Of mice and men II

November 22, 2008

This is not scary movie:

 

“The Italian government’s National Institute of Research on Food and Nutrition has just published a report online in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry documenting significant disturbances in the immune system of young and old mice that have been fed the GM maize MON 810 [1].”

 

old mice:

 

Grandpa is off the cob for years now, his teeth are done chewing roughage; the last corn he ate was meal in a pancake. Still, if there is any relationship between mice and men, we should ask the doctor if GM maize could pose a threat to his delicate health; we like to have him around.

 

If you wish to read further…

 

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MON810gmMaizeMiceImmuneSystem.php

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto

 

 

We should all have an Obama

November 21, 2008

You gave him your vote now let him know what you would like him to do for you.

Here is your chance to share your concerns, your hopes and your fears. Why not use it?

http://change.gov/page/s/contact

Obama led his voters to a government and now they are invited to drink. Today they have their cake and they are encouraged to eat it.

It has been a while since I was able to apreciate a politician.

This is dialogue not war…

May I help?

November 20, 2008

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GM Freeze campaign

“The campaign is calling on the Government for a Freeze on:
• the growing of genetically modified plants and the production of genetically
   modified farm animals for any commercial purpose
• imports of genetically modified foods, plants, farm crops and farm animals,
   and produce from genetically modified plants and animals
• the patenting of genetic resources for food and farm crops

The GM Freeze campaign is supported by an alliance of national organisations who share the public’s deep concern over the speed at which genetic engineering is being introduced into food and farming.

The alliance encompasses a wide range of interests including environmental campaigns, trade unions, development charities and religious groups. They are united by a belief that we must stop and think about the huge implications of this new technology and the questions that remain to be answered about its safety and impact.”

I happen to agree and silence is not much of a help.

Who do you want to design your dinner?   Inc. Corp. Ltd. and GmbH or  Nature?

Should you favor nature go to: Http://www.gmfreeze.org/

PS. The apple is not my work-art-design; if it is yours and you do not agree to illustrate this text please contact me and I shall proceed to rectify.

Rafaela

November 20, 2008

“You’re old. You weren’t old the last time I was here”

Rafaela is 7 years old, blond, freckled, all curls, and smiles. She arrived for the first time in my office four months ago with her grandmother. At that time she was company. Today she is the patient.

“How old were you the last time we met?” “12,” I reply with my best smile. She laughs and looks at her mom. “He’s old, mom; he wasn’t old the last time I was here.” Her mom does not know me. We are meeting for the first time. Her smile is half embarrassed, half amused at my being on the bench of the accused.

“Remember how we painted the last time. Draw a dog for me.”

I am always willing to reach out.

“That’s an ugly dog. You’re not good at drawing today; you were good the last time.” She is right. As hard as I try, the dog looks like something between a mythological creature and a hyena. What is wrong with me today?

Memories crowd in my defense: I am nine again. I am third place in a drawing contest and win a box of crayons from the local supermarket. You can see my orchestra of bears exhibited below silver and gold. My drawing is visible from the street. Talent is not supposed to dwindle.

My horse fares a bit better than my dog, but Rafaela is not satisfied and she is on a roll “You were better the last time”. I apologize for my off day and when we part she tilts her beautiful little head with her honest eyes and speaks words that stay with me for the rest of the day: “You weren’t old the last time I came.”

Oh, Rafaela, promise I will be young again the next time you come.

Of mice and men

November 14, 2008

Reason-induced-and-willing-anti-conception vs. food-induced-sterility.

Austrian scientists have shown that:

“Mice fed on genetically-engineered maize produce fewer offspring than those fed on natural foods”

The study was presented by the lead author at a scientific seminar in Vienna, Austria; Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek, Professor for veterinary Medicine at the University of Vienna.

If this is an effective method of anti-conception in humans is still to be seen; the matter awaits further study.

Imagine parents adding the following piece of advice to their ever growing to-and-not-to-do list for the endangered species they call their offspring: “…and listen Joe, no GM foods before you have had your kids!”

I’m mostly concerned about my son …as for me; I was getting a vasectomy any way.

The upside of the study – if we can guarantee the effect – is that this way we might be able to free ourselves from rat poison; lay out a few cobs of genetically modified corn and then just wait; a few generations and adieu rodents! How easy would that be; a mice holocaust …and who would miss them?

If you want to keep yourself informed swing by the heroes of my youth, the people at Greenpeace; I just like the way they look out for our garden.

Here is their link:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/releases/ge-threat-to-fertility-11112008