The GMO that Could Have Killed Nearly All Life on Earth

Fritz Kreiss
Occupy Monsanto / News Report
Published: Tuesday 26 March 2013
Fortunately for us, we were fortunate to have Dr. Elaine Ingham of Oregon State University get our back and use some critical thinking.
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Meet Klebsiella Planticola, perfectly harmless and abundant in natural form, but after some tinkering by biotech scientists thinking their “invention” would save the world’s problems it very likely could have become the most deadly biological weapon known to man.  These little guys belong to a family of enterobacteria, most of them live in places like our guts in a healthy harmony, they live on the digestive systems of plants, the roots.

Normally Klebs P. partially digests incoming nutrients and produces a mildly alcoholic slime of sorts that coats the root system and helps the plants better absorb and use some nutrients, so some scientists a while back,”What if we could bioengineer these things to create alcohol super-efficiently and super strong?”  Potentially, they figured, all organic waste could be fed to this bacteria to create super potent high octane ethanol biofuel, fertilizers, grain alcohol that could be used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning, etc., solving so many of the world’s most recognized sustainability issues.  This was really, really starting to look like something amazing, so amazing it could have the potential to “Save the World.”

Engineer it they did, the newly invented biotech strain of K. planticola had become the most effective tool for creating alcohol out of decomposing organic matter ever known.  As you might expect, the scientists were so excited they were announcing their creation to the world’s scientific community as the answer to our problems, ready to release it as the  US EPA had approved it for field testing since there were no environmental toxins present in the resultant pure ethanol and mineral end product.  Fortunately for us, we were fortunate to have Dr. Elaine Ingham of Oregon State University get our back and use some critical thinking.  She instead chose to hold off the field testing so that she could do a fully controlled and enclosed test herself on wheat growing in containers.

She had one control with no Klebsiella planticola present at all, one with the natural strain, and one with the genetically engineered strain of the bacteria.  And alas, the experiment only took a week before it was quite clear that the GE bacteria killed the host plant mercilessly.  See, the thing is that alcohol is very poisonous to plants, they can’t take it at all unless diluted a very great deal; this bacteria on the other hand had been designed to produce the purest and strongest alcohol possible as quickly as possible.  So, as the good doctor had suspected, the GE strain of K. planticola quickly killed all of the exposed wheat of alcohol poisoning very quickly.  If she had only tested the toxicity of the alcohol on plants as the EPA had, she would clearly come up with the results that alcohol kills plants but we don’t have to put it on them.  She was smart enough to think a bit further, practicing the scientific principle of precaution, and recognize that they were modifying one of the most common bacteria in the world and that if any at all escaped it would quickly multiply as bacteria tend to do (the genetically altered DNA can also spread to bacteria through horizontal transfer, as if it were a bacterial flu of sorts) and could travel very quickly as it could also survive in the digestive systems of many animals, potentially going completely worldwide in a very short period of time.

One lone scientist potentially saved the world by speaking up and saying,”Maybe we shouldn’t do that,” something thatwould be nice to hear from a great deal more scientists on occasion.  Especially after all the disturbing things we’re continuing to uncover about the damages that genetically engineered foods such as most corn, soy, canola, and more.  Think first, act second, and thank you Dr. Ingham.



ABOUT Fritz Kreiss

Fritz Kreiss is the founding head of Occupy Monsanto. He has a history in natural health, nutrition, herbal medicine, Eastern Medicine, acupuncture, kinesiology, physiology, and many years of practice as a professional massage therapist and teacher.

The paper citation (long ago

The paper citation (long ago corrected though ignored by the commenter):
Holmes, M.T., E.R. Ingham, J.D. Doyle and C.W. Hendricks. 1999. Effects of Klebsiella planticola SDF20 on soil biota and wheat growth in sandy soil.
Applied Soil Ecology 11: 67-78.
"9. A literature search conducted by the authors and other scientists has established the paper mentioned in par. 2 as (Holmes, M. and E.R. Ingham. (1999) Ecological effects of genetically engineered Klebsiella planticola released into agricultural soil with varying clay content. Appl. Soil Ecol. 3:394-399.) does not exist in the scientific literature.
Yes, it's a typo that has been corrected.
”10. The 1999 edition of Applied Soil Ecology is Volume 11, not Volume 3.
Ibid.
"11. Pages 394 – 399 do not exist in volume 11, which has a total of 273 pages."
Ibid.
This was about her report to the New Zealand Royal Commission. The USDA and EPA were not ruling on it.

