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Barroso logra que autoricen pataca “transxénica” con resistencia ós antibióticos

O cultivo dun organismo xeneticamente modificado con resistencia ós antibióticos é un risco para a saúde pública e un negocio inmenso para as corporacións biotecnolóxicas e farmacéuticas. Isto debería ser portada dos medios informativos e debería abondar para facer dimitir ós políticos responsables (e quizá prevaricadores).

Copio un extracto da noticia segundo unha nota publicada hoxe por Greenpeace:

[…] The European Commission has just authorised the cultivation of a genetically engineered [GE] crop for the first time since 1998. Health Commissioner John Dalli, in agreement with EU President Barroso, used a procedural move — the so-called ‘written procedure’ — to authorise a genetically engineered potato and thereby avoided a debate in the College of Commissioners. The genetically engineered potato (known as Amflora) has been developed by German agro-chemical company BASF.

It is widely accepted that GE crops pose an unacceptable risk to the environment, as well as to human and animal health. However, the Health Commissioner has literally forced the authorisation of this crop without even holding a debate with his fellow Commissioners. By hiding behind bureaucratic formalities the EU Commission is essentially force-feeding Europeans with products that they don’t want. Such a decision is shocking and sets a dangerous precedent that the profit-driven agro-chemical companies will undoubtedly take advantage of.

What’s the big deal?

The BASF GE potato contains a gene resistant to certain antibiotics. The World Health Organization together with the European Medicines Agency have warned about the impact of the Amflora potato. Releasing it into the environment could raise bacterial resistance to life-saving medicines, including drugs used for the treatment of tuberculosis. And in this respect, BASF’s GE potato will come into conflict with EU law. Since 2004, it is forbidden to market crops with antibiotic resistant genes that could pose a threat to human health and the environment.

Barroso has been trying to force GE food onto the European market against the wishes of many member states and public opinion. He has allowed thousands of agro-chemicals to the markets without health or environmental safety tests. […]

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2 Marzo 2010 - Posted by | "Intellectual property", Greenpeace, Human Rights, Nature, Politics

1 comentario »

  1. Lo que no acabo de entender es ¿Qué interés puede tener un gen que anula los efectos de un antibiótico? Comprendo las teóricas ventajas que podría tener un gen que otorgase resistencia contra una bacteria ¿Pero contra un antibiótico?

    Comentario por Ángel Vázquez Hernández | 3 Marzo 2010


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