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Genetically Modified Corn: Safe or Toxic?

Independent analysis of industry-conducted research has revealed potential health risks from eating Monsanto's genetically altered corn.

| April/May 2010

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    Among engineered food crops, genetically modified corn is one of the most commonly cultivated.
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Pick up a box of cereal or other packaged food at the grocery store, and chances are you’re looking at a genetically modified product. The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable alternatives to harmful methods of food production technologies, estimates that more than 70 percent of the processed foods in U.S. grocery stores contain some genetically modified ingredients — mostly corn or soy. But, in most cases, these modified foods have received only limited testing.

For example, take the three genetically modified corn varieties already being sold by Monsanto that are the subject of new analysis by French scientists. Two of the varieties have been genetically modified to contain unique proteins designed to kill insects that eat them, and the third variety was engineered to tolerate Roundup, Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide. Foods containing this “modified” corn are now being eaten by people all around the world, but the French researchers contend that Monsanto’s studies do not prove the corns are safe to consume.

Under current U.S. law, corporations are not required to make industry-conducted studies public. But, in this case, thanks to a lawsuit and the involvement of European governments and Greenpeace attorneys, these studies were released for independent analysis by scientists not being paid by Monsanto.

The researchers, affiliated with the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (an independent, nonprofit association dedicated to studying the impacts of genetically modified organisms), published their detailed critique of the Monsanto studies in the International Journal of Biological Sciences (2009; 5:706-726). They concluded that the data — which Monsanto claimed proved the corn varieties were safe to eat — actually suggest potential kidney and liver problems resulting from consumption of all three modified corn varieties, as well as negative effects in the heart, adrenal glands, and spleen. The findings confirm a 2007 report from the same researchers on a single variety of modified corn.



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The new report also concludes that the Monsanto rat-feeding studies were so small and so brief that they clearly lack sufficient statistical power to prove the corn varieties are safe. So, why did governments grant permission to farmers to grow this genetically modified corn? Back in 1992, the industry persuaded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rule that their crops are “substantially equivalent” to traditionally bred crops. This assumption — that genetically modified foods pose no particular risk — has led to our current system of weak regulatory oversight.

According to the nonprofit Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, a project designed to facilitate dialogue about the pros and cons of genetic modification, “No single statute and no single federal agency govern the regulation of agricultural biotechnology products.” And, compared with the battery of tests demanded of chemical pesticides (evaluation of chronic exposure, carcinogenicity, etc.), the testing requirements for genetically altered crops amount to little more than a polite suggestion.

polished1
9/23/2014 1:04:03 PM

MY question is how can you call a genetically altered product organic???? looking at some of the genetic modifications, what are the long term side effects of the product when the study's where "Confidential" and/or not required to be disclosed..like in medicine its proven that the side effect of some treatments required eradicate an ailment are actually worse than the ailment itself . with this said the (mods) done in some varities of corn which include protien being introduced into its DNA profile which will ward off and or kill the insects which thrive upon it for a food source; what will that do for human consumption,short and long term without the manufacture having not to disclose the properties of the profile change ..


moderator
6/8/2013 1:57:22 PM

Please check to see if Monsanto is producing the products you are using nad ingesting. They LEAST you can do is not purchase these products adn make wiser choices that eating cron or soy which is and has been in question. If soemone is telling you that you could "possibly" get sick from it then why even debate it just stay away. Things are not how they used to be. Now this owrld is full of corruption. Don't allow these hungry politicians to rub elbows with people who could even possibly be threatening the healthy norms of our world. There are "better" thing sto do than to worry about these types of things. Eat Locally Grown Certified Organic. There is a mark you can trust! Farmer's Market Forever!


moderator
6/8/2013 1:57:14 PM

Please check to see if Monsanto is producing the products you are using nad ingesting. They LEAST you can do is not purchase these products adn make wiser choices that eating cron or soy which is and has been in question. If soemone is telling you that you could "possibly" get sick from it then why even debate it just stay away. Things are not how they used to be. Now this owrld is full of corruption. Don't allow these hungry politicians to rub elbows with people who could even possibly be threatening the healthy norms of our world. There are "better" thing sto do than to worry about these types of things. Eat Locally Grown Certified Organic. There is a mark you can trust! Farmer's Market Forever!







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