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Re-engineering life? The dangers of 'next generation' biofuels . #GMO The Ecologist

Re-engineering life? The dangers of 'next generation' biofuels . #GMO The Ecologist

In one experiment, all wheat plants grown in soil with the GE microbe died, and all those grown without it survived. It was a troubling finding, with one reporter writing that the GE bacterium could have wiped out all life on earth had it been released. In the UK, the use of genetically engineered (GE) microbes in biofuel production is approved by the Health and Safety Executive , which has seen its budget slashed by 40% since 2010. In the US, such supposedly 'contained' use of GE microbes is waved through by the Environmental Protection Agency without any risk assessment . And up against these weak or under-resourced regulators are some of the world's biggest and most powerful companies, developing or using genetically engineered microbes for biofuel production. Among them are big biotech firms including DuPont and Novozymes, energy corporations such as Abengoa and BP, an...

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