GMO Hogs get $500k and Other Atrocities

While the FDA is edging toward full approval of  GMO salmon, the USDA is busy doling out your great grandchildren’s money to genetically engineer other animals. Last year, the Enviro Pig effort from Guelph University was scratched. That project was functional, and they successfully mutated hogs by splicing mouse genes into the DNA to try to address the phosphates in hog manure. The most recent pig endeavor is to monosex and halt onset of sexual maturity in hogs through genetic engineering.

A very sad aspect of this particular issue is that in Michigan, raisers of natural hogs are being economically destroyed by the Michigan DNR on a looks based (phenotype) invasive species order that has been upheld by the courts to allow the destruction of heritage hogs. So while government aids in the destruction of natural animals, they aid and abet the creation of unnatural genetic aberrations and use your wealth to commit these crimes against nature.

Enviro Pig Graphic

There were lots of internet cross postings about GMO Pigs receiving $500,000 from the USDA, but none of the articles were sourcing or naming the entities receiving this funding. I finally found the source article for these reports, and back checked through the USDA and found the grant awards reported and verified them. The issue for me in fully sourcing things is that things truly are bad enough that we do NOT have to make anything up. If it cannot be documented, I will only pass it on as “potential” information. So, the Recombinetics grant from the USDA is fully vetted, and they award their own branch almost $500k in their self-funding method. Here are the rest of the grant recipients from the USDA itself:

BRAG funding supports research in the following areas: identifying and developing practices to minimize risks associated with genetically engineered organisms; developing methods to monitor the dispersal of genetically engineered organisms; increasing knowledge about the characteristics, rates and methods of gene transfer that may occur between genetically engineered organisms and related wild and domesticated organisms; and providing analysis which compares impacts of organisms modified through genetic engineering to other types of production systems.

Fiscal Year 2012 awards include:

  • University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., Transmission genetics of sorghum to Johnsongrass gene transfer, $499,460
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Risks from field-evolved resistance to Bt corn by Western Corn Rootworm, $284,000
  • Recombinetics, Inc., St. Paul, Minn., TALEN-mediated chromosome targeting for monosexing and genetic containment in livestock, $499,915
  • Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, Albuquerque, N.M., Antibody-based paratransgenics for Pierce’s Disease: advanced methods for transmission blocking and environmental monitoring, $500,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., Molecular genetic basis of insect resistance to Bt-crops, $499,997
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y., Evaluating environmental impacts of maturing transgenic American chestnut trees and their nut crop relative to chestnut trees produced by conventional breeding, $499,892
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., Genomic approaches for Bt resistance risk assessment and improvement of regulatory triggers,  $499,999
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Gene flow networks and potential invasiveness of perennial biofuel grasses (Miscanthus), $499,940
  • The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Okla., Conference proposal: 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology, $17,500
  • International Society for Biosafety Research Inc., Washington, D.C., Conference proposal: 12th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms, $25,000
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service, Brookings, S.D., An adaptive framework for non-target risk assessment of RNAi-based, insect-resistant GM crops, $497,464″

 

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