What would the effects of a virus in your food be ? A virus that was not there before, and that was put there by humans. Well we don’t know. Maybe it will have no effect. But maybe it will have a tremendous effect. But the reason why will never know (until it’s too late) is because the viral gene was never tested appropriately for its effects on human health.
Scientists were doing research on GMO foods looking for possible allergens and in so doing came across viral genes in different GMO foods. They zoned in on this and found it was a repeating trend in all GMO foods that they looked at.
It became a whole new research project with data showing that this discovery is of utmost concern.
How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years?
In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene (Podevin and du Jardin 2012). This finding has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even greater ones for consumers and farmers. This is because there are clear indications that this viral gene (called Gene VI) might not be safe for human consumption. It also may disturb the normal functioning of crops, including their natural pest resistance.
- Hidden Viral Gene Discovered in GMO Crops (philosophers-stone.co.uk)
- GMO’s and How to Avoid These Foods (sjcwellness.wordpress.com)
- Hidden Viral Gene Discovered in GMO Crops. (zedie.wordpress.com)
- Secret Viruses in GMO Crops (vineoflife.net)
- More Information Ammunition Against Monsanto (& All GM Seeds and Foods) (my.firedoglake.com)