Don't worry, it's safe to eat: the true story of GM food, by Andrew Rowell

By Andrew Rowell

An research of technology, politics and our foodstuff creation process, this article exposes the unreal technology, political interference and mistaken regulations that threaten our nutrition offer. the writer tells the tale of BSE, revealing how most sensible scientists were muzzled and the way the epidemic maintains. Then, opposed to a backdrop of burning cows, Andrew Rowell exposes how exchange and macro-economic regulations overruled strong technology within the foot and mouth disaster. He additionally opens the black field of the so-called GM revolution to show the parable at the back of the selling. In tracing how critics are silenced within the bottom-line weather of commercialized technology and privatized wisdom, Rowell tells the real tale of the commonly publicized Pusztai GM potato scandal of the overdue Nineties and the continuing Mexican maize GM illness affair. eventually, the booklet deals radical options to make technological know-how paintings within the public curiosity and supply meals that truly is suitable for eating.

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Even the word is a misnomer. ‘The word ‘spongiform’ puts a profoundly wrong understanding on the disease’ he argues, because in some strains of TSEs you don’t get the characteristic holes at all. An important but ‘misunderstood issue is that I have known of medical neuropathologists from twenty years back say that it could not have been CJD because there was no vaculation, it could not have been BSE because there was no vaculation’. This begs the awkward question of how many samples have been misdiagnosed because the typical vaculations were not there.

115 But it was not until after Dorrell’s 1996 announcement that there was a ban on all mammalian protein to all farmed animals. It had taken ten years for the government to remove pathways of infection it could have removed from day one. But infection pathways remain, as do contamination pathways. 116 Scientists do not know if it is the continuing use of contaminated feed or vertical transfer or even contaminated pasture that means that BSE’s ‘third phase’ continues. ‘My hunch is that in 10 years time we’re going to have scientists and politicians neurotically wondering about at what level do you accept the occasional BSE animal entering the food chain’, says Professor James.

This was ‘that cattle brains and sheep’s brains were dealt with in the same way in the abattoirs which they obviously were not’. Grant believes that ‘ humans have never been seriously exposed over the centuries to the scrapie agent,’ as sheep brain’s are seldom removed to be eaten. ’24 Grant criticizes the government for ‘burying information’ and ‘doing nothing for eighteen months,’ after the first cases of BSE. Finally, she says, when the Southwood report was published, ‘MAFF stopped feeding cattle the infected brain material, but it did not cross their minds that we might be in the same boat, we humans – brilliant isn’t it.

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