End of ban on genetically modified canola

Subject: End of ban on genetically modified canola
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 10:47:34 +1100
There was a story last night on TV regarding GM Canola. No long-term feeding 
studies have been 
undertaken at all. An independent feeding study on pregnant rats, half the rats 
died and the young 
had malformed of greatly reduced reproductive organs (anyone correct me if my 
memory is 
incorrect). The scientist pushing for GM canola was the head of Plant research 
at CSIRO and 
became the chief scientist for John Howard. e.g. vested interests. I think we 
all should all be 
greatly concerned about the effect of GM crops on birds.

Quoting Andrew Taylor <>:

> Courtesy wikipedia, Canola is a group of cultivars ("Canadian oil,
> low
> acid") of Brassica napus.  B. napus is often called "rapeseed" but
> not
> suprisingly "Canola" has displaced this name in marketing.
> Canola apparently does occur extensively on roadsides in areas where
> Canola is grown & transported.  Various other species in the same
> genus
> (Brassica) also occur as weeds and crops in Australia.  Gene
> transfer
> from canola crops to these species is possible.   Gene transfer to
> some
> weeds outside the genus is not impossible.  I guess the likelihood
> and the
> importance of such transfer to the environment and birds in
> particular,
> is the difficult question.
> Much more info at: 
> Andrew
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