By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Genetic modification disturbs normal cellular functioning. This fact cannot be argued. The process of genetic engineering is dangerous simply because there is an assumption made that the cells that are genetically modified will be substantially equivalent to their counterparts, which are grown normally. This is patently absurd! Excuse the pun.

Look, here is how I see it. If I shoot you in the leg, leaving a gaping hole, then you heal up, is your leg ever the same as before the shot? NO!!!

Okay, let’s take this one step further. If a plant cell is either shot with gold particles coated with GM DNA, or has a team of genetically modified Agrobacteria set loose on it to infect it with the GM DNA, will it ever be the same? EVER?? NO!!!!!

In fact, they have no idea what will happen because, just like your leg, not one cell will heal in exactly the same way, and we will never know just how many deformities will occur, or how many side effects will be released into the environment. Take for example the ability for GM bacteria to produce a ‘toxic to humans’ poison and inject it into our food simply due to the way a bacterial cell ‘healed’ after transformation.

It is the genetic modification process itself that is dangerous. As in the Tryptophan case cited in the linked article, “there is no reasonable explanation how a highly toxic chemical could appear “out of the air” and this has never occurred before in this kind of production. Tens of thousands of similar manufacturing units have been producing millions of tons of medical substances (penicillin being the most famous), since more than fifty years without the appearance of any unwanted highly toxic chemical impurity in any case.”

“This fact is in itself very strong evidence in favour of the alternative that it was the [GM] bacteria that caused the emergence of the poison and nothing else.”

Here is the Tryptophan article. If you want to know more about the genetic engineering process, go to http://aggie.farmwars.info, or click the colorful Aggie banner on the sidebar, and view the full 35 page preview of “The Adventures of Aggie the Traveling Agrobacterium – A GMO Primer.

(C) 2010 Barbara H. Peterson

GM Tryptophan- EMS-Killed 37 and Permanently Disabled 1500 People

Source: Genetically Modified Foods, The Silent Killer

Date: June, 2007

The Showa Denko Tryptophan disaster
Genetic Engineering
The Disaster

The tryptophan disaster in the end of the 1980′s and beginning of 1990′s killed 37 and permanently disabled 1,500 people in the United States in a disease called eosonophil myalgia syndrome (EMS).

It was caused by one or more extremely poisonous substances present in a tryptophan food supplement, which was produced by genetically engineered bacteria at the Japanese firm Showa Denko.

Showa Denko destroyed the evidence that could have been used to determine the scientific cause of the problem. They destroyed the genetically engineered bacterial stocks, along with any potentially surviving specks that investigators might have recovered from the walls or the equipment in their facilities.

Was the poison created by the bacteria?


The biotech corporations stressed that eosonophil myalgia syndrome (EMS) appeared after Showa Denko had changed the production method, reducing the coal content in a carbon filter in December 1988. It was maintained that this probably had reduced the protection against chemical impurities appearing in the production process (without any explanation how they could appear).

The filter story was widely disseminated to the press worldwide as the cause of the epidemic.

But the attorney William Crist has demonstrated that this argument was totally untenable, because he found that hundreds of cases of eosonophil myalgia syndrome (EMS) occurred before reduced filtration was introduced.

Tryptophan has been produced by a large number of other producers using natural bacteria (not genetically engineered) without any similar complication in any case.

They have been using the same manufacturing methods, which are standard for this kind of production. This makes it very unikely that impurities from the production system were the culprit.

This is also what the technicians at Showa Denko argued themselves.

In addition, there is no reasonable explanation how a highly toxic chemical could appear “out of the air” and this has never occurred before in this kind of production. Tens of thousands of similar manufacturing units have been producing millions of tons of medical substances (penicillin being the most famous), since more than fifty years without the appearance of any unwanted highly toxic chemical impurity in any case.

This fact is in itself very strong evidence in favour of the alternative that it was the bacteria that caused the emergence of the poison and nothing else.

Only someone (like a lawyer of the biotech industry) who is completely ignorant of this fact could even think of suggesting something else.
Could GE have caused the appearance of the poison?

Unexpected appearance of poisons has been predicted by molecular biologists because of the way genetic engineering can disturb normal cellular functioning.

Unexpected appearance of poisons has occurred in reality as predicted in other cases.

The risk for unexpected complications is greater the larger number of genes that are inserted because it brings about a greater instability in the genetic control of metabolic processes. In this case, the bacterium had not undergone just one genetic modification but FOUR different foreign genes had been introduced.

The risk was especially great for disturbance of the natural metabolic processes in this case and consequent appearance of unexpected substances, because all the genes were directed at modifying the same cellular “production line” (for producing tryptophan).

The most suspect impurity, “EBT” was closely similar to tryptophan. It was the kind of substance that could appear due to genetic engineering. But when reports came in about EBT, soon a contradictory report appeared that indicated, absurdly enough, that even tryptophan, a natural non-toxic substance in the body, could produce EMS-like symptoms.

This confusing finding was not surprising, rather it was predictable.

As billion-dollar biotech interests were threatened, the corporations had every reason to do whatever possible to confuse the issue. READ MORE…

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