A controversial new 2 year French study claims that rats fed a diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified maize or corn and/or exposed to the company’s top-selling Roundup weedkiller were more likely to die prematurely and develop tumors and organ damage. Gilles-Eric Seralini, a biologist at Caen University published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal a report on the allegedly the first of its kind study to look at the long-term effects of genetically engineered corn on animals.
Seralini noted that GM animal studies typically conclude after three months, likely because companies behind genetically modified foods do not want to know the long-term consequences of their products.
The scientists found from the study on 200 rats that by 4 months in the rats developed mammary tumors and severe liver and kidney damage and after 1 year there was a high increase of tumors.
Nobody really knows the ultimate effect the GM crops will have on humans, as 15 years of data simply doesn’t cover the life span of humans! That said, the only sane way to do a life cycle study is through mammals that have similar biologies to humans; therefore, researchers turn to rats.
In North America GM has been in the food chain for over a decade. The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees GM plants in the food system, remained neutral on the report. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, an estimated 90% of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified and where no GM labeling is required.
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