by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
September 26, 2012
Russia has now officially banned all imports of genetically modified
corn, citing concerns from
a recent study by French researchers
showing rats grew massive cancer tumors when fed a lifetime of
Monsanto's genetically modified corn.
Russia's consumer protection group, Rospotrebnadzor, said it was
halting all imports of GM corn while the country's Institute of
Nutrition will be evaluating the results of the study.
The Russian ban is the latest blow to Monsanto, a company
desperately clinging to the myth that its genetically modified crops
are "no different" than traditional crops and therefore long-term
safety testing is completely unnecessary.
Monsanto has assaulted the
French study, claiming it did not use enough rats and that the
duration of the study was too short - an absurd claim, given that
Monsanto's own studies on animals are only 90 days in duration,
while the French study looked at the effects of rats eating GM corn
(and drinking trace levels of Roundup herbicide) for two years.
Notably, the large cancer tumors did not begin to appear until after
the rats reached adulthood.
Monsanto's GM corn has been in the U.S.
food supply for more than a decade, and its corn is found in
popular breakfast cereals.
In addition to the Russian ban, Monsanto may also soon be facing a
European ban. France is reported asking for a European-wide ban on
GM corn if its national health agency confirms the findings of
On top of that, if
Proposition 37 passes in California, food
producers will be required to label GMO on foods sold in that state.
This is widely expected to cause U.S. food producers to abandon to
use of GMO in foods, since virtually all consumers who know anything
about GMO would refuse to buy items labeled as containing
genetically engineered ingredients.
GMO now scientifically established
issued a statement summarizing its findings of the
recent rat study, saying:
The implications are extremely serious.
They demonstrate the
toxicity, both of a GMO with the most widely spread transgenic
character and of the most widely used herbicide, even when ingested
at extremely low levels, (corresponding to those found in surface or
In addition, these results call into question the
adequacy of the current regulatory process, used throughout the
world by agencies involved in the assessment of health, food and
chemicals, and industries seeking commercialization of products.
Here's one of the photos released by researchers in the recent
study, demonstrating the massive cancer tumors found in rats who
were fed GM corn:
regulators have been infiltrated by Monsanto; scientists bought off
In truth, Monsanto has managed to influence food regulators all
around the world. It has paid money to numerous scientists in the
USA, and it has essentially "placed" GMO-pushing
individuals such as Michael Taylor into influential positions in government.
The European Union's Food Safety Agency (FSA) is also staffed by
decision makers with financial ties to genetic engineering seed
Rep. Dennis Kucinich has called for a national GMO labeling law.
"The FDA has received over a million
comments from citizens demanding labeling of GMOs. Ninety
percent of Americans agree. So, why no labeling? I'll give you
one reason: The influence and the corruption of the political
process by Monsanto.
Monsanto has been a prime mover in GMO
technology, a multi-million dollar GMO lobby here and a major