New Study Exposes Dangers of Monsanto's Frankenfoods
Genetically Modified Foods Now Shown Unsafe
In the most complete study yet on the health dangers of Monsanto's genetically modified corn researchers from CRIIGEN and the universities of Caen and Rouen have revealed new side effects linked with their consumption.
The analysis of Monsanto's trials clearly highlights adverse effects on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as damage to the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and other organs. This new research only became possible when the European Union obtained Monsanto's raw data and made it publicly available.
Now, for the first time, researchers have been able to obejctively and independently analyze Monsanto's data! Needless to say, there is a huge difference between how Monsanto wants to spin the studies versus what independent scientists concluded --- that all three GMOs contain new pesticide residues which can cause serious health risks. The scientists called for immediate prohibition on the import and cultivation of these GMOs in Europe and have strongly recommended 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.
The GMO issue is even more important for the raw food community. I believe that GMO's are one of the single biggest threats to sustainable life as we know it. The other is climate change. One of the reasons I am a raw foodist is that it is the single biggest thing I can do to protect the environment! Buying locally produced organic produce not only avoids GMO's and pesticides, it avoids buysing foods grown in thrid-world countries by exploited workers and shipped as much as 8,000 miles or more, using up climate-changing resources of water, fuel and electricity. In addition, by avoiding animal products, which are mostly factory farmed, it reduces my carbon footprint even more, since gowing a single cow takes enough water float a battleship (fresh water is a no-nrenewable resource), as well as heaps of power and fuel to process and transport! Both climate change and engineering are potentially not just cataclismic, in their worst case scenarios they both have the potential to be extinction events! Think about it! -- really, really think about it!
Published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences, the study demonstrates the toxicity of three genetically modified corn varieties from the American seed company Monsanto, the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (Criigen, based in Caen), which participated in that study, announced Friday, December 11.
"For the first time in the world, we've proven that GMO are neither sufficiently healthy nor proper to be commercialized. [...] Each time, for all three GMOs, the kidneys and liver, which are the main organs that react to a chemical food poisoning, had problems," indicated Gilles-Eric Séralini, an expert member of the Commission for Biotechnology Reevaluation, created by the EU in 2008.
Caen and Rouen University researchers, as well as Criigen researchers, based their analyses on the data supplied by Monsanto to health authorities to obtain the green light for commercialization, but they draw different conclusions after new statistical calculations. According to Professor Séralini, the health authorities based themselves on a reading of the conclusions Monsanto has presented and not on conclusions drawn from the totality of the data. The researchers were able to obtain complete documentation following a legal decision.
"Monsanto's tests, effected over 90 days, are obviously not of sufficient duration to be able to say whether chronic illnesses are caused. That's why we ask for tests over a period of at least two years," explained one researcher. Consequently, the scientists demand a "firm prohibition" on the importation and cultivation of these GMOs.
These three GMOs (MON810, MON863 and NK603) "are approved for human and animal consumption in the EU and especially the United States," notes Professor Séralini. "MON810 is the only one of the three grown in certain EU countries (especially Spain); the others are imported," he adds.
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de Vendômois JS, Roullier F, Cellier D, Séralini GE. A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health. Int J Biol Sci 2009; 5:706-726. Available from http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm
ABSTRACT: We present for the first time a comparative analysis of blood and organ system data from trials with rats fed three main commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize (NK 603, MON 810, MON 863), which are present in food and feed in the world. NK 603 has been modified to be tolerant to the broad spectrum herbicide Roundup and thus contains residues of this formulation. MON 810 and MON 863 are engineered to synthesize two different Bt toxins used as insecticides. Approximately 60 different biochemical parameters were classified per organ and measured in serum and urine after 5 and 14 weeks of feeding. GM maize-fed rats were compared first to their respective isogenic or parental non-GM equivalent control groups. This was followed by comparison to six reference groups, which had consumed various other non-GM maize varieties. We applied nonparametric methods, including multiple pairwise comparisons with a False Discovery Rate approach. Principal Component Analysis allowed the investigation of scattering of different factors (sex, weeks of feeding, diet, dose and group). Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, although different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded.