October 13, 2010

Genetically modified crops leach insecticide into the environment

Researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York, USA have detected the presence of a protein with insecticidal properties in a significant number of the 217 streams tested in the corn belt region of the American Midwest.

Genetically modified corn contains a gene from a certain bacteria, which is inserted into the plant, making it toxic to a type of beetle that eats corn. This gene produces the insecticidal protein that the scientist found at a quarter of the sites tested.

Once the corn has been harvested the stalks remain in the fields, and the decomposing plant material is washed into streams. Study spokeswoman and aquatic ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall affirmed, “Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically-modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies.”

Other researchers have pointed out that the local runoff eventually drains into regions with wider impact such as the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, which in turn flows into the sea. Researchers, we thank you for this important work showing the unnatural risks inherent in genetically modified organisms.

May humans strive instead to live in harmony with nature for an abundant and sustainable future. During a March 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed audience concerns regarding genetically modified food, pointing out a lasting way to stop the need for such detrimental production practices.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Genetically modified food is not very good for health. We don't need that. If we don't raise animals, we have enough food, extra for everybody. Even to feed freely to the hungry people, free of charge.

And still have 1 billion portions left over. The more we use chemicals and pesticides, the worse the soil becomes. That is the problem. And the more we use,the more our health will be at risk, and the more the rivers and oceans will be depleted of oxygen, the more dead zones will be created andthe less food we have and the shorter our life span.

So, the more we use organic natural farming methods the more food we have, the healthier we become and the healthier the soil will become. And from then on, the soil will recover and then we will have more and more abundance of food.

So, organic vegan farming is good for everything and good for us, and good for the farmers to have a new job, good for our health, good for the planet.


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