Senda Verde Permaculture Eco Center
Saturday, 16 January 2010
GM Maize: may effect heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells and disturb liver metabolism.
Monsanto, proud creator of the “agent orange” (napalm) used in the Vietnam War, “round-up ultra” used by U.S. military contractors to spray on Ecuadorian peasant children (sorry, coca plants), participator in the Manhatten Project to create the atomic bomb and purveyor of genetically modified crops, has fucked-up, badly, again. And your and my health is at risk as a result.
As the Huffington Post reports, a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences on the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health has found that agricultural giant Monsanto’s GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.
According to the study, summarized 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 responded that the study is “based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning.” 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.”
Good luck to them. People who go up against the GM industry often end up smeared, blacklisted and unable to get research funding. Germany, of course, banned Monsanto’s GM maize in spring 2009. Why is Germany so often ahead of the game? A strong Green Party? Elections are around the corner people; you know who to vote for…
Thanks to Jamblichus
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