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New study on Monsanto corn suggests GMO trees could devastate forest ecosystems

New study on Monsanto corn suggests GMO trees could devastate fores...

24Apr2012

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“Some trees are being genetically engineered to contain the Bt toxin,” notes Anne Peterman of Stop GE Trees.  “This could be a tremendous threat to forest ecosystem soils, in which beneficial fungi are a key component of the forest ecosystem.”

The feds have allowed seven southeastern states to plant GM forests. See Alien Forest, Alien Ocean, Alien Sky; and watch the award-winning documentary, “A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees” (2005, 46 mins) which details the appalling effects allowed by the Monsanto-owned federal government. (You can buy the full length film at Amazon.) ~ Ed.

By Ryan Villarreal
International Business Times

Bioengineering agricultural giant Monsanto has touted the safety of genetically modified crops, but a new study has found that insecticide-containing corn can be harmful to the overall health of soil ecosystems.

Genetically modified corn has been linked to a decrease in a subterranean fungus that forms a symbiotic bond with plant roots, allowing them to draw in more nutrients and water from the surrounding soil in exchange for carbon.

Researchers at Portland State University conducted a study to examine the effects of corn genetically engineered with the bacteria-derived insecticidal toxin, Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, on growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF).

AMF is important for the overall health and fertility of soil ecosystems, and was found to form less bonds with the roots of Bt cornthan with non-Bt corn.

“Because these fungi rely on a plant host for nutrition and reproduction, they may be sensitive to genetic changes within a plant, such as insect-resistant Bt corn,” Tanya Cheeke, a PhD student in biology at Portland State, told the American Journal of Botany.

Cheeke conducted the study as part of her doctoral research into the impact of genetically modified crops on soil ecosystems.

“What makes our study unique is that we evaluated AMF colonization in 14 different lines of Bt and non-Bt corn under consistent experimental conditions in a greenhouse using locally collected agricultural field soil as the AMF inoculum,” Cheeke told AJB.

Cheeke planted corn seeds containing the Bt gene and without it into soil containing AMF to simulate agricultural conditions on modern industrial farms.

Cheeke also tested AMF growth with other crops in soil formerly planted with both Bt and non-Bt corn. With soybeans planted in both soils, AMF root bonding was not harmed, leading Cheeke to conclude that the Bt gene was not directly toxic to AMF, but that its only known damage is to root bonding with Bt corn.

According to Cheeke, in 2011, 88 percent of corn cultivated in the U.S. was genetically modified with insecticides like Bt.

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Documentary- A Silent Forest. The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees- Full Movie

 

 

 
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Comment by desertrose on April 28, 2012 at 5:21am

Byron  , all we  can  do is  hope  for the  best  and  prepare  for the  worst.  never  losing hope and  putting out  as  much  positive  energy in  our  thoughts  and  in our  acts .  Hoping  against  hope that  it  makes a difference.

Remember  that the  future is not  set  in stone .  Mitigation  is a very  powerful thing we  simply  have  to have  faith and  make  sure  our  energies and intentions are  for  betterment and  positivity.  Chin up  darlin, we  will prevail :D

Comment by Byron wilkins on April 25, 2012 at 7:24pm

desertrose you are so right about about the breakneck reckless abandon speed that is only I hope a last ditch effort of the elite to totally get control before they get arrested, at least that is the way I am trying to look at it, with hope in a time that is showing very little, but promises are showing there face at every corner with no conformation yet. We are in very trying times. Oboma will be signing CISTA very soon and that is a death sentence to our freedom of speech. I am hopeing Drake is for real and we have a chance or the channels. My mind is fried on this whole mess.   

Comment by desertrose on April 25, 2012 at 5:43pm

The  FDA  has  now  started  the  move  to  reduce the  processing time in  the  approval  process for  Monsanto.  because   the time it  takes  to  investigate ( lol, right  like they  investigate  GMO's) is  money  lost  for Monsanto.  Who looks  out  for our  children's  health  and the health  of the  Eco-system?

I  don't know Byron.  All these   channels and the  galactic  messages  along with  David  Wilcock and  Benjamin Fulford talk about   all the  arrests  and  the taking  down of  the Cabal.  I see  them  gaining  speed  and   destroying more  and  more  everyday/  Our  rights  ,, our  freedoms,  or  privacy even our  right  to  clean   toxin  free  foods  is  being  taken away  at  breakneck  speed.  I  want  it  to  be  true.  But  I  just  don;t  see it.

How  much more  can this  planet  take?  How  much  more  can the  human  body  take?  It  is  frightening  to  even think  about.

Comment by Byron wilkins on April 25, 2012 at 1:16pm

When the arrests start they need to include Monsatan in the first round and burn every seed the have in the world. Give good seeds to the farmers of the world ad remove there toxic chemicals to be neutralized.

Comment by Kim B on April 25, 2012 at 12:16pm

I just can't believe Monsatan has been allowed to do what they have been doing for so long.  It is well time for it to stop.  What makes me sick is seeing farmers no-tilling their fields (those chemicals that kill the grass and weeds are horrible) and thinking it's safe for the environment.

Comment by Keith H on April 25, 2012 at 12:10pm

How much more are they going to destroy this planet before it stops?

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