Study Finds Monsanto's GMO Corn Causes Organ Damage in Rodents


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Few subjects attract more ire and debate than genetically modified foods--and Monsanto reigns over the entire industry. The very idea of genetically engineering crops has always made many queasy--and now, literally so. A breakthrough report from the International Journal of Biological Sciences has just found that three separate kinds of Monsanto's genetically modified corn causes organ damage in rats.Food Freedom bluntly parses the report: "In what is being described as the first ever and most comprehensive study of the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers have linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto's GM maize." Woops. All three of the kinds of corn have been approved by numerous food safety boards, and are widely available in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.

From the study, which was carried out by the Committee of Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering:

The data "clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system," reported Gilles-Eric Séralini, a molecular biologist at the University of Caen.
Scary stuff--this may be the first time that such distinctly adverse health effects have been confirmed by science (the first paper making similar claims surfaced in 2007).

The conclusion of the report? That the "raw data from all three GMO studies reveal novel pesticide residues will be present in food and feed and may pose grave health risks to those consuming them," according to Food Freedom. Let's just reiterate that last part again: the pesticide residues will be present in food, and may pose grave health risks to anything--or anyone--eating them.

In the scientific study, the researchers have called for

"an immediate ban on the import and cultivation of these GMOs and strongly recommend additional long-term (up to two years) and multi-generational animal feeding studies on at least three species to provide true scientifically valid data on the acute and chronic toxic effects of GM crops, feed and foods."
This is big news--if this data does prove conclusive, it could be the most persuasive evidence yet that GMO cultivation is dangerous.

A post by Twilight Earth includes a rebuttal from Monsanto, and a re-rebuttal from Séralini; Huffington Post provides further reading as well.

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Tags: Food Safety | Genetically Modified Food | United States

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