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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:46 am    Post subject: Genetically modified potato called for after new blight fear Reply with quote

Genetically modified potato called for after new blight fear.

A genetically modified variety of spud may have to be produced in Irish laboratories because of the growing threat from blight.

The fungal disease that wiped out the potato crop in the mid-19th century, causing more than 1m deaths, is posing a renewed menace after a more aggressive strain arrived, according to a leading scientist. This has prompted experts to intensify work, including using GM technology, to find a blight-resistant variety.

Dr Ewen Mullins, a research officer with Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority, said the risk of blight has become more serious in the past two years.

He said: Our research shows a new strain has come in. It migrated westward across Europe probably in the past 12 to 18 months. It was in the UK about two years ago and in the eastern counties of Ireland in 2008. It's a highly aggressive strain."

But there is still much hostility in Ireland to GM crops. In 1998, campaigners sabotaged a GM sugar-beet crop in Co Wexford, part of a trial by Monsanto, an American company. Others attacked a GM trial plot at Oak Park.

Read more here................... http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article5439525.ece

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is'nt everything we eat modified in some way or another...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been growing Sarpo Mira for the last two years - blight doesn't bother them. Large crops, large spuds, dry floury texture, good keeping qualities, good flavour...what more do you want? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:44 pm    Post subject: GM potatoes - no way! Reply with quote

I too have grown Sarpo Mira in the last two very wet summers with not a bother from blight. Other Sarpo varieties are being developed all the time, without the aid of Genetic Modification (GM) technology. We don't need it. The long term effects of this technology have not been tested as to their effect on humans. The companies who sell and exploit these products, such as Monsanto, have an apalling record in other countries such as the States, where they tie their farmer customers up in legal knots and sue anyone who happens to acquire GM plants on their land, ie where GM plants have cross-fertilized by accident. The non-GM solutions are out there, let's make use of them please.
(PS, the difference between GM and more usual methods is that with GM, genes are extracted from all sorts of unrelated plants and animals and inserted into the nucleus of the receiving plant cells, often with a bacteria or a virus as a carrier. This wouldn't happen in nature. More usual methods involve using plants' natural ability to cross-breed through pollination, or grafting.)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That description of GM modification is the best I have seen to explain the term for the ordinary lay person.Ugh!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:48 pm    Post subject: GM Veg Reply with quote

Here is a good email on GM describes how seeds are desgned to fail after one season and talks about legalality of using seeds, I got it from a sustainable living forum/website i am signed up to. if you are interested in making your own solar panels or wind turbines instructions are there,

www.earthpowernews.com/lifestyle/heirloom-vs-hybrid-seeds?utm_source=Aweber&utm_medium=email

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't let GM crops in. Bees don't work GM rape, there is suspicion that when it crosses with non-GM Rape they don't work that either. GM crops may have very far reaching consequences. It may take time to breed blight-resistant potatos but that's OK, These companies only use GM because they want profits quicker, not to help us.
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