Quote:Canada is giving the go ahead to GMO wheat. Although it is not ready for production yet, the plans are set:
The National Research Council plans to develop genetically modified wheat in Canada â€” a measure long resisted by the countryâ€™s wheat farmers.
The NRC says Canadian wheat farmers are becoming less productive and need to adapt, especially in the face of climate change. It suggests GM wheat as a solution.
In the past week, senior NRC management has been unveiling its long-term strategy to its researchers and other staff. The goal, says a leaked copy of the plan, is to become a â€œmarket-driven organization whose primary goal is to develop and deploy technology.â€
And it says building better wheat is one of the top goals.
Canada is â€œlosing global market share for our exports,â€ it says. â€œOur annual productivity is ranked last against other top producing countries.â€ As demand rises, â€œclimate change is impacting our agricultural production.â€
The document outlines how transgenic wheat could produce new hybrids that will be â€œa game changer.â€ (Transgenic organisms have DNA modified through genetic engineering techniques, to create a desirable trait such as resistance to disease.)
But the document warns that a â€œhuge effortâ€ will be necessary to decode all the genetic material in wheat and to learn what traits can be manipulated in the lab.
Climate change? As in what massive increases in radiation? GMO is a game changer alright, as in we're all so very fucked. Theres a damn good reason Bill Gates built a seed bank in Norway to hold non gm non sterile seed of all types.
Bad news for Canada, and another loss for man.