GM grass linked to Texas cattle deaths

GM grass linked to Texas cattle deaths

There are 19 comments on the CBS News story from Jun 23, 2012, titled GM grass linked to Texas cattle deaths. In it, CBS News reports that:

A cattle ranch in Elgin, Texas., where 15 head succumbed to death by cyanide poisoning after eating genetically-modified grass.

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uhoh

Santa Fe, NM

#1 Jun 23, 2012
GM scientists so arrogant have done it again
Hello

Winnemucca, NV

#2 Jun 23, 2012
Or was it a poacher saying Cyanarah....
Hello

Winnemucca, NV

#3 Jun 23, 2012
bermuda has rhizomws like alfalfa....
Hello

Winnemucca, NV

#4 Jun 23, 2012
Rhizomes...they look so bad in this picture...
Hello

Winnemucca, NV

#5 Jun 23, 2012
Could possibly be a round up...

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#6 Jun 23, 2012
And in their infinite wisdom the Senate voted NO to having people food labeled GMO so we humans can have a choice.

Since: Feb 07

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#7 Jun 23, 2012
uhoh wrote:
GM scientists so arrogant have done it again
Genetically modified grain has been kept out of East Africa for a reason.
Hello

Winnemucca, NV

#8 Jun 23, 2012
Sometimes we plant and water and God gets the increase...

“Is that all you've got?”

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#9 Jun 23, 2012
StellarKnight wrote:
And in their infinite wisdom the Senate voted NO to having people food labeled GMO so we humans can have a choice.
Click on "Monsanto's government ties"

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/news...

How an we trust this government to do right by the little guys, you know, the ones who buy their faux produce.

“Is that all you've got?”

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#10 Jun 23, 2012
Oops, make that, How "can" we...

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#11 Jun 23, 2012
Just be thankful that something intended for human consumption that was genetically modified wasn't involved. I really wonder about some of today's frankenfoods and their safety. Genetically modified foods ought to be labeled as such. Sooner or later, something like this may sicken or kill people.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#12 Jun 23, 2012
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>Click on "Monsanto's government ties"
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/news...
How an we trust this government to do right by the little guys, you know, the ones who buy their faux produce.
The trust problem is bipartisan.

“Is that all you've got?”

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#13 Jun 23, 2012
Hello wrote:
Sometimes we plant and water and God gets the increase...
Monsanto is aiming to get a percentage of the profits from everybody's crops.

http://www.nature.com/news/monsanto-may-lose-...

Their greed knows no limits.

“Is that all you've got?”

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#14 Jun 23, 2012
flbadcatowner wrote:
Just be thankful that something intended for human consumption that was genetically modified wasn't involved. I really wonder about some of today's frankenfoods and their safety. Genetically modified foods ought to be labeled as such. Sooner or later, something like this may sicken or kill people.
How do you know that dairy cows have NOT been eating this grass too? Do you really think that there is usage instructions on grass seed warning to feed it only to cattle used for entertainment purposes? They'll never warn you beforehand even if they thought it was dangerous. DDT surpluses were sold to South American countries several years after it was banned for use in the U.S.; countries that sent DNA treated produce back up North to us to eat.

Who produced DDT?

:(

“Is that all you've got?”

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#15 Jun 23, 2012
"Some" of Monsanto's dark history.

http://birthofanewearth.blogspot.com/2012/01/...

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#16 Jun 23, 2012
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>How do you know that dairy cows have NOT been eating this grass too? Do you really think that there is usage instructions on grass seed warning to feed it only to cattle used for entertainment purposes? They'll never warn you beforehand even if they thought it was dangerous. DDT surpluses were sold to South American countries several years after it was banned for use in the U.S.; countries that sent DNA treated produce back up North to us to eat.
Who produced DDT?
:(
Good point!
wilbur

Morganville, NJ

#17 Jun 23, 2012
CBS = giant fail.

1. Cyanide generation in forage grasses is a common phenomena. See:

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp...

"The cyanogenic glycoside potential is slow to decrease in drought-stricken plants containing mostly leaves. Grazing stunted plants during drought is the most common cause of poisoning of livestock by plants that produce prussic acid."

2. Tifton 85 is a garden variety hybrid, NOT GM.

http://www.tifton.uga.edu/fat/tifton85.htm

They need to correct this story as it is completely bogus.

As to all the anti-GMO kneejerkers who got taken in by this bogus baloney, next time engage brain BEFORE typing.
Roblogger

Auckland, New Zealand

#18 Jun 24, 2012
Do you watch weeds at all Wilbur?, or indeed, have you studied the latest USDA recommendations for buffer zones around GM crops because they are transgenic?,or don't they have official things on Xbox?.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#19 Jun 24, 2012
wilbur wrote:
CBS = giant fail.
1. Cyanide generation in forage grasses is a common phenomena. See:
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp...
"The cyanogenic glycoside potential is slow to decrease in drought-stricken plants containing mostly leaves. Grazing stunted plants during drought is the most common cause of poisoning of livestock by plants that produce prussic acid."
2. Tifton 85 is a garden variety hybrid, NOT GM.
http://www.tifton.uga.edu/fat/tifton85.htm
They need to correct this story as it is completely bogus.
As to all the anti-GMO kneejerkers who got taken in by this bogus baloney, next time engage brain BEFORE typing.
Even if what you say is true, it is still a hybrid and not naturally occurting grass. It may also be more prone to producing cyanide than other Bermuda grasses. It certainly should be closely scrutinized for cyanide generation before any more of it it planted for grazing purposes.

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