Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monsanto's GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure

A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health the three GM maize varieties that formed the basis of this investigation, new side effects linked to the consumption of these cereals were revealed, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. 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 [4]. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity. This can be due to the new pesticides (herbicide or insecticide) present specifically in each type of GM maize, although unintended metabolic effects due to the mutagenic properties of the GM transformation process cannot be excluded [42]. All three GM maize varieties contain a distinctly different pesticide residue associated with their particular GM event (glyphosate and AMPA in NK 603, modified Cry1Ab in MON 810, modified Cry3Bb1 in MON 863). 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."


HuffPo commenter "pontesisto" said:
What I have a problem with is that we are all being forced to be part of Monsanto's great food experiment. I understand that respected and well meaning scientists claims these foods are perfectly safe to eat and that they will prevent future food shortage problems but I do not think it is right that they are forcing us to eat them. We should have a choice and these foods should be labeled.

That's an even-handed statement.

Why doesn't the U.S. government, and more particularly the FDA, understand that many of us do not want to participate in a toxicity experiment that enriches the truly evil Monsanto corporation. This GMO corn shit is all over the food supply. Growers of traditional corn varieties are being forced out of business by Monsanto's insane food patents and market force thuggery.

You want nutrition. You may be getting poison instead. Isn't it getting pretty hard to swallow?