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Genetically Modified Grass Begins Releasing Cyanide, Kills Texas Cattle

Tifton 85 Cyanide Grass is killing cows

When a herd of cattle suddenly died in Central Texas investigators were dispatched to the scene to investigate and now preliminary test results are blaming the animals deaths on the genetically modified grass the cows were consuming.

The cows which were grazing on an 80-acre patch owned by Jerry Abel in Elgin, Texas died several weeks ago.

Abel tells CBS Station KEYE that the grass should have been perfect since it had “a lot of leaf, it’s good grass, tested high for protein – it should have been perfect.”

The grass was a form of Bermuda known as Tifton 85 and it has been around for 15 years on the Abel farm. Unfortunately something went horribly wrong several weeks ago and according to Abel:

“When our trainer first heard the bellowing, he thought our pregnant heifer may be having a calf or something. 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.”

It turns out that the grass for some unknown reason began producing cyanide gas which is poisonous to cattle.

Other farms quickly began testing their fields and while no other cattle deaths have been reported at least several farmers found toxic cyanide in their Tifton 85 grass.

According to the Examiner the grass which has suffered from drought conditions for the last several years is now being dissected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see if some type of strange mutation may have occurred.

Update: The original report we received stated that the grass was a GMO version of Tifton 85. In fact it was a hybridized version of the product. A change in the original report was listed months after the original report surfaced via several mainstream publications. Please note the differences between hybridized grass and GMO grass.

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125 Responses to “Genetically Modified Grass Begins Releasing Cyanide, Kills Texas Cattle”

  1. Mary-Louise Mrachek

    Ya….that's why you leave things alone. Unbelievable…and are we EATING this beef or DRINKING their milk? Thanks US Govt. Thanks greedy seed companies.

  2. DeMarcus Warrick

    We gave the grass a weapon to fight with.This is how biological selection works. The Worse part is its loose… and a great survival mechanism, Will make the saying "Keep off the Grass" mean sooo much more.

  3. Sahade Alarcon de Meza

    What has the world come to? I see it as punishment from mother nature and from God for messing with what he created. In Spanish I would say : " La venganza de Gaia."

  4. Lauren Glenn

    It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature. Tragedy….. now, why is it that you need chemically modified grass when grass is cheap enough? And is no one upset that we're feeding genetically modified grass to cows on what is probably an organic farm or something?

  5. Lorraine Moran Lavoie

    I think genetically altering foods is the reason why Celiac Disease and many other food allergies are on the rise.

  6. Jennifer Schaafsma

    Take it easy folks this is not a GMO. It is a predictable occurence when you fertilize with cyanide labeled as nitrogen fertilizer and have a drought.

  7. Jennifer Schaafsma

    Take it easy folks this is not a GMO. It is a predictable occurence when you fertilize with cyanide labeled as nitrogen fertilizer and have a drought.

  8. Randy Dunn

    I feed my horses Tift 85 and they have not dropped dead yet… Tift 85 is used all the time on many ranches and fed to horses. Don't rely on 1 report.. and reread the article..

    "the grass which has suffered from drought conditions for the last several years is now being dissected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see if some type of strange mutation may have occurred."

    http://www.tifton.uga.edu/fat/tifton85.htm

  9. Randy Dunn

    I feed my horses Tift 85 and they have not dropped dead yet… Tift 85 is used all the time on many ranches and fed to horses. Don't rely on 1 report.. and reread the article..

    "the grass which has suffered from drought conditions for the last several years is now being dissected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see if some type of strange mutation may have occurred."

    http://www.tifton.uga.edu/fat/tifton85.htm

  10. Lisa Kazmier

    Baloney. YOU haven't had to deal with the results of the crap done to our food. I have. Would you like me to describe the explosive diarrhea and headaches?

  11. Lisa Kazmier

    Baloney. YOU haven't had to deal with the results of the crap done to our food. I have. Would you like me to describe the explosive diarrhea and headaches?

