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Published May 2002 - Last Updated March 2005
LGVN environment - GM Crops

2005: GM study shows potential 'harm' to environment

Final tests of genetically modified crops grown in the UK have shown to have significant damage to the environment and wildlife. Scientists also say that the effects of GM damage could linger in fields indefinitely. The tests have shown to dramatically reduce the growth of wild flowers (called weeds) which are home to insects and therefore food for birds.

From 2002: British government try to bury devastaing news about GM tests.

GM crops are breeding with plants in the wild. Alarming results from official trials of GM crops in Britain are severely jeopardising Government plans for growing them commercially.

Over the 2002 Christmas celebrations a story, which could prove significant for the future of geneticaly modified crops was buried in the pages of little viewed web site.

The results, in a new British Government report, show for the first time that GM crops are interbreeding on a large scale with conventional crops. But it doesn't stop there. It's also been found that GM crops are effecting wild flowers.
The report is so devastating to the Government's case for GM crops that ministers tried to bury the news by slipping in the information on a Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website on Christmas Eve. That's the one day in the year when no newspapers are being prepared. Even then, the department published only a heavily edited summary of the main report. Unusually, the full report, which will contain much more devastating detail, was withheld from publication on the website. Defra said it was available on request. UK newspaper The Independent on Sunday asked for the report, which is the result of six years of monitoring of GM crops in Britain, but Defra said no one was available to provide it.
The report is politically explosive because it gives the first results from the official farm trials,

GM Crops are now infiltrating wild crops in Mexico

Contrary to governments reassurance that GM crops would not cross-pollinate with the planets natural wild plant diversity, scientists have found DNA from genetically modified crops in wild maize growing on remote mountains in Mexico, 100 kilometres from the nearest industrially farmed GM crops.

The authors of the study, say they found the results hard to believe. However they saw them verified by a Mexican Government follow up that some of the wild samples were contaminated with telltale sections of DNA from GM crops.

Predictably arrogant in their response, pro GM associations say that although the findings are "a good piece of research" "it contained no real surprises".

Monarch Butterfly under serious threat from GM Crops

A new and additional threat faces the monarch butterfly during their migration to North America. Pollen from gene altered corn appears to be killing the butterflies. Milkweed grows in abundance amongst and around the corn. Pollen from the corn lands on the Milkweed, which is a favorite food of the Monarch. One in five monarch larvae are known to be dying after being exposed to the toxic corn pollen.

More on the Monarch Butterfly

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