Prop 37 - GM maize 'has polluted rivers across the United States'

An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.

The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM maize and other cereal crops to protect them against insects such as the European corn borer beetle. Scientists have detected the insecticide in a significant number of streams draining the great corn belt of the American mid-West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is another classic example of a new technology sold to the public without thinking it all the way through. The maize plants had a gene added that forced them to produce an insecticide in the entire plant. When the non-crop portion of the plants decompose after harvest, the toxin drains off into streams and rivers where it accumulates, poisoning the environment, including benign and necessary insects which aid pollination of food crops.

And again, we expect corporations to stop all thinking once the product is paid for, but the US Government justifies its control over our lives and the pillaging of our wealth with thew promise that it will exercise oversight on potentially dangerous behaviors of corporations, such as when the SEC was supposed to keep an eye on Bernie Madoff (but didn't), the Bureau of Mine Safety was supposed to keep the mines from caving in (they didn't) and the MMS was supposed to make sure oil drilling didn't pose a hazard to the nation (they didn't do that either). In this case, with genetic engineering being the most dangerous technology to be allowed into the wild, proper oversight should have been exercised to consider what happens to the environment when the product ends its useful life and breaks free into the wild, such as the transfer of the "Roundup Ready" gene from food crops into Pigweed. Once again we are looking at a total failure of the US Government to protect the interests of ordinary Americans.

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