The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has been on an evangelical mission to convince the UK population that GM foods are safe, while at the same time GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament.
The House of Commons Catering Service made the following written statement to the Daily Mail newspaper on the 21st June
‘In line with its procurement policy, the House of Commons Catering Service avoids, wherever identifiable, the procurement of foods that contain genetically modified organisms.
‘To this end, as part of the tendering process, food suppliers are required to work to a strict GM organisms policy and give assurances that goods supplied be free from genetically modified materials.’
Paterson’s mission to convince us to accept GM foods as part of our daily diet took another bashing when it was revealed that his statement about ‘Golden Rice’ (which has been genetically modified to increase levels of carotene and Vitamin A) was a lie.
In a statement, Paterson said “Over the last 15 years, despite offering the seeds for free to those who would need them, every attempt to deploy this golden rice has been thwarted. In that time seven million children have gone blind or died.”
Scientific details of the rice were published in the journal ‘Science’ in 2000, with the first trials being conducted at ‘Louisiana State University Agricultural Center’ in 2004.
The International Rice Institute issued a statement that there is (as yet) any proof that the daily consumption of golden rice improves levels of Vitamin A in people who are deficient, and that tests on the rice would take another two years to complete.
Safety tests on whether the rice is safe for human consumption and crop growing trials have not been completed. Therefore, these seeds have not been available to communities in the Far East. Neither have (or would) any of the seeds be offered ‘for free’ because of the production by and licensing agreements of GM giant Syngenta.
The International Rice Institute estimates that golden rice may be available as a commercial product in 2014 or 2015.
So it would seem that Paterson’s enthusiasm to commit the UK population to the ingestion of ‘Frankenfoods’ is largely based on misrepresentation of the facts.
Or perhaps he is just lying to try and justify another government policy which will lead to the economic enslavement of the farming community to companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and BASF. In turn, this will lead to unnatural reactions within the human biological system (some of which are known, and others we may yet see), and the destruction of the earth’s delicate ecosystems.