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fruits&nuts
April 13th, 2010, 08:33 PM
There is at least one evil corporation in the world.

"Fresh fears were raised over GM crops yesterday after a study showed they can cause liver and kidney damage.

According to the research, animals fed on three strains of genetically modified maize created by the U.S. biotech firm Monsanto suffered signs of organ damage after just three months.

The findings only came to light after Monsanto was forced to publish its raw data on safety tests by anti-GM campaigners.

They add to the evidence that GM crops may damage health as well as be harmful to the environment.

The figures released by Monsanto were examined by French researcher Dr Gilles-Eric Seralini, from the University of Caen.

Yesterday he called for more studies to check for long-term organ damage.

'What we've shown is clearly not proof of toxicity, but signs of toxicity,' he told New Scientist magazine. 'I'm sure there's no acute toxicity but who's to say there are no chronic effects?'

The experiments were carried out by Monsanto researchers on three strains of GM maize. Two of the varieties contained genes for the Bt protein which protects the plant against the corn borer pest, while a third was genetically modified to be resistant to the weedkiller glyphosate. All three strains are widely grown in America, while one