Under normal growing conditions susceptible plants do not contain dangerous levels of cynaide compounds.?
Hydrogen cyanide (Prussic acid) is a poisonous chemical compound with chemical formula HCN, is a cyanide-containing compound. It is produced by certain plants under conditions of plant stress such as drought or frost. Cattle ingest the plant, and during digestion the cyanide compound is released. Risks are highest when grazing frosted sorghums and Sudangrasses that are still green.
Hay from these grasses stored for two months or more losses all its cyanide content.
Other plants that can produce Prussic acid under certain conditions are the Sorghum family, including both forage sorghum and grain sorghum (highest levels) , Sudangrass, Johnsongrass and Bermudagrass. Included as well are The Prunus family; wild black cherry, choke cherry, and pin cherry. Green flax can also produce this compound. Some non-hybridized strains can produce cyanide compounds .
Factors which increase cyanide concentration:
- Young, rapidly growing plants
- Mature plants that are stressed due to such conditions as drought, frost, wilting and trampling, herbicide damage, heavy nitrogen fertilization, and disease conditions.
Under normal growing conditions susceptible plants do not contain dangerous levels of cynaide compounds. Nitrate toxicity is another similar problem which can occur under certain conditions and can affect any plant.Canola oil contains large amounts of "isothiocyanates" - cyanide-containing compounds. Cyanide inhibits mitochondrial production of adenosine triphosphate(ATP), which is the energy molecule that fuels the mitochondria. ATP energy powers the body and keeps us healthy and young !
Why in the world would we allow any kind of genetic modification?
Is Life and this Earth to be gambled:
by teaching plants to grow pesticides in their beings..?
Kinda like we are too?