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GM grass linked to Texas cattle deaths

KRSOne

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Anyone ever see the M Knight movie The Happening with Marky Mark?

(CBS News) ELGIN, Texas - A mysterious mass death of a herd of cattle has prompted a federal investigation in Central Texas.

Preliminary test results are blaming the deaths on the grass the cows were eating when they got sick, reports CBS Station KEYE.

The cows dropped dead several weeks ago on an 80-acre ranch owned by Jerry Abel in Elgin, just east of Austin.

Abel says he's been using the fields for cattle grazing and hay for 15 years. "A lot of leaf, it's good grass, tested high for protein - it should have been perfect," he told KEYE correspondent Lisa Leigh Kelly.

The grass is a genetically-modified form of Bermuda known as Tifton 85 which has been growing here for 15 years, feeding Abel's 18 head of Corriente cattle. Corriente are used for team roping because of their small size and horns.

"When we opened that gate to that fresh grass, they were all very anxious to get to that," said Abel.
Three weeks ago, the cattle had just been turned out to enjoy the fresh grass, when something went terribly wrong.

"When our trainer first heard the bellowing, he thought our pregnant heifer may be having a calf or something," said Abel. "But when he got down here, virtually all of the steers and heifers were on the ground. Some were already dead, and the others were already in convulsions."
Within hours, 15 of the 18 cattle were dead.

"That was very traumatic to see, because there was nothing you could do, obviously, they were dying," said Abel.

Preliminary tests revealed the Tifton 85 grass, which has been here for years, had suddenly started producing cyanide gas, poisoning the cattle....
 

MrAbovePar

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The grass is not genetically modified. It's a crossbreed using traditional methods.
 

NuttyJim

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sometimes "more isn't better". It reminds me when I travel overseas and usually end up sick for a few days after eating food that's not full of chemicals or preservatives.
 

Psychopath

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Anyone ever see the M Knight movie The Happening with Marky Mark?
No, because that movie is shite. So are all of your posts. So they have something in common.
 

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Hudson

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The grass is not genetically modified. It's a crossbreed using traditional methods.
Umm yeah...in the strictest sense of the word..that is genetic modification or actually, manipulation. You breed in certain favorable genetic aspects and out certain unfavorable aspects..it's been done for centuries.
[video=youtube;S3oz2MkRdm4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3oz2MkRdm4[/video]
Dogs, Cats, Cattle, Horses, Goats....
 

Norm Stansfield

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It's not GM grass. Here's what you could've learned with some very basic critical thinking and two quick google searches:
First, the grass involved:
Tifton 85 is the best of many F1 hybrids between PI 290884 from South Africa and Tifton 68, a highly digestible but cold susceptible hybrid that was released in 1983.
http://www.tifton.uga.edu/fat/tifton85.htm

Second, from the history of GM plants:
In the Nineties, biotechnology moved out of the laboratory into farms and shops, and became a boom industry. In 1990 the first GM food, a yeast, was approved in the UK; in 1992 the first food to be made from a GM ingredient – a vegetarian cheese – went on sale in the UK; and three years ago supermarkets started selling GM tomato purée.

The first commercially grown genetically modified food crop was a tomato created by California company in the early 1990s called the FlavrSavr, it was genetically altered so that it took longer to decompose after being picked.A variety of the tomato was used to make tomato puree that was sold in Europe in the mid-1990s, before controversy erupted over GM crops.Then in 1998, Dr Arpad Pusztai, then of the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, published research suggesting that GM potatoes, modified with an insecticide gene taken from the snowdrop, were toxic to rats in feeding trails.
http://www.gmcrops.ewebsite.com/articles/history.html

You mindless dodo.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's a double post.

Might as well put it to good use with a suggestion: could a mod possibly change the thread title to "non-GM grass linked to..."?

The last thing we need is for Ted Monsanto to own wackbag because of Kirk's poor reasoning skills.
 
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's a double post.

Might as well put it to good use with a suggestion: could a mod possibly change the thread title to "non-GM grass linked to..."?

The last thing we need is for Ted Monsanto to own wackbag because of Kirk's poor reasoning skills.
Kirk was reiterating what was stated in the article.
 

KRSOne

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's a double post.

Might as well put it to good use with a suggestion: could a mod possibly change the thread title to "non-GM grass linked to..."?

The last thing we need is for Ted Monsanto to own wackbag because of Kirk's poor reasoning skills.
Talk to CBS, its their headline.
 
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Did you have a look at these links?

Check Prussic acid poisoning, a well known condition to watch for.

http://pearlsnapsponderings.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/forage-facts-prussic-acid-poisoning/
http://forages.tamu.edu/PDF/Nitrate.pdf

And no, it isn't GM grass.

Let us know what your hero has to say about it tomorrow. All bad, I'm sure.
Like ergo... I can't put my horse out on grass before noon or in the spring as there is too much sugar in it and she can get laminitis... perhaps I shouldn't have planted that Dupont/Monsanto thermite paint coated grass... oh well.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Talk to CBS, its their headline.
It's a local CBS affiliate, not CBS News. And it's your fucking thread. So stop acting like a brat, take some responsibility for it.
 

fletcher

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You're wrong, they do it all the time.

But you don't need to sensationalize killer grass. So I'm still going with GM grass.
What about the 15 years of eating the same grass that supposedly poisoned the herd? That is one hell of a nefarious plot, WE HAVE TO WARN THE COWS!!!
 
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