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In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.
According to the study, which was summarized by Adam Shake at Twilight Earth, "Three varieties of Monsanto's GM corn - Mon 863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603 - were approved for consumption by US, European and several other national food safety authorities."
Monsanto gathered its own crude statistical data after conducting a 90-day study, even though chronic problems can rarely be found after 90 days, and concluded that the corn was safe for consumption. The stamp of approval may have been premature, however.
In the conclusion of the IJBS study, researchers wrote:
"Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others.
We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity....These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown."
Monsanto has immediately responded to the study, stating that the research is "based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings for these products."
The IJBS study's author Gilles-Eric Séralini responded to the Monsanto statement on the blog, Food Freedom, "Our study contradicts Monsanto conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs, or not proportional to the dose.
This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the only careful reanalysis of Monsanto crude statistical data."
.Article Author: Katherine Goldstein/Gazelle Emami
Source: huffingtonpost.comjournal of biological sciences
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Today,it seems you can find or create a study to back virtually anything up. With enough time, resources and money I’m convinced we could gather a research team to compile a pretty convincing argument that the moon Pandora and Na’vi people actually exist. In this situation, I think its clear both the Research group and Monsanto have agendas to protect. Monsanto like any company clearly has the incentive to hide the potential health risks caused by their products and similarly research organizations have incentive to discover and find things in their study. It’s pretty hard for research teams to continually gain funding when their studies don’t find anything. I think we should be a little cautious in formulating our opinions based on studies like these. To view a study like this as some sort of smoking gun to prove GMO’s are hazardous and Monsanto is some devil company seems to me like a weak conclusion to make. With that said, I do believe this study like many others like it in regards to GMO’s should serve as a warning sign to our federal government to research the potential long terms risks of GMO’s more extensively. At its very basic level, the role of the government is to protect the health and safety of its people and our governments complete negligence to protect our most critical lifeline – Our Food Supply – saddens and baffles me.
There is going to be a peaceful protest here in San Diego THIS SUNDAY 2/10/10 against GMO and Monsanto – who will be speaking at an international biotech conference being held here. Please come or spread the word! http://bit.ly/d5xwOX
The amount of GMOs in American grocery stores are scary. How did this just slip by? Although Whole Foods is becoming the Wal-Mart of natural food stores they do have some great policy’s. I’ve read that they don’t have any genetically modified food anywhere in the store.
@Aaron. Funny, I keep seeing your posts defending Monsanto and GMO with basically the same underlying tone. Roughly saying that we can’t blame Monsanto for trying to make a profit and we should rely on our government to regulate EVERYTHING. I take it you have no idea how much you’re asking our government to do. Do you know how many patents, supplements, etc. are produced every day? How could anyone ever regulate these products. I think what people are saying is that Monsanto has the social responsibility to do extensive studies on their own product and should recognize ANY indication that it might be harmful as a reason to stop producing it and do more research – considering we KNOW ‘normal’ corn isn’t dangerous at all!
Then Monsanto genes get into other crops and Monsanto sues and that farm is worthless after and has to shut down. We pay more for organic and safer food and eventually we can afford to eat at all… like ten bucks for baby carrots…
My daughter gets physically sick every time she eats ANYTHING with HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. She has been like this for years, I don't need Monsanto to try to deny anything.. I hzve living proof everyday.
The horror sounding headlines are misleading. Rat's do not represent all mammals.. Nevertheless, if they are marketing a organ failure product, what kind of lawsuits can they expect? Much like the tobacco industry? If the corn they are using is used ONLY for Ethanol, will that be okay?
Hello. My daughter has had issues for years. They can't figuer it out. She had bladder reflux, but has out grown that, bladder muscles are thicker now that she is older. But still stomach problems, kidney stones..We've tried pro biotics, changed her diet. And trust me, her diet is strict. Not hard to get a kid to stay away from certain things if she thinks it will keep stones away. NEVER EVER thought it maybe the vegetables I feed her. They are suppose to be "healthy." We had our own garden last year, she was pretty good for a few months. But now back to all the back pain and stomach problems. Now that I think about it, wasn't long after we ran out of what we stored from our garden, she started getting sickly again.
Tara Janes I am not surprised AT ALL! I know that AS SOON AS my daughter eats something with HFC, she has a reaction, sore throat, ear aches, sometimes leading to ear infections.. It happens like clockwork.. I don't know who is paying the EPA off to keep HFC in the food chain in this country but it's a KILLER!! I bake my own bread and make ALL my food from scratch …
Kelly Boucher MacDonald I even started beekeeping last year, just so I could use and cook with natural honey. Hubby has been baking bread for years now. My poor kid has had kidney stones (8 so far) since she was 5 years old! No parent should know what it is like to have a kid go through that kind of pain! She even has had to get a couple broken up with ultra sound. I take her to a very prominent children's hospital in the nation. Still no real answers…We've cut so many things out. Even milk, enriched flour, and I try to keep the HFC to a minimum. Which is hard because EVERYTHING has it in it anymore…Well we'll just make the garden much bigger this year. I got enough seeds from last year :) We got heirloom seeds.