  12. Heather McDowell

    It's pesticides and GMO crops themselves. If you are a bee and use GMO pollen to make honey from, you are making poisoned honey for the hive to eat. Same for birds, you eat the fish or the other animals who eat GMOs and the whole food chain is ruined. Nothing is safe anymore except organic and even then, there is no guarantee that GMO pollen didn't get into the organic crops. The only way to fight it is with an airtight greenhouse to grow organic crops in.

  13. Shawn Matthews

    Why, if it was cyanide GAS, as the article contends, did the humans who investigated NOT die as well? I think this is more lame hippie propaganda to boost their organic food sales, but who knows for sure?

  14. Shawn Matthews

    People who eat only organic foods get those things, too, Lisa. Even more so.

  15. Michael Barry

    This is such a load of Horse shit. The gas has nothing to do with genetically modified grass, all grass can produce cyanide gas.

  16. Michael Barry

    Lisa Kazmier stop drinking raw milk and you'd probably feel better.

  17. Joe Stephens

    Hmm all effectively they could create grass that could inturn be used as a biological weapon against us? So now what? Trees releasing mustard gas instead is oxygen?

  18. DeYoung Chef Frank

    Yes, Cyanide kills everything, and that GMO grass could be the culprit that is causing the Bee collapse.

  19. Brian Vancleve

    genetically modified things…food, grass, whatever will eventually be the end of the human race…we as humans just can not leave anything alone, we think we are so damn smart that there has to be a way to make anything better. nature does that just fine on her own. we humans are our own worst enemy.

  20. James Lott ッ

    You know Dyslexia didn't technically exists 40-50 years ago, this is because people did not know about it and therefore couldn't diagnose it. Thanks to the wonders of science we can diagnose allergies and get to the bottom of why people feel bad. The truth is though that people in Britain have the same percentage of allergies as people in the USA. The difference is in Britain barely any food is GM whereas in the US almost 80% is.

    Do your research and don't just go along with what people tell you. Even Me.

  21. James Lott ッ

    What is different between GMO and non-GMO pollen?

    Nothing, except maybe the fertiliser used, not the plants themselves.

  22. Kay Jenkins

    Thanks for sharing this. This story about gmo grass didn't sound right AT ALL. The truth however is just as horrible. Technically the grass combined with drought did kill the cows. Those poor cows.

  23. Kay Jenkins

    Thanks for sharing this. This story about gmo grass didn't sound right AT ALL. The truth however is just as horrible. Technically the grass combined with drought did kill the cows. Those poor cows.

  24. Rebecca Beckweth

    In the 60's wheat was hybridized. A crude form of GMO.
    "Wheat is a perfect chronic poison." – Dr. William Davis

  25. Jamison Daniel Jewitt

    Researchers have been trying to find a biological basis of dyslexia since it was first identified by Oswald Berkhan in 1881 citation Berkhan, O. (February 1885). "Über die Störung der Schriftsprache bei Halbidioten und ihre Ähnlichkeit mit dem Stammeln" [About the disorder of written language of half-idiots and their similarity with dislaia]. Archiv für Psychiatrie und Nervenkrankenheiten 16 (1): 78–86. doi:10.1007/BF02227300.

  26. Jan Peters

    no, its moronic to simply attack and label someone with absolutely no intellectual response to their comment.

  27. Lorri Carr LM Cpm

    GMO = genocidally modified organism. I wonder if these MORON farmers will stop using Monsanto products now? Or do their kids have to die first?

  28. Paul Keeling

    James Lott ッ glad to see somebody thinkng outside the box. I dont support GMO foods, but this general hatred of any scientific advancement is driving me crazy. why should we care if our car runs on GMO ethanol, or GMO biodiesel? why should I care if my shirt is GMO cotton?

  29. Stephen Frost

    These people don't realise that not all "science" is created equally. The words "PEER REVIEW" mean nothing to these fearful, paranoid, sciencephobic conspiritard hippies.

  30. Bruce Stephens

    I wonder if Monsanto is the culprit of this also.

  31. Bruce Stephens

    I wonder if Monsanto is the culprit of this also.

