australian history, two university professors have stated that a new genetically modified (GM) ‘healthy wheat’ could silence human genes and thus kill, or make permanently sick, those who eat it.
Worse still, such illness gained by eating the new GM ‘healthy wheat’ could become an inherited condition, being transferred to future offspring. Professor Carmen says children who are sometimes naturally born with this silenced-gene condition ‘tend to die by the age of about five’.
The good news is that the Australian regulatory body controlling the release of the GM wheat says that GM food is basically no different from organic food and so there will be no difference between this new GM wheat and regular wheat and so there is no cause for concern.
Professor Carmen says there is a chain of evidence to show that there is a risk the dsRNA (the contentious GM gene) may survive cooking and digestion, enter the tissues of people that eat it and silence a gene or genes in those people. Furthermore, that these changes may be passed on to future generations, with dire consequences.