Thursday, September 27, 2012

Get Rid of GMOs

A new study says long-term eating of genetically modified (GM) corn and its weed killer, Roundup, leads to tumors, damaged kidneys and livers, and early death in rats.

September 19, 2012, may go down in history as another turning point for the stand against GMOs in our diet.

That’s when a new study titled “A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health" was released detailing the horrifying effects of GM corn and Monsanto’s Roundup used in GM corn.  Click here to read the study abstract. The study—“the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops and the herbicide Roundup on rats”—shows that rats fed a lifetime of GM corn laced with trace amounts of the chemical weed killer Roundup developed grotesque tumors, had systemic organ damage, and a high percentage of premature death.

The Daily Mail reports:  “The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.”  You can read the Daily Mail article here—and also see photos of the tumor-ridden rats.

Other findings from the study include the fact that the rats drinking trace amounts of Roundup (at levels legally allowed in the water supply) had a 200 percent to 300 percent increase in large tumors. The rats in the study were fed NK603, the Monsanto variety of GM corn grown across North America that’s widely fed to conventional livestock and is in the marketplace for humans in conventional corn-based cereals, tortillas, chips and many other snacks/conventional products on the market.

Released just before Non-GMOMonth, which starts October 1st, this study is sure to add fuel to the “Non-GMO” fire—and that’s a good thing.

While this study is shocking, GM corn isn’t the only problem. You see, technology used in genetically engineered crops inserts foreign genes into plants’ DNA, followed by the cloning of those cells into the plants. This process damages the plant’s DNA and can add toxins, carcinogens, bacteria, viruses and/or allergens—which can adversely affect the immune system, internal organs, and overall health.    

In fact, the gene placed into some GM corn and cotton produces a poison called Bt-toxin designed to kill specific insects by breaking holes in their digestive tracts, but a recent study confirms that Bt-toxin also breaks holes in human cells. Another study found that Bt-toxin continues to circulate in the blood of 93 percent of pregnant women tested and in 80 percent of their unborn babies. Unsurprisingly, Bt-toxin could be especially dangerous for infants whose blood-brain barrier is least developed to handle toxins.

To top it all off, the only human feeding study to date confirms that part of the gene in GM soybeans transfers into DNA of our intestinal bacteria—where it remains to wreak havoc.

The evidence is clear. We need to get rid of GMOs before it’s too late. 

Join Jordan Rubin and Beyond Organic in the initiative to require companies to label foods containing GMOs. To learn about Your Right to Know and to endorse California's Proposition 37, click here.