A variety of genetically modified corn that was approved for human consumption in 2006 caused signs of liver and kidney toxicity as well as hormonal changes in rats, as reported by a study performed by researchers from the Committee for Independent Research and Genetic Engineering at the University of Caen in France.
The corn in question, MON863, is made by the Monsanto Company and is approved for use in the United States. It has had a gene inserted from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which causes the plant’s cells to produce a pesticide. Doesn’t that sound like something you want to have served at your next meal?
Researchers fed rats either unmodified corn or diets containing modified corn for 90 days. The rats that ate modified corn were found to exhibit signs of liver and kidney toxicity, as well as signs of hormonal changes. But wait there’s more…
Male rats lost an average of 3.3% of their body weight, and their excretion of phosphorus and sodium decreased. Female rats gained an average of 3.7% of their body weight, while their triglyceride levels increased by 24 to 40%.
The mechanism that causes the toxicity is not yet known, but the expressed concern that the methods used by Monsanto in initial testing of the corn were statistically flawed. They even called their own tests “the best mammalian toxicity tests available.”
Greenpeace responded to the study by calling for an immediate recall of all MON863 corn and the reassessment of all genetically modified foods currently approved for the market.
Lead study author Gilles Eric Seralini stated the independent evaluation shows there are signs of toxicity, and nobody can say scientifically and seriously that the consumption of the transgenic maize MON863 is safe and good for health.”
Editors Comment: It seems the more these GM foods are tested, the more frightening the implications seem to be for human health. When companies like Monsanto do their own in-house testing, results are mysteriously favorable in nearly all cases, but when independent labs run their own tests, the results are downright shocking.
I find it interesting that the FDA believes U.S. consumers should not be allowed to know which foods are genetically modified and which ones aren’t. The push for honest labeling of GM foods has been blockaded by corporate interests and corrupt federal regulators. If you share in my concern, here is a resource you may want to visit:
The Campaign for labeling of GM foods: http://www.thecampaign.org
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