HIGHTOWER: The Butterfly Effect

Have you heard of the "Butterfly Effect"? It's a scientific concept that says, in essence, the flapping of a million butterfly wings in central Mexico can have consequences in New York City, Rome, or Hong Kong.The notion is that our physical world is more intricately balanced than we know, and that we can't mess with Nature in one place and think it won't bite us on the butt somewhere else. Among those who are messing big time with nature are the biotech giants, led by DuPont, Monsanto, and Novartis. Their intention is no less arrogant than to remake the world's food supply by putting them in tomatoes, and genes from peanuts to put in potatoes. Not to worry, they say, those genetically-manipulated plants will do no harm.Oh? Ask the butterflies. These corporations have genetically-altered a seed that produces corn with Bt toxin throughout the plant. So, when the corn borer nibbles on the plant, the borer dies. No chance that any other life will be taken, promised the biotechers. About a fourth of the U.S. corn crop now comes from this altered seed.But -- oops! -- Cornell University researchers recently found . This is no small deal, since half of North Amercia's beautiful, orange and black monarchs breed in the Midwest corn belt. A scientific critic asks: "Why is it that this study was not done before the approval of Bt corn? This should serve as a warning that there are more unpleasant surprises ahead."Well surely, you say, these biotech foods have been proven safe for my family to eat. Right? Wrong. There have been no human tests done -- so you are the guinea pig.This is Jim Hightower saying ... to learn more, contact the Union of Concerned Scientists at www.ucsusa.org.

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