Dun.. Dun.. Dunnn… FrankenCabbage!

“Agribusiness is in a mad rush to take over the earth, and seems willing to stop at nothing. Coming soon is cabbage with scorpion poison engineered in every cell. Of course, they claim it’s safe and will result in less pesticide use, but history and logic say otherwise. Who will wake from the insane mating between Agribiz and GMOs?” — Gaia Health Blog

They summed it up pretty well.. don’t you think? It feels like here lately new GM crops are seeking approval left and right. I often find myself asking, “When will they stop!?”

A Little Scorpion Poison With Your Cabbage

Yes you right that right my friends — scorpion poison with cabbage. Can I get a double yikes!? Why do we need scorpion poison in our cabbage? Can’t cabbage just be… well, you know, cabbage??

According to the creators, injecting scorpion (specifically Androctonus astralis one of the world’s deadliest scorpions with a toxicity equivalent to a black mamba snake) poison into every living cell of a cabbage will help reduce the use of spraying pesticides. I suppose it may reduce the actual act of spraying but because the poison will be engrained in the make-up of the cabbage, we’ll be eating all the pesticides!

Will this “solution” actually help or make matters worse? If we can recall, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready, glyphosate-resistant crops do nothing but create super bugs and super weeds!

What Kind of Testing Have They Done?

Ahhh…the golden question. Don’t you agree? They can claim this is safe for humans (*eye roll*) and bla bla bla… but where is the science? The real, unbiased science? Oh yeah, that’s right, that kind of science is usually non-existent when we deal with bio-tech.

But for real, if this scorpion poison is embedded in every single living cell of this “FrankenCabbage” then what will happen to us homo sapiens when we eat it? Will the poison be toxic to us as well?

Well, umm, you see the funny thing is, they never tested it on living healthy human cells; they tested it on diamondback moth larvae and cultured cell lines (MCF-7, also known as breast cancer cells). But wait, according to them they verified “the prokaryotically expressed toxin has apparent specific toxicity only to insect cells, but not to human cells.”

Oh and I guess I should mention as well that they only selected a section genome of the toxin, called AaIT, which is known to be poisonous to insects. Only a section….

Is that it? That’s all the testing they will do in order to ensure it is “safe” for humans to consume?

Stay tuned for FrankenCabbage to come to a store near you…


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