“This bacterium was being considered for release, and my understanding was that release was mere weeks away.”
“I was very clear in my testimony to the Commission that I had been told by individuals in the USEPA that the work done by Dr. Michael Holmes had been repeated. Dr. Michael Holmes, Dr. Lydia Watrud, and Lynn Rogers, a technician at the EPA at the time, also told me that information. Dr. Holmes heard me repeat his information a number of times. I gave that information to the Commission by saying that I understood that the USEPA had repeated the work.”
Source: http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/8951-full-story-of-the-dr-elaine-ingham-controversy-over-klebsiella-p
"...the research referenced by Dr Ingham has never been in front of the relevant authorities in the United States. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) database and the ISB database (Information Systems for Biotechnology) have no mention of any field trial application or granted approval relating to any Klebsiella planticola research. No specific citations of docket numbers or other proof of assertion have been offered by Dr Ingham.
22. Moreover, correspondence from Dr Janet Andersen (EPA, Environment Protection Agency), and Dr Sally McCammon, Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) (emails attached) indicates no record of an approval for field trials of K. planticola as submitted by Dr Ingham (Witness Brief, Exec Summ, para 2)

The headline for the current article follows that other editor's exaggeration.
“I did not say in my testimony, or at any other time, that release of genetically engineered Klebsiella planticola would end life on earth. That was a fabrication by a newspaper reporter. That this engineered bacterium could have serious implications for human life on earth is something that I would say, however. ”
The takeaway:
“..."However, at the end of the experiment, plants in soil inoculated with with SDF20 were chlorotic and wilting, while plants in the uninoculated soil and soil with SDF15 were flowering." SDF20 is the engineered bacterium, and SDF15 is the parent, not-engineered bacterium.”

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The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with Stupid People.
There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called
TM
see

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study everything on these sites - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us

Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.

Protect yourselves and let the dumb ones die off eating Stupid Food

If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans
for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there.
Good luck !

This reads like a rough

This reads like a rough draft of a a science fiction short. To get it published in any reputable SF magazine, it'll need some fleshing out and a good editorial scrape.

Organisms that rapidly kill their hosts tend not to survive well.

UTimmy, perhaps you were just

UTimmy, perhaps you were just trying to be funny, or perhaps you didn't read carefully enough to understand the threat to all life is not that the alcohol would be toxic to animals and humans, but that it is toxic to plants, and since the bacteria making it typically live on plant roots, the bacteria would likely kill most of the plant life on earth if it reproduced widely, thus almost all animal life would eventually follow by dying of starvation, because whether you are a carnivore or a vegetarian, plants are the base of the entire food chain, no plants =no food. Climate change poses a similar threat; if plants can't migrate as fast as the hardiness zones that they can survive in are shifting location, we could lose the base of most of the food chain. This is not horror fiction, it is a real-life horrific possibility, and not very funny.

Here is a good discussion of

Here is a good discussion of the issue on the GM Watch site, including a rebuttal by Dr. Elaine Ingham of criticisms of her work, as well as another pertinent response pointing out that, while she may have overstated the dangers (though it was not she, but a reporter that originated the claim about "ending life on earth"), scientists routinely make sweeping assumptions regarding benefits, safety and dangers of research that they are in no position to credibly make. (...http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/8951-full-story-of-the-dr-elaine-ingham-controversy-over-klebsiella-p...)

Currently, we have scientists saying that GMO crops are safe and pose no danger...much like the scientists who assured us of the safety of Agent Orange, DDT, Thalidomide and other disastrous products in the past.

The difference between the two positions is that she merely wants to make sure the product is completely safe before it is released, while the ones that assure us of the safety essentially want to release it and then see what happens.

While we can reverse the effects of DDT, Agent Orange, Thalidomide and other products by stopping the production and application of them, release of biological reproducing organisms CAN NOT BE RECALLED.

Clearly, the emphasis should be on thorough and responsible testing to ensure the safety of such organisms...particularly considering the dismal track record of the pronouncements of the safety of previous scientific products in the past.

Yo, people of the world. I'm

Yo, people of the world.

