Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Scientific Community Urges Long-Term GMO Safety Studies – But Are Ignored

By Theodora Filis

A new report, published in Environmental Sciences Europe on March 1, 2011, confirms a diet of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) effects the liver and kidney, the major reactive organs in cases of chronic food toxicity. “Other organs may be affected too, such as the heart and spleen, or blood cells,” stated the paper. “In fact some of the animals fed genetically modified organisms had altered body weights in at least one gender, which is “a very good predictor of side effects in various organs.”

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) also reports that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid Genetically Modified (GM) foods.

Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.

Numerous scientific studies have found a link between the most common GMOs (in particular, GM maize (corn) and soybeans) and severe organ problems in rats and mice. Data from several independent studies indicate liver and kidney problems as end points of GMO diet effects.

GMOs tend to affect different genders in a slightly different way. Males were more affected than females, however, with the same overall negative result.

There are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us.
Safety assessments are too superficial to even identify most of the potential dangers from GMOs.

French Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, molecular endocrinologist at the University of Caen and a member of two French government commissions evaluating GM food, found that several varieties of GM crops, showed statistically significant problems in animal studies that regulators have not pursued with follow-up research.

Seralini said the effects of the GM crops were similar to that of pesticides, including inflammation disorders, and problems with livers and kidneys, two major organs involved with detoxification.

Biology Professor, Bela Darvas, of Hungary's Debrecen University, discovered that Monsanto’s Mon 810 (a variety of genetically modified maize (corn) developed by Monsanto Company and marketed with the trade name YieldGard) is lethal to two Hungarian protected species and one insect classified as rare. Monsanto has refused to give Professor Darvas any more Mon 810 corn to use in his tests. Monsanto also refused his request for Mon 863, another GM variety.

So, not only has MON 810 been shown to cause serious damage to animals, but it may also wipe out protected plant and insect species. Of course, adding to the potential devastation is the fact that corn is a wind-pollinated plant, which means it depends on the wind for pollination.

While growers of GM food often say their crops will be contained and unable to contaminate nearby fields, from an environmental perspective contamination between GM and non-GM crops is generally acknowledged to be unavoidable.

Really what can stop wind, tornadoes or other weather from blowing or transporting GM pollen or seeds over onto non-GM crops?

Not a whole lot.