December 26, 2012
from DeccanHerald Website
Led by Gilles-Eric Seralini, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Caen in France, the research analyzed the health effects of GMOs on rats. Females rats fed GMOs died two to three times more than controls (groups of rates not fed GMOs) and more rapidly.
They developed large mammary tumors
almost always more often than the controls. Liver congestions and
necrosis were 2.5 to five times higher in males that were fed GMOs.
Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3-2.3
greater. Males presented four times more large palpable tumors than
By the beginning of the 24th month of
the study, 50-80 per cent of GMO-fed female animals had developed
tumors, with up to three tumors per animal, whereas only 30 per cent
of non GMO-fed rats were affected. The GMO-fed groups showed the
greatest rates of tumor incidence with 80 per cent of animals
As rats are mammals, their systems
should react to chemicals, in this case GMO corn treated with
Monsanto Roundup chemical herbicide, in a similar way to those of a
human test subject.
Writer William F Engdahl notes
Bush did so following a closed-door meeting with top officials
Monsanto Corporation. GMO seeds were permitted in the US with not
one single independent government test to determine if they were
safe for human or animal consumption.
In making its decision, the EFSA partly
relied on information supplied by the applicant (Monsanto) - tests
on rats that were for only 90 days.
Three years after the commercial
introduction of Monsanto GMO maize in the EU, Seralini’s study shows
Monsanto’s GMO maize demonstrably causes severe rates of cancerous
tumors and early death in rats.
It is thus worth considering that over half of the scientists involved in the GMO panel which positively reviewed the Monsanto’s study for GMO maize in 2009, leading to its EU-wide authorization, had links with the biotech industry.
The board of this institute in 2011 was comprised of senior people from,
It therefore comes as no surprise that the EFSA has condemned the Seralini study with vague accusations. It is typical.
With threats of lawsuits and UK government pressure, some years ago top research scientist Dr Arpad Pusztai was effectively silenced over his research concerning the dangers of GM food.
A campaign was set in motion to destroy his reputation.
Similarly, a WikiLeaks cable highlighted how GMOs were being forced into European nations by the US ambassador to France who plotted with other US officials to create a ‘retaliatory target list’ of anyone who tried to regulate GMOs.
Companies aim to maximize profit for
shareholders. Any safety requirements are secondary concerns. In a
democracy, we thus expect our elected officials to take care of
these concerns on our behalf.
The health of the nation, food security and sovereignty are not reliant on GM foods.
Quite the opposite in fact!