The State Government has affirmed that the reports regarding the genetically modified (GM) wheat are nothing but rumors. The report, which subjected the move for suspension of GM wheat trail in Western Australia, concerning that certain varieties might lead to liver failure, has been dismissed.
Genetics lecturer, Jack Heinemann from New Zealand, has advised people not to consume the GM wheat varieties produced by CSIRO, warning that it might restrain the production of glycogen, thus affecting the liver and ultimately damaging it.
In response to the opposition, CSIRO said, "The claims had not been published in a peer-reviewed journal but would be considered by the organization and regulatory bodies along with all other relevant research".
They will be conducting trials, during which both the GM varieties and the other non-GM varieties of high amylose wheat, which is rich in resistant starch content, thus proving beneficial for the bowel health and also good for diabetic patients.
Resistant starch is one which resists digestion and escapes digestion in small intestine of healthy individuals. It is a kind of dietary fiber, which includes some benefits of both insoluble fiber and soluble fiber.
However, WA opposition Agriculture Spokesman Paul Papalia, asked Barnett government to suspend the trial. However, state's agriculture minister spokesman asserted that the variety raising concerns, in not included in trails.
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