Skip to comments.Scientists develop GM potato thatís immune to Irish famine fungus, late blight
Posted on 02/17/2014 11:07:12 PM PST by Olog-hai
A potato genetically modified to resist the fungus which caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845 has been developed by British scientists.
Late blight, caused by the organism Phytophthora infestans, remains the potato farmers greatest enemy to this day.
Each year UK farmers spend around £60 million keeping the infection at bay with pesticides. In a bad year, losses and control measures combined can account for half the total cost of growing potatoes.
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This is an important find.
It has never affected my potatoes, but two years ago it wiped out my tomatoes... it is so fast, it was practically overnight.
Oh no. Alex Jones now has something else to rant about
May he get GMO potatoes in his french fries, in that case.
Better late than never, I suppose.
Is that the new Chevy Spud? I’ve heard it is powered by blight.
Potato gardener ping
The Welsh had already developed a perfect hybrid potato... Non-GMO. There was some sort of demonstration because the gummit spent millions and still had not come up with the GMO version. They pelted officials with the spuds. laughing...
All “studies” on GMOs are funded by the corporations that produce them. There is excellent research easily found showing the truth. Or just eat the stuff. It is all “yours”. The elites won’t touch it worldwide for a reason.Monsanto has organic food in their lunchrooms for their employees. Personally, I will not use any product from the people who produced Agent Orange. I have family and friends still suffering from being exposed.
Great. More GMO shite to avoid.
Three years ago I bought a bottle of neem oil from Amazon for $15. I spray that stuff (diluted) over everything except salad greens. Regardless of garden culture, blight attacks my tomatoes every year. As soon as I spray with neem oil the blight is stopped and the plants are saved.
Excellent, the potential benefit to the environment is enormous.
Once again, biotech to the rescue!
thanks for your science-free opinion.
Genetic modification through hybridization is no more natural than targeted genetic modification using enzymes. **All** agricultural products are genetically modified. Only the methods have changed.
Amazing isn’t it? These anti GMO people have no basis in reality. An interesting thing to do is to read a thread on Democratic Underground about GMO. Many here on FR post much of the same BS word for word, right down to the Mansato attacks.
Too fooking late. Do not expect waves of reverse immigration from Australia, the United States and Canada.
But does Amazon use free range neems for their oil?
Of course! Who uses caged neems?
Obviously you're one of the few who thinks it's too late. The investors, those who put up the money, thought is was wise to engineer this before it was needed again.
PhyPhytophthora infestans was classified in the oomycetes and is no longer considered to be a fungus, but a “fungus-like’ organism. How sad.
can i get some fries with that
Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. Its a way to make money since farmers cant fight back and court and they settle because they have no choice.
And they have done and are doing a bucket load of things to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of NORMAL seeds.
1. Theyve bought up the seed companies across the Midwest.
2. They've written Monsanto seed laws and gotten legislators to put them through, that make cleaning, collecting and storing of seeds so onerous in terms of fees and paperwork and testing and tracking every variety and being subject to fines, that having normal seed becomes almost impossible (an NAIS approach to wiping out normal seeds). Does your state have such a seed law? Before they existed, farmers just collected the seeds and put them in sacks in the shed and used them the next year, sharing whatever they wished with friends and neighbors, selling some if they wanted. That's been killed.
In Illinois, which has such a seed law, Madigan, the Speaker of the House, his staff is Monsanto lobbyists.
3. Monsanto is pushing anti-democracy laws (Vilsack's brainchild, actually) that remove community control over their own counties so farmers and citizens can't block the planting of GMO crops even if they can contaminate other crops. So if you don't want a GM-crop that grows industrial chemicals or drugs or a rice growing with human DNA in it, in your area and mixing with your crops, tough luck.
Check the map of just where the Monsanto/Vilsack laws are and see if your state is still a democracy or is Monsantos. A farmer in Illinois told me he heard that Bush had pushed through some regulation that made this true in every state. People need to check on that.
4. For sure there are Monsanto regulations buried in the FDA right now that make a farmer's seed cleaning equipment illegal (another way to leave nothing but GM-seeds) because its now considered a "source of seed contamination." Farmer can still seed clean but the equipment now has to be certified and a farmer said it would require a million to a million and half dollar building and equipment for EACH line of seed. Seed storage facilities are also listed (another million?) and harvesting and transport equipment. And manure. Something that can contaminate seed. Notice that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not mentioned.
You could eat manure and be okay (a little grossed out but okay). Try that with pesticides and fertilizers. Indian farmers have. Their top choice for how to commit suicide to escape the debt they have been left in is to drink Monsanto pesticides.
5. Monsanto is picking off seed cleaners across the Midwest. In Pilot Grove, Missouri, in Indiana (Maurice Parr), and now in southern Illinois (Steve Hixon). And they are using US marshals and state troopers and county police
to show up in three cars to serve the poor farmers who had used Hixon as their seed cleaner, telling them that he or their neighbors turned them in, so across that 6 county areas, no one talking to neighbors and people are living in fear and those farming communities are falling apart from the suspicion Monsanto sowed. Hixons office got broken into and he thinks someone put a GPS tracking device on his equipment and thats how Monsanto found between 200-400 customers in very scattered and remote areas, and threatened them all and destroyed his business within 2 days.
So, after demanding that seed cleaners somehow be able to tell one seed from another (or be sued to kingdom come) or corrupting legislatures to put in laws about labeling of seeds that are so onerous no one can cope with them, what is Monsanto's attitude about labeling their own stuff? You guessed it - they're out there pushing laws against ANY labeling of their own GM-food and animals and of any exports to other countries. Why?
This is worth reading and counters your post:
Fewer pesticides and a $100 million in savings reallocated to more productive uses, what’s not to like?
Interesting post. The only concern I have is knowing or not knowing what I am buying. Hey I really could care less if a company sells seed that allows a farmer to grow corn in the dead of winter. Farmers can grow anything they want (that is legal of course ;-). My concern is being told what is in my food. Oh I know...the labeling will cause panic and people will go crazy because of misinformation.
I remember when the tobacco companies were required to label the warnings about tobacco products on the package. People kept on smoking because they could care less about the warnings. I think the same is true with food. The label will be put on the food and a lot of people could care less. There are all sorts of warning labels on medicine. People still use them.
I guess my thought is that so much money is spent on anti GMO labeling campaigns. Over $57,000,000 was spent in California and Washington alone. Feed the Children sells a box of food for $19.00. It will feed a child for one month. Do you know how many months of food that is? Over 3,025,000 boxes could have been purchased using the same amount of advertising money. All of this to keep three letters off a container of food or an ear of corn. Just tell me what I am eating...Better yet, you better not. My doctor would have a fit!