My "Shop Local" series on this blog should be understood as an invitation to create more local cooperative stores. To put more emphasis on professional training of young people to value their ambitions, - finally not everybody can serve his time at a desk... So active cooperative stores, can meet the needs of all people, old and professional overloaded with little time for daily shopping. These cooperative stores can easily initiated by the various professional organizations and promoted instead of always wallow only on how to create ever more regulations.
No consumer is simultaneously an guinea pig or a subject of the research. The possible consequences of GM food, measured against the stronger regulations for pharma-co-kinetic tests before a drug receives approval are far from being on the same level and still GM food concerns us in the same way.Perhaps this critique here is also about a helpless state in our capitalist world which sliding ever more into a new kind of feudalism because capitalism can't produce enough wealth for all when capital is concentrated in the hands of a few...
Okay, practically speaking: To buy food with a bar code is short-sighted. Bar codes are serving the trader to evaluate individual shopping habits of consumers so these data can be submitted for cheap and fast digital analysis. What remains in the shelves is what promises quick profit. Forget health-care reform drama. The same criteria apply of course also to the producers of food. The result is more and more taste design, more and more unbalanced diet and will ultimately lead us until we eventually suck our meals from the tube like astronauts.
Coming back to this potato and what the court avoided to say: Design taste was not so much the goal in the development of this genetically modified potato "Amflora". This potato contains a gene as a marker that is resistant to antibiotics. It's a marked gene that serves to find those plant cells that have taken up the new gene (which produces more potato starch), so that it finally triggered the desired properties. The concerns are based on scientifically evidential fact that the consumption of this genetically modified potato with that antibiotic resistant gene is transferred to a bacteria that also lives in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals. Bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics cause pathogens resistance to various antibiotics as well, hence then this antibiotic can no longer be used for treatments with exactly these antibiotics. One of the antibiotics against the the resistant gene is kanamycin and kanamycin is listed in the list of essential medicines by the WHO as a reserve antibiotic for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. Its like digging your own grave... and what is at stake is here in an earlier blog entry: SOS-Save Our Seeds
(1) Brandon Mitchener, Public Affairs propagandist for Monsanto Europe explains the reasons for the company to keep bad trial results secret.