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JUNE 2, 2016 by NATASHA LONGO
High Rate of Nut Allergies Driving GMO Non-Allergenic Super Peanuts


What's the first thing you think about when observing the high rate of nut allergies in children? Obviously toxins in foods, water, vaccines, environmental pollution, pesticides, herbicides, etc., have absolutely nothing to do with allergies right? So the most logical thing to do as a responsible society is bypass the investigation of the root cause, and just fast forward to altering the genes of the peanut to create a 'super non-allergenic genetically modified peanut' so that the peanut adapts to the dysfunctional human. That would naturally make the most sense according to scientists from the University of Western Australia.


The team of researchers has already identified genes in peanuts that when altered will be able to prevent an allergic response in humans. And since peanuts are an oilseed crop exposed to the glyphosate herbicide at levels 60 times higher above toxic exposure, you can bet the new GMO peanuts will have their DNA altered to be tolerant to the most poisonous weed killer on Earth.

The identification of the peanut genes is a world-first finding was carried out by scientists from UWA and several global research organizations including the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).


The scientists identified the genes by decoding the DNA of peanuts which will lead to many of the same talking points all GMO-based foods lay claim to, specifically increased crop productivity and nutritional value.

In North America, peanuts are specifically planted in soil where crops are heavily sprayed, in order to clean up the soil. It's not the peanuts that are as much of a problem as the toxins that the peanuts absorb.

The peanut (arachis hypogea) is actually not really a nut, but a bean -- and a peculiar one at that. It is part of the legume family, and while the large majority of beans found in this family grow in pods, the peanut plant is a lonely bush that matures its pods underneath the ground in a root system. It is primarily due to the peanuts' direct contact with a heavy dosing of glyphosate and poisonous soils that they have become harmful, and even dangerous, especially when combined with any other toxins introduced into the body.

Peanuts are an important global food source and one the most economically important crops. They are grown in more than 100 countries, with approximately 42 million tonnes produced every year.

Peanut allergies have a high prevalence around the world, affecting large portions of the global population and can cause a severe allergic response if not treated quickly.

As GMO proponents typically claim, Professor Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director- Genetic Gains from ICRISAT and also Winthrop Research Professor with UWA’s Institute of Agriculture and School of Plant Biology said the findings were an important achievement for the agricultural industry and farming community.

"This discovery brings us that one step closer to creating peanuts that will have significant benefits globally," Professor Varshney said.

Genetic modification is a crude and imprecise way of incorporating foreign genetic material (e.g. from viruses, bacteria) into crops, with unpredictable consequences. The resulting GMO foods undergo little rigorous and no long-term safety testing. Professor Varshney ignores the abundance of documented evidence on the decreased nutritional value and insists "we will also be able to produce peanuts that have more health benefits with improved nutritional value."

Professor Varshney said the next step would be to alter the genes the researchers had identified in the study and test the results in geocarpy (the productive process in the peanut), to develop new varieties of peanuts.

Sources:
PNAS


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