I'm sure you all know that Monsanto has "insurance for killing us all" and has written their corporate practice and liability policies to make sure that even if we all die, they'll not be corporately liable for that even if they were responsible. Oh, and they also will sue the FDA when we're all dead so that they can start life again and modify genetically all of us to that we can "eat Sh@$$#%$#".

Signed: Future Man that's full of "Sh...#$@@"

But is her premise accurate?

But is her premise accurate? Lakes and streams in America have been taken over by invasive fish to the detriment of local species. In this case aggressive alien fish have replaced fishing stocks used for food and pleasure. I believe Dr. Ingham's premise that bioengineered organism can spread is accurate. When dealing with bacteria witch reproduce exponentially a real danger exists if harmful bacteria are released into the wild. One cannot recall a bacteria or a fish. GMO have been sited in the death of cows. Other studies bring up concerns of organ and neurological damage to humans. I believe the absence of over whelming evidence to the safety of some GMO demand a much more cautious investigation of GMO used as food for human and animal alike.

Is it just me or was a poorly

Is it just me or was a poorly written article? The grammar was horrible, the wording was such that I had to read sentences several times. Is this the future of written journalism? Next thing you know, we'll b reading articles in txt form. smh. Here's a bit of advice. If you want to write for a living, learn to write. I'm seeing this more and more often and it's driving me crazy.

This was a terribly written

This was a terribly written article. I had to read it twice just to get the gist of what he was trying to convey. He might be a natural health healer, but he is no writer.

krisflag8r - If you are going

krisflag8r - If you are going to complain about the grammar being horrible maybe you need to take a look at your opening sentence. Also, your abbreviation of b for be, txt and smh gives further credence to my point. I believe it is time for you to turn in your Grammar Police badge

Oh boy. More bad science. In

Oh boy. More bad science. In fact, Ingham's study was incredibly flawed and taken apart by scientists from New Zealand and Australia. Among the flaws were that she cited a non-existent article, her work was not peer-reviewed, The USDA has no record of any field trial requests. The scientists concluded, "...it is our opinion that Dr Ingham has presented inaccurate, careless and exaggerated information to the Royal Commission; incorrectly interpreting published scientific information and generating speculative doomsday scenarios that are not scientifically supportable"

The USDA, which owns a patent

The USDA, which owns a patent for terminator seeds with Monsanto is no credible source regarding GMOs. Just sayin' choose a better source.

Can you please provide links

Can you please provide links to your information? What scientists concluded the quote you gave? Who do they work for? What are their qualifications?

Where the ones that "took

Where the ones that "took apart" Dr. Ingham's study industry "scientists"?

I don't know what their ties

I don't know what their ties are, if any. But yes, question the industry ties of the scientists because if they are from the industry they are liars. The facts are there were no field tests applied for, the paper she cited doesn't exist, her study wasn't peer reviewed etc. That is easily found out. Whether they are industry linked scientists or not does not discredit the facts. They gave her 48 hours to respond to clear up any mistakes they made or take issue with their conclusions. She never responded.

"9. A literature search conducted by the authors and other scientists has established the paper mentioned in par. 2 as (Holmes, M. and E.R. Ingham. (1999) Ecological effects of genetically engineered Klebsiella planticola released into agricultural soil with varying clay content. Appl. Soil Ecol. 3:394-399.) does not exist in the scientific literature.

10. The 1999 edition of Applied Soil Ecology is Volume 11, not Volume 3.

11. Pages 394 – 399 do not exist in volume 11, which has a total of 273 pages."

"...the research referenced by Dr Ingham has never been in front of the
relevant authorities in the United States. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) database and the ISB database (Information Systems for Biotechnology) have no mention of any field trial application or granted approval relating to any Klebsiella planticola research. No specific citations of docket numbers or other proof of assertion have been offered by Dr Ingham.

22. Moreover, correspondence from Dr Janet Andersen (EPA, Environment Protection Agency), and Dr Sally McCammon, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) (emails attached) indicates no record of an approval for field trials of K. planticola as submitted by Dr Ingham (Witness Brief, Exec Summ, para 2)

http://www.biotech-info.net/ingham_rebuttal.pdf

Maybe Hollywood could do a

Maybe Hollywood could do a Andromeda Strain type horror film on the premise that this thing got out. I can imagine whole towns of people drunk and dying and unable to act coherently due to the mass drunkenness. It could be 'entertaining' enough to get a big audience and real enough to scare people into forcing a lid on GMO's.

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