GM foods from china, milk

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by beast, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    Cows churn out "human breast milk"
    ReutersBy Haze Fan and Maxim Duncan | Reuters – 8 hrs ago

    Cows churn out "human breast milk" - Yahoo! News

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Moo-ove over, Mum.

    Chinese scientists have produced a herd of genetically modified cows that make milk that could substitute for human breast milk -- a possible alternative to formula in a nation rocked by tainted milk powder scandals.

    Researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology of the China Agricultural University introduced human genetic coding into the DNA of Holstein dairy cow embryos, then transferred the embryos into cow surrogates.

    In 2003, after years of testing on mice, scientists managed to create the first cow that could produce milk with the same nutritional properties as human breast milk, but with a taste even stronger and sweeter.

    "The genetically modified cow milk is 80 percent the same as human breast milk," said Li Ning, a professor and the project's director as well as lead researcher.

    "Our modified cow milk contains several major properties of human milk, in particular proteins and antibodies which we believe are good for our health and able to improve our immune system."

    Over 300 cloned cattle now live on an experimental farm in suburban Beijing, with new calves delivered every week.

    Li's team, which is supported by a major Chinese biotechnology company, aims to have an affordable form of the milk on the market within three years.

    Behind their efforts is a series of poisonings and toxin scandals that have shaken consumer trust in China's dairy sector and its products.

    In 2008, at least six children died and nearly 300,000 fell ill from drinking powdered milk laced with melamine, an industrial chemical added to low quality or diluted milk to fool inspectors checking for protein levels.


    Before the milk can be marketed, for other people as well as babies, stricter safety tests are needed, Li said.

    "In fact, we still need to conduct clinical trials on human beings with volunteers and finally prove that the cow milk is good and safe for the elderly, infants and the ill, especially those suffering from chronic diseases," Lid added.

    "Only after these steps are completed can the government examine it and approve a certificate for its commercial use."

    Despite the potential, the team's breakthrough has drawn criticism from opponents of genetically modified food who question the safety of the milk for humans. Others worry about the impact on the cows' health.

    Greenpeace notes that China has been investing considerably in genetically modified food research in recent years, despite the lack of a credible, independent system of supervision and inspection.

    It also insists that genetically modified products should not be allowed to enter the human food chain.

    Chinese parents had a mixed response, with some wary but willing to give the milk a try while others were far more cautious.

    "I won't try it. Even if it's similar to human breast milk, it's still genetically modified," said a woman who gave her family name as Lu, the mother of a 14-month-old girl.

    "I think natural products are much better. I don't know what might happen if my daughter consumes genetically modified things."

    (Reporting by Reuters TV; editing by Elaine Lies)
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Smart lady. And don't forget the hormones and antibiotics which are usually required to even have cattle. What goes in, must come out. Yeah, this is a very bad thing. The next thing you will know, babies will contract viruses which are incapable of being thwarted by their immune system, and the super-bugs will establish a new black plague era for humanity.
  3. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    The containers arn't as attractive either....;)
  4. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    and if that isnt bad enuff.....

    Japan scientist makes meat out of poo

    Japan scientist makes meat out of poo // Current

    Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached the scientist because of an overabundance of sewage mud. They asked him to explore the possible uses of the sewage and Ikeda found that the mud contained a great deal of protein because of all the bacteria.

    The researchers then extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put it in an exploder which created the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The researchers color the poop meat red with food coloring and enhance the flavor with soy protein. Initial tests have people saying it even tastes like beef.
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Soylent green is coming --
  6. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    or is it soylent red?
  7. Kingfish

    Kingfish Self Reliant

  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    WOW! And I thought the Spider Goats were weird......... :rolleyes:
  9. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Thank God that I know how to hunt...:rolleyes:
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Don't think the North American deer population is unaffected. Better do some research there.
  11. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Exactly my thought when seeing a recent E-mail pic of a '47-point deer', with the weirdest rack I've ever seen! He's been into some Monsanto Goodness, for sure.......... :rolleyes:
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