GM Corn Protein Has Spread
To Non-GM Corn Expert Reveals
An American agricultural biotechnology expert has raised concerns following revelations that the protein found in a type of genetically modified corn has spread to other varieties of corn seed.
GM StarLink corn was genetically engineered to produce a more pest-resistant plant.
But because the StarLink protein could cause an allergic reaction in some people the crop has not been approved for human consumption.
Biotechnology industry consultant Chris Klose says the big biotechnology companies are not treating consumer concerns about genetic modification seriously enough.
"It is basically tampering with the very essence of life itself," he said.
"I mean this is a serious issue and the idea of escape is a very real concern to me, it may not be to a lot of people."
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