5 thoughts on “Prions — in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease

  1. It certainly appears that CWD is escalating. Reflecting on this growth leads me to reflect on the possible interconnection between the huge increase in the use of RoundUp and other herbicides and pesticides that are applied to GMO plant monocultures such as corn and soybeans.

    These chemicals that owe their lethality to working on the very foundations of life itself, may be playing a role in the increase in the amount of prions found in our environment. Deer feed on stubble and plant residue in harvested fields where herbicidal residuals are likely in great abundance. RoundUp (glyphosate)and related chemicals are also being identified in surface water.

    This is an area that needs prompt and in depth research by independent studies freed from the constraints of monetary infusions from special interest groups.

  2. Excellent, detailed article … but scary. I hope it will get the attention it deserves.

    I woke up this morning from a nightmare about this issue, just from seeing the headline at the top of this website for several days. I had avoided READING the article until now, because I honestly didn’t want to know. (There’s already so much else to worry about that it’s all overwhelming sometimes.) But I finally decided to read the article this morning, figuring I might as well have ACCURATE nightmares if I can’t even prevent the IDEA from eating into my brain.

    So once again, I’ve had to learn about another frightening issue and another stunningly-stupid non-response from our society and government.

    How can so many people be so appallingly shortsighted and careless about the future? Why are decision-makers so willing to allow such an enormous risk to spread, simply because they lack absolute, scientific certainty about every single aspect of this threat?

    Humanity is DOOMED if we allow ourselves to be paralyzed like this every time a significant new risk is discovered. At some point, we’ll push our luck too far.

    What ever happened to the old wisdom, “Better safe, than sorry?”

    And WHY are Wisconsin leaders listening to a DEER MANAGER from Texas when he says, “It is my opinion CWD does not pose a threat to human health.”

    This man is NOT a doctor, and definitely not a medical expert concerning CWD prion risks to human health. He has no basis for making such an absolute claim, yet this non-expert is allowed to veto the carefully developed recommendations of experienced, credentialed state and national specialists who better-understand the science and TRUE risks behind this issue.

    Our future seems increasingly controlled by willfully ignorant people who rule us all based on short-term costs, expediency, wishful thinking, and gut-level OPINIONS, not science.

    Our technologies may be advancing, but the combined WISDOM of our society seems to be degenerating.

  3. Seven key points raised by this article deserve emphasis … and SHOULD spur immediate, aggressive government actions to stop the CWD epidemic:

    1. CWD prions in the laboratory can be manipulated over generations to change and become more infectious to humans.

    If this can happen in a lab, it could happen in nature. Other forms of prions have already transformed into well-known HUMAN diseases, so why do Republicans believe such a mutation is impossible, or even unlikely, for CWD? In the 1990s, a similar prion disease in England, which previously affected only livestock, suddenly mutated and jumped the “species barrier” to infect and kill 184+ people.

    2. Research has shown the molecular barriers that seem to have protected humans from infection may be more porous than some believe.

    Human bodies are not all that different from those of deer. We humans think we’re “special” and invulnerable, when really, we’re not.

    3. Lab studies have found that CWD prions can infect human prion proteins.

    CWD prions just need to mutate enough to REACH human brain proteins. Once in the brain, CWD could easily be as bad as any other fatal prion disease.

    4. CWD prions can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes.

    If CWD moves so freely in the environment and spreads all across the continent, it could become impossible to find a human food source in North American that is reliably NOT infected with CWD.

    (Other regions of the world would be smart to quarantine North American and bar imports of our products long before our infection rates get that bad.)

    5. Stems and leaves from tainted plants were infectious when injected into laboratory mice.

    Humans and animals suffering from even minor fresh cuts and scrapes might be infected just through contact with CWD infected plant material (dead or alive). Will kids have to wear rubber body suits before they play in a neighbor’s field?

    6. CWC can be transmitted animal-to-animal and via soil.

    And human-to-human when CWD successfully mutates to infect humans?

    7. CWD prions can linger in and be amplified and transmitted by soil.

    Will contaminated DUST become infectious when CWD crosses the species barrier? Will gardeners become infected with CWD when prion-contaminated soil gets into a fresh scratch from a rose bush? The possibilities are mind-boggling.

  4. I fully agree! Only until the powers to be have lost a loved one! From CWD don’t expect to much response from the Gov officials! Many Ag & Wildlife Agencies have been told not to say anything negative about Deer Farmers!

    There’s plenty of Cronies that are paid Prostitutes, with Phd”s that will say anything to defend this practice! It’s a real Joke!

    Don’t want to alarm you but Deer Farmers never Report any Deer that escape their facility’s! Michigan alone found over 500 Deer unaccounted for! Can you image how many Deer have escaped Nationwide from behind the fence!

    However, nobody’s going to silence me about what I know! I’m starting a campaign to close the borders in every state! This is going to take some Funding! Hunters and Citizen Against Deer Farming!

    Every State Must Close Their Borders! To Protect It’s Wildlife & Citizens & The Pubic Trust & The North American Conservation Model!



  5. I’ve seen hundreds of wild deer and elk eating so-called CANOLA in farmer’s fields – there is no mention of that GE crop in this story. Why?

    There never was a CANOLA plant before Monsanto’s GMO/GE onslaught on the our agriculture (food).

    “CANOLA” is a poorly thought up acronym for “CANADA OIL”. The oil came from the RAPE PLANT and was originally used as an industrial lubricant. Mustard Gas also came from the rape plant, and was used extensively as a chemical weapon during WWI…The Great War.

    “Particle bombardment (GMO/GE) can cause unpredictable changes and
    mutations in the DNA (GMO plants and other ‘food’ products) which might
    result in new types of proteins…prion.

    Proteins can have allergenic or toxic properties – no one at Monsanto did safety assessments on them.”

    (brackets mine)