Just as Monsanto was announcing a five-year collaboration with Dole Foods to genetically modify broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, and spinach, researchers were uncovering signs of toxicity in its genetically modified (GM) corn. French researcher Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini recently found that three strains of Monsanto’s GM corn – all widely grown in this country – were linked to “statistically significant” signs of kidney and liver damage as well as higher blood sugar and triglyceride levels in animals.
Monsanto claims that analysis of this data is based on faulty methods and reasoning. “What we’ve shown is clearly not proof of toxicity, but signs of toxicity.” Dr. Seralini admits
However, since “these substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet,” he explains, “the health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown.”
While a number of polls show that nine out of ten Americans want GMO’s to be labeled, biotech companies have opposed this. Fortunately, organic foods are certified to be GM free, and a number of other natural food producers are adopting a voluntary non-GMO label.
SELECTED SOURCES: “Fears Grow as Study Shows Genetically Modified Crops ‘Can Cause Liver and Kidney Damage’” by David Derbyshire, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ 1/21/10 # “Group Claims Data Shows GM Corn Has ‘Signs of Toxicity’” 1/25/10 # “Monsanto Charges Ahead with Biotech Spinach, Broccoli,” 1/29/10, http://www.sustainablefoodnews.com
Story Scource: Taste for Life – Spring Cleaning March 2010
“Poison on the Platter”, is an eye-opening film, made by Mahesh Bhatt and Ajay Kanchan, illustrating how all of our lives are gonna be (adversely) affected by genetically modified foods. It is no more a farmer’s issue alone, it’s a matter of the consumers’ right to food safety.
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