  32. Christina Thompson

    Well the way people do research is to read, most people aren't going to go to Texas and test the grass themselves. You do bring up a good point, though. With so many lies, allegations and so much corruption it is hard to believe anything. If GM organisms were labeled there would not be as many questions and there would be a lot more answers, proof of the ill effects they cause.

  33. Christina Thompson

    Well the way people do research is to read, most people aren't going to go to Texas and test the grass themselves. You do bring up a good point, though. With so many lies, allegations and so much corruption it is hard to believe anything. If GM organisms were labeled there would not be as many questions and there would be a lot more answers, proof of the ill effects they cause.

  34. Chris LaRose

    You are wrong James! The GMO plants are VERY different, that's why they are patented. Every cell in a GM plant has been 'modified', that includes the pollen. That is why a lot of farmers, growing organic crops, are being sued by Monsanto because their fields have become contaminated by GM pollen blowing onto their fields. The pollen carries the same modified gene as the seed does.

  35. Dakota Calhoon

    Serves them right for dabbling in stuff they don't know anything about. Don't mess with Mother Nature. if people are stupid enough to associate themselves with GMO with all the condemning information online, they deserve to suffer the consequences. And that goes to all the ignorants who are eating it and getting sick from it. I'm done with educating people on the matter… and I'm glad all the stupid people are eating it.

  36. Dakota Calhoon

    is MD Dept. of Ag funded by Monsanto or other biotechs? Most ag departments are, so why should we believe you?

  37. Georgann Putintsev

    CBS & others reported on this too! What has me worried is the Drought Stricken areas of the US with tis Tifton 85 grass & any additional chemicals whether soil, deep below the surface or air borne that contributed to the Plants mechanism to survive by venting Cyanide gas. Amazing that this grass and even wild Cherry tree's can do this.

  38. Laura Riddell

    This is so wrong – the grass was not GMO it was hybrid. Big difference. This is more lies. There are plenty of reasons to not want GMO grass or wheat or corn, but lets stick to the real ones and quit trying to be fear mongers.

  39. Paula Landua

    Shawn Matthews, I am sure this picture doesn't show how they were dressed when they investigated and took samples to lab tests in a field that had just killed a bunch of cattle. I am sure they dressed in suits and protective gear that made them look like they were ready to go into outer space, so they wouldn't get exposed to what ever killed the cattle.

  40. Carrie Dobrin

    I grew up drinking raw milk and had no health issues from it EVER. Still don't. My mother and I have both been diagnosed with Celiac, and I really hope that it is NOT the cause of all the GMO stuff. I'm not thrilled with having to completely change my eating habits because of that issue. Needless fear? Not so much. There are certain things that man should not be tinkering with, and I personally feel that our food is one of those things. Take a bit of a look at the things they are finding the HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) does to people.

  41. Carrie Dobrin

    I grew up drinking raw milk and had no health issues from it EVER. Still don't. My mother and I have both been diagnosed with Celiac, and I really hope that it is NOT the cause of all the GMO stuff. I'm not thrilled with having to completely change my eating habits because of that issue. Needless fear? Not so much. There are certain things that man should not be tinkering with, and I personally feel that our food is one of those things. Take a bit of a look at the things they are finding the HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) does to people.

  42. JPauline Baker

    Yep, even you. LOL Dyslexia WAS diagnosed 40 years ago, and so were allergies. Even so I do believe GMO's are the cause of a lot of medical issues more and more of the world population are suffering from now. Initially, I believe the idea was altruistic and for the benefit of mankind, but some sadistic bastard entered the scene and went to far. Scifi and Frankenstein's monster became reality, and just like Doc Frankenstein a price is being paid for trying to be a God. Unfortunately the entire "Village" is paying the price, as are all the "Docs", and there ain't no happy ending or resurrection. GMO's ARE JUST BAD…PERIOD!

  43. George Payne III

    Cyanide when released hangs close to the ground. Cattle spend all day with their heads close to the ground we do not.

  44. Michael Crawford

    You are confused, young man, it is the plants themselves that have been changed by Monsanto and other companies. Their pollen will work on non GMO plants of the same type, this causes hybrids with unknown results. Allergies can be aggravated by modified foods, but are most often are not the original cause. Animals in controlled settings fed GMOs showed far greater rates of tumors and other problems.

  45. CarolLynn Smith

    From the comments I have to wonder how many of you "READ" this article Cyanide GRASS, the cyanide was ingested ATE not gas inhaled, it was ATE, consumed. however some types of grass regardless of being modified or NOT can become deadly to cattle & other livestock if consumed after drought conditions do some research.

  46. CarolLynn Smith

    From the comments I have to wonder how many of you "READ" this article Cyanide GRASS, the cyanide was ingested ATE not gas inhaled, it was ATE, consumed. however some types of grass regardless of being modified or NOT can become deadly to cattle & other livestock if consumed after drought conditions do some research.

  47. Mike O'Connell

    "…in the 2500 BC corn was hybridized, a crude form of GMO"

  48. Lori Yach

    These are people spreading disinformation. People lack common sense now a days….do not mess with nature. Look up GEO Engineering, they are spraying our skies too!

  49. Benjamin Scott Abruzzo

    Excetp the Bee Colapse has more to do with radio waves than GMO. But who cares about science and facts when you have a "boogie man" like GMO… which wasn't even the grass in the article.

  50. Lori Yach

    Them spraying strontium, baruim and aluminum are causing nature in general to collapse. Our skies are filled with metals and other chemicals. Its going on all over the world. Pay attention and look up! You will see it for yourself.

  51. Benjamin Scott Abruzzo

    Hey Todd, jump on the conspirasy bandwagon much? Read the above article. That wasn't GMO grass, it was hybritized grass. Almost all plants are hybritized, there are no natural apples, and corn… all edible corn is not natural.

  52. Lori Yach

    I do know I have suffered from stomach issues, bowel issues, high blood pressure, anxiety, etc…since I have cut all GMO's out of my diet, and have eaten natural, all this stuff has disappeared. I feel back a month ago and was eating some of it again…well what do you know, almost all symptoms came back. Its not rocket science to figure out what is good and bad. God made everything, and when scientist start screwing with nature, what do you think? Its healthy to change genes? Now they are spraying our skies.

  53. Zac Helmberger

    Yes cyanide gas is poisonous to just about any organism that breathes air. The grass may not directly produce cyanide gas (hydrogen cyanide) but the grass may produce prussic acid which generates cyanide in the stomachs of the cattle. Certain sorghum and sudangrasses can produce prussic acid, especially in drought conditions and when the soil is high in nitrogen and low in phosphorus.
    http://beef.osu.edu/library/prussic.html

  54. Zac Helmberger

    Hmmm… Prussic acid IS hydrogen cynanide! So it must be trapped inside the tissue of the grass and released during chewing and digestion.

  55. Joshua Iamalime Zhang

    " Soil Conservation Specialist at MD Dept of Agriculture"

    Thank you for the insight!

    EDIT: Oh and question, why would cyanide be labeled as nitrogen?

  56. John Avignone

    It's amazing how gullible people are. They so wanted their anti-science GMO nonsense to be true that they latched onto to a totally BS story. There was no GMO grass. The strain is actually a well known hybrid that's been around for decades. Shame on Inquisitr for picking up a crap story from a crap source and running the crap without verification.

    Sadly, troo bleevers won't see this as a wake up call. They'll continue to believe utter nonsense and ignore irrefutable reality. Silly, silly people, leave the Luddite anti-science paranoid idiocy to the wingnuts. It fits them so much better.

  57. Daniel Wayno

    reading comprehension comes in very handy in life, Since it said it was a hybridized version of the GMO Tifton 85. Not just some random hybrid of non GMO crops.

    Hyrbidization between GMO and non GMO crops is one of the biggest fears out there. Because sure gmo corn may have no side effects when used as a fuel(ethanol) but what if the ethanol crops cross pollinate and hybridize standard food corn crops and that makes it to the general market?

    This particular GMO crop obviously was so unstable It couldn't handle basic hybridization which happens in nature as a matter of due course. What are they gonna do grow this stuff in giant green houses with air filters to prevent the pollen from escaping?

    The fact of the matter is they don't know what they are doing when they modify these crops, because they can't see the forest for the trees.

    One day perhaps when the scientists actually know what they are doing instead of just trying to make a quick buck. We can revisit it, but cyanide producing grass could have easily killed people as well as the cows. Not to mention all of the small mammals, lizards, reptiles, and bugs that probably died along with those cows.

  58. Daniel Wayno

    reading comprehension comes in very handy in life, Since it said it was a hybridized version of the GMO Tifton 85. Not just some random hybrid of non GMO crops.

    Hyrbidization between GMO and non GMO crops is one of the biggest fears out there. Because sure gmo corn may have no side effects when used as a fuel(ethanol) but what if the ethanol crops cross pollinate and hybridize standard food corn crops and that makes it to the general market?

    This particular GMO crop obviously was so unstable It couldn't handle basic hybridization which happens in nature as a matter of due course. What are they gonna do grow this stuff in giant green houses with air filters to prevent the pollen from escaping?

    The fact of the matter is they don't know what they are doing when they modify these crops, because they can't see the forest for the trees.

    One day perhaps when the scientists actually know what they are doing instead of just trying to make a quick buck. We can revisit it, but cyanide producing grass could have easily killed people as well as the cows. Not to mention all of the small mammals, lizards, reptiles, and bugs that probably died along with those cows.

  59. Cynthia Battice-Shewchuk

    CarolLynn Smith 6th paragraph down the article clearly says …"was producing cyanide gas". I think there are a few people who don't use cognitive thinking skills when reading written text??

  60. Cynthia Battice-Shewchuk

    CarolLynn Smith 6th paragraph down the article clearly says …"was producing cyanide gas". I think there are a few people who don't use cognitive thinking skills when reading written text??

  61. Shawn Matthews

    I don't like it when ex- hippies turn profiteer and make up absurd stories to sell their lame products. Al Gore is a prime example of this.

  62. Oli Emery

    Well I don't know what you've been eating but I think you might be allergic, there is nothing wrong with the food, I live of take-aways and economy food filled with lots of lovely chemicals and I'm fine, granted it's not that tasty but what do you expect for £1.

  63. Oli Emery

    Well I don't know what you've been eating but I think you might be allergic, there is nothing wrong with the food, I live of take-aways and economy food filled with lots of lovely chemicals and I'm fine, granted it's not that tasty but what do you expect for £1.

  64. Rick Morales

    Read the FIRST sentence, the grass was consumed: i.e cows eat grass, what was producing the cyanide had to be in the grass, hell if I'd eat it!!

  65. Rick Morales

    Read the FIRST sentence, the grass was consumed: i.e cows eat grass, what was producing the cyanide had to be in the grass, hell if I'd eat it!!

  66. Peter Maguire

    Heather, from your comment I've discerned that you actually don't really know what genetically modified crops are. "GMO" is being commonly used to reference crops transformed using gene splicing methods, which is simply a tool like any other. It doesn't some how impart anything evil or damaging, and it is actually insanely safer than cross breeding – which is the method of gene splicing that we have been using for thousands of years (see this exact article for why cross breeding is dangerous).

  67. Peter Maguire

    Chris LaRose That quite literally has never happened. We all have access to Google, I suggest you take advantage of that.

  68. Peter Maguire

    Michael Crawford, the study you are referencing is one of the worst cases of science since the "Vaccines Cause Autism" paper. There is a reason it didn't get published in a real journal of science and has across the board been met with anger by the scientific community, it's because the strain of mice they used are known to have a genetic disposition to tumor formation unless an incredibly specific diet is followed. The diets fed to the rats were not released (along with massive amounts of other necessary information), and the tumor rates were random and inconsistent with their conclusions; if corn produced from Monsanto resulted in higher levels of tumor formation, then why did rats fed the highest doses of this corn have lower tumor rates than the moderate and low doses? The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment of Germany wrote an insanely good discussion on these points and more, and I recommend you go through it and see why these issues I've been slightly touching on are such a big deal – and why the study is a farce.

    Citation:
    http://www.epsoweb.org/file/1095

  69. Vyarlene King

    I read a report earlier this year stating that this was s possible event with corn and all other foods raised under drought conditions and sold to the public. The present world government system has ruined the food, water and air. I wonder if they are at war with life itself. Exxon oil now flows through a neighborhood in Arkansas, as a result of a spill which Exxon did not even know had happened.

  70. DeYoung Chef Frank

    How about when you mow it and mulch it with a mulching blade, and then let your kids go play hop-scotch in it? Also, it is a genetically modified type of Bermuda Grass that is the culprit.

  71. DeYoung Chef Frank

    You forget t hat Monsanto has a real history about lying on purpose, for the lawncare industry is in the mufti-billion dollar range. They don't give two shits if farmer Brown's horse goes tits up.

  72. DeYoung Chef Frank

    If farmer Brown's horse goes tits up, they can sell him a John Deere riding mower, so they do have a vested interest in making their toxic grass.

  73. Mitch Kirsner

    You folks lost credibility and hurt the anti GMO movement with poor research and premature reports. Look at the body of your report and then the one sentence update that says basically, "whoops, never mind, nothing to see here." You turn your infomag into a joke.

  74. Heather L Frazee

    The article stated it was a genetically modified grass. Re-read the article.

  75. Heather L Frazee

    The article stated it was a genetically modified grass. Re-read the article.

  76. DeYoung Chef Frank

    And no, radio waves are not killing the bees. The bees are collapsing from toxins sprayed in urban gardens, aerial spraying via cropdusting, and also Tracheal Mites, aside from their natural forage, dandelions and other wild flowers, being killed off by Glyphosphate herbicides.

  77. DeYoung Chef Frank

    Yes, I know this is a horse forum, but bees are an indicator species of animal health, where you have healthy bees, you have healthy horses.

  78. Kevin Barkman

    Hey Benjamin, jump on the literacy-for-adults bandwagon much? It was a hybridized version of the GMO…it's still a GMO.

  79. Dan Settles

    How about changing the title of your article too reflect the incorrect reporting?

  80. Jalen Stegman

    ITS NOT GMO GRASS. READ. It's grass that has been naturally modified through the hybridization process. Fucking read people.

  81. Jalen Stegman

    ITS NOT GMO. READ THE ARTICLES ASSHOLES! "Update: The original report we received stated that the grass was a GMO version of Tifton 85. In fact it was a hybridized version of the product."

  82. Jalen Stegman

    ITS NOT GMO. READ THE ARTICLE! "Update: The original report we received stated that the grass was a GMO version of Tifton 85. In fact it was a hybridized version of the product."

    Retards can't even read the full article…

  83. David Ray Jones

    I wonder if the "SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH" can even be believed these days, look at the chemical companies that funnel billions of dollars to these research groups that just rubber stamp the outcome to push more drugs and chemicals on the people. Integrity in research won't make you rich, just unemployed.

  84. Bridgit Gilmore

    James, I dont know about dyslexia, but autism wasn't diagnosed either, til not many years ago. And until, I dont know, lets just say 50 years ago, neither was PMS, Krone's Disease or Coelic Disease. The difference between autism and maybe dyslexia, is that they were never described in historal texts either. Whereas PMS, Krone's and Coeliac disease were describe but not 'diagnosed'.

  85. David Ray Jones

    James try to study up on GMO. I know you are a smart guy, the problem is about choice and with the proliferation of GMO produce cross pollinating with NON-GMO produce we will all be eating GMO in time and won't be able to turn back time to reverse the damage that has been done. Man believes he is so smart, I would like to see man grow a blade of grass with just some dirt.

  86. Eric Klaft

    Your "disclaimer" about the grass NOT being genetically modified belongs at the TOP of the article, in BOLD print. Anything less is deceptive…

  87. Davilyn Eversz

    You probably need to read the update. It was a hybridized version of a GMO seed. Which means it evolved on its own and created something even nastier than it already was.