The Hidden Viral Gene in GMO Crops

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recently discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene. This viral gene called Gene VI, produces a protein that is multi-functional; so far it has four known roles in the viral infection cycle:

  1. to participate in the assembly of virus particles
  2. to suppress anti-pathogen defenses by inhibiting RNA silencing (RNA silencing is an important antiviral defense mechanisms in plants and animals.)
  3. trans-activates the long RNA of a specific virus (cauliflower mosaic virus)
  4. makes plants highly susceptible to a bacterial pathogen by interfering with a common anti-pathogen defense mechanism inherent to plants

At present, we do not know how this viral gene could affect humans or animals.

Biotechnology is not just a technology: it is an experiment in the proposition that companies and corporations can perform adequate risk assessment on novel living organisms.

The biotechnology industry continues to claim that GMO technology is precise and predictable, and that their own competence and self -interest would prevent them from bringing potentially harmful products to the market….

According to the EFSA, 54 of the 86 Genetically Modified plants/seeds that have been approved for animal consumption have the viral gene. Of the 2 genetically modified plants approved by the EU for human consumption, one of them (Monsanto’s corn) has Gene VI.

The recent research by the EFSA points out that it had been assumed that virus genes are not present in the plant once it is harvested in the field; however it is now clear this is not the case.

According to the Independent Science News: “the presence of the viral gene seems to have been missed by biotech companies, universities, and government regulators. This situation represents a complete and catastrophic system failure. There are clear indications that this viral gene might not be safe for human consumption.”

In this case, non-GMO means no viral gene inside.

In light of this discovery by the European Food Safety Authority, it becomes even more important to require GMO labeling in the USA. It is amazing how much genetically modified material is in our food supply: not just the grains and crops and fruits, but yeasts and amino acids as well.

BioStar has recently gone through a lengthy and expensive process of getting our products approved and certified as Non-GMO. We continue to encourage other supplement companies to join us in voluntary labeling. Every company in supplements and feeds owe the consumers truth in labeling.


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