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Natural News By J. D. Heyes Posted Sun., April 17, 2016
If you think our genetic food chain has been royally screwed up by big bio-ag’s like Monsanto and Syngenta, and massively over-processed by Big Food, things are just about to get a whole lot worse, and what’s more, our own government is doing it to us – yet again.
As reported by Business Insider, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a letter to the public last week confirming that the agency does not plan to regulate a mushroom that has been genetically modified so that it won’t turn brown.
The letter was in response to an inquiry from mushroom developer Dr. Yinong Yang, of the College of Agricultural Services at Penn State University, about whether a division of the USDA would be seeking to regulate the mushroom.
This decision, wherever it ultimately came from, is in contrast to the USDA’s previous approach with GMOs, which are regulated by the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). That division supposedly monitors new genetically modified foods that “may pose a risk to plant health,” according to the agency’s website.
The mushroom is not the first crop to be modified using the controversial gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9, but it is the first plant that the USDA says is not subject to regulation. “That means everything we know about genetically modified food may be about to change,” Business Insider noted.
As reported by the website Ensia:
in January, CRISPR is expected to bring about big changes within the food chain, and as you might imagine, the potential for lasting genetic damage of foods is high. What used to take researchers weeks, months and years of genetic tinkering to accomplish, CRISPR can do in a fraction of the time.
Now, scientists and countries are falling all over themselves to exploit and advance the technology, and for a range of uses and purposes – some of which are not likely to be ethical or smart.”
As for the USDA’s decision not to subject this new GMO mushroom to its own rules, the department ostensibly made its decision because the CRISPR-edited mushroom does not contain any “introduced genetic material” or foreign DNA, so it is not considered a threat to other plants.
As for its short- or long-term affects on humans, we simply don’t know yet and, as NaturalNews editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger notes, that’s the problem – that, and the fact that no one knows where this neglect will lead.
“The USDA is now using planet Earth as its own corporate-run science experiment, and the potential for uncontrollable, catastrophic results is so high that eventual genetic disaster is a near-certainty,” he added.