'CANCER-PROMOTING TRANSGENIC RICE'

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    Cancer-Promoting Transgenic Rice

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    ISIS Press Release 09/03/04

    Cancer-Promoting Transgenic Rice

    Transgenic rice containing human insulin-like growth
    factor, known to promote cancer, is being developed
    government-funded academic researchers in Canada for
    commercial production. Prof. Joe Cummins exposes yet
    another gross violation of biosafety.

    Biotech corporations, government and academia have
    joined up to devote intense efforts into producing
    pharmaceutical products in transgenic crop plants in
    Canada. There have been many field trials, and at
    least one crop, rice genetically modified to produce
    human lactoferrin and lysozyme is being promoted for
    commercial production in the field.

    Even though the development of such pharm crops has
    begun to create a great deal of public concern and
    discussion in the United States, it has aroused scant
    attention among the Canadian public, still under the
    impression that pharm crops are restricted to the
    United States.

    Nevertheless, extremely hazardous pharm crops have
    been field tested in Canada with little or no safety
    precaution or regulatory oversight. The Canadian Food
    Inspection Agency (CFIA) is but a minor sub-department
    of Agriculture Canada, which actively promotes and
    develops transgenic crops. The Canadian news media
    have either ignored the extensive field trials or gave
    them favourable reports, in total disregard of the
    dangers resulting from contamination of the food crops
    that are mainstay of the Canadian economy.

    Recently, researchers from the University of Ottawa
    and the National Research

    Council of Canada reported that they had developed
    transgenic rice and tobacco plants to produce human
    insulin like growth factor (hIGF). The transgene is a
    synthetic form of the human gene, altered in DNA
    sequence to enhance production in plants. The activity
    of the protein produced in the plants was tested using
    an assay based on the promotion of growth of brain
    cancer cells.

    The Canadian investigators claimed that hIGH would be
    useful in treating a range of disorders: growth
    deficiency in children, insulin resistant diabetes,
    osteoporosis and AIDS. However, they have singularly
    failed to comment on the cancer-promoting abilities
    of hIGF and the dangers of exposing humans and
    animals to it, nor the potential contamination of
    food crops with hIGF. Scientific reviewers and
    journal editors have similarly neglected to discuss
    the risks of hIGF production of plants while
    promoting the clinical benefits.

    There is voluminous literature on the role of hIGF in
    cancer cell transformation and proliferation. For
    example, there is evidence on the increase in breast
    cancer risk associated with increased hIGF. Increased
    IGF has been observed in the milk of cattle treated
    with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and rBGH
    milk is considered a potential risk factor for both
    breast and gastrointestinal cancers.

    In 2001, carcasses from 386 pigs modified with IGF
    transgenes were "accidentally" marketed and consumed
    by residents of Florida. The threat to public health
    from such exposures was largely played down by
    government agencies and the news media.

    In Canada, dangerous immune-suppressive interleukin-10
    was produced in a transgenic crop planted near a
    population centre with little control over the spread
    of the transgene or the protein, the environmental and
    health impacts of the test were completely ignored.
    Canadian politicians and news media have taken a
    passive, if not outright submissive approach, allowing
    extensive testing of pharm crops without informing the
    public, let alone public consultation or discussion

    The Institute of Science in Society (www.i-
    sis.org.uk) has circulated numerous reports on the
    hazards and long term threats of transgenic pharm
    crops, which should be consulted for background
    information for all those fortunate enough to uncover
    clandestine field tests or production facilities near
    where they live. It is essential that testing and
    production of pharm crops be done with complete
    transparency, and full disclosure of the genetic
    makeup of the crop, its location and measures for
    monitoring the spread of the transgene(s) and
    product(s). The Canadian practice of undertaking
    testing and production near population centres must be
    made illegal. Monitoring of the testing or production
    facilities should be done by independent
    organizations, and the producers should provide quick
    tests, such as dip-sticks.

    Finally, in Canada, the CFIA is responsible for
    permitting and monitoring field tests of
    biopharmaceutical crops, even though they lack expert
    knowledge in the area of pharmaceuticals, the
    pharmaceutical regulator Health Canada is not involved
    until final production facilities are established.
    Regulation of hazardous biopharmaceuticals by a
    government sub-department answering to the agriculture
    department that both promotes and develops transgenic
    crops spells disaster for Canada's food crop
    production.

    End of forwarded message

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