This is really the culmination of several stories that started in the 1990's when "Rising Star" Bio-tech & Chemical Company, Monsanto began the deployment of it's patented "Round-Up Ready" Genetically Modified Corn and Soy.
The operative substance "in the mix" was Glyphosate, originally patented by the Stauffer Corp. to be used first as a rust inhibitor, later as a Mineral Chelator (Binds Minerals). For a number of years, Glyphosate GMO DID reduce Chemical use, removed the need to do tilling and brought in Harvests at least comparable to standard Hybrid Strains.
However, as the new millennium progressed, the tandem product began to falter. Problems arose, (The inception of GMO, it's potential and accumulated risks-the basics: http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-basics/the-ge-process, some of the places GM shows up: http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/invisible-gm-ingredients.html, Environmental Issues: http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/invisible-gm-ingredients.html, over-all safety: http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education)
Super-Weeds began to abound causing a host of issues for Farmers, including but not limited to Equipment damage, having to use ever-increasing amounts of chemicals, having to add chemicals and "stack" traits in the seed to withstand them. (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/05/new-superweed-evolution/all/)
Monsanto announced in a story first broken in the St Louis Today Online Newspaper back in August-quickly picked up by other journals, (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120828005455/en/Alnylam-Monsanto-Form-Strategic-Alliance) their $29 Million deal with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to "advance biological technologies in the field of agriculture. The new alliance brings Alnylam’s broad RNAi-based intellectual property (IP) and proprietary technologies to Monsanto’s new BioDirect™ technology, which aims to deliver innovative biological solutions for farmers."
Surprise...not more than a month later the existence of a new RNAi Strain of GM Wheat broke from Australia because of a successful raid by Greenpeace on a test field owned by Australian Government Science Division, CSIRO.
The possible issue? I quote the excerpt:
"Experts say that the GM wheat currently in development by an Australian governmental research agency could, if ingested, shut down certain genes, leading to premature death or risk thereof to multiple generations.
The GM wheat developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) using public funds is engineered to turn off genes permanently. The organization’s intent to turn off wheat genes, however, could affect human and animal genes.
“Through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes,” says Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety. His report was published in Digital Journal."
And if your body can no longer process Carbohydrates? Not likely good. It's time for the Industry to try a little transparency and back away from shoving poorly researched products , literally, "down our throats" without the exhaustive double-blind studies the FDA demands for new drugs and food additives.
To date none of these have been done, and most research done by the Biotech Companies is "privileged and proprietary" information protected by Patent Law.
This IS a highly controversial and complex issue. Please be respectful, and whenever possible utilize links to support your opinions. I will endeavor to do the same whenever I feel I must rebut a Comment.
Argue the ideas-not the person.