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New study on genetically engineered foods

Original post made by PA resident, Adobe-Meadow, on Sep 22, 2012

The first-ever lifetime feeding study1 evaluating the health risks of genetically engineered foods was published online on September 19, and the results are troubling, to say the least. This new study joins a list of over 30 other animal studies showing toxic or allergenic problems with genetically engineered foods.Web Link
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The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, found that rats fed a type of genetically engineered corn that is prevalent in the US food supply for two years developed massive mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health problems.Web Link

The research was considered so "hot" that the work was done under strict secrecy. According to a French article in Le Nouvel Observateur,2 the researchers used encrypted emails, phone conversations were banned, and they even launched a decoy study to prevent sabotage!

A two-year long French feeding study designed to evaluate the long-term health effects of a genetically engineered corn found that rats fed Monsanto�s maize developed massive breast tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health problems. The major onslaught of diseases set in during the 13th month
Female rats that ate genetically engineered corn died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly, while the male GE-fed rats had tumors that occurred up to a year-and-a-half earlier than rats not fed GE corn
According to results from a 10-year long feeding study on rats, mice, pigs and salmon, genetically engineered feed causes obesity, along with significant changes in the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more
The EPA admits there�s �mounting evidence� that Monsanto�s insecticide-fighting YieldGard corn is losing its effectiveness in the Midwest. Last year, rootworms resistant to the toxin in the genetically designed corn infested fields in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska
Genetically engineered foods are responsible for development of resistant weeds and pests; increased pathogenic virulence; degradation of soil quality; reduced nutrient content in food; exponential rise in infertility and birth defects; and reduced crop yields, and more
Passing Prop 37 is Key to Expanding Sustainable Agriculture in North America

Despite Johr's stated view, Nestle has donated nearly $1.17 million to the "No on 37 Coalition," which is working to prevent the labelling of GE foods in California. So much for listening to consumers...

Although many organic consumers and natural health activists already understand the importance of Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Foods Act, it cannot be overemphasized that winning the battle over Prop 37 is perhaps the most important food fight Americans � not just Californians � have faced so far. Once food manufacturers can no longer label or market GE-tainted foods as "natural" or "all-natural," and once all GE ingredients are clearly marked, millions of consumers will demand non-GE alternatives, and organic and non-GE food sales will dramatically increase.

But in order to win this fight for the right to know what's in our food, we need your help, as the biotech industry will surely outspend us by 100 to 1, if not more, for their propaganda.

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Posted by just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Most fresh produce sold in any market - even organic centered - are/is genetically "engineered" hybrids.

And remember, when demanding ONLY natural and organic for your consumption - petrolium is natural and organic........

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Posted by seplling counts
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

So is petroleum, with an "e".

That said, why not label foods? When I have kids, I'll want to know what I'm feeding them.

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Posted by Other hand
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

An interesting rebuttal to the French study, which equates anti-GMO folks with climate change deniers:

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

What is striking about this study is that n=10 in each group...and that the 22% GMO with or without Roundup has FEWER deaths/tumors than the 11% GMO with or without Roundup..

It is odd to conclude GMO is the cause of deaths and tumors when double the GMO rate in a feedcorn is associated with fewer deaths/tumors.

Yes, "statistically" speaking GMO deaths/tumors with and without Roundup were higher than the control GMO with R...I think. It is a very confusing study with 20 different groups of 10 rats, and would require a fair bit of time to process. But, it is odd that double the GMO rate in the feed was correlated with LESS death and tumors.

I think this was a study that attacked too much on one plate, with too few N per grouping. Interesting, yes..conclusive, no. I would like to see 50 in 4 groups, 2 controls with male/female, and 2 experimental male/female, comparing side by side tumors/lifespan with ONLY GMO vs not GMO maize.


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

And BTW, I went straight to the study link, without reading the full post, because I was interested. Now that I have read the original post, I see this was a pro-37 attempt. Sorry, not sold.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:34 am

Please note, even the EU has rejected the above mentioned study as highly flawed, as I mentioned. In other words; propaganda.

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Also please note the similarities to global that whenever a brain is used to refute the fear of GMO, like refuting the fear of Global Warming, there is only derision and emotion in response. In other words, the emotion of fear is very powerful and a great tool to use to grab power, as we have seen throughout history and continue to see. Don't fall for it.

Thank goodness Prop 37 failed: an attempt to enrichen some and put others out of business through the vote of scared people, while raising the costs of food for all of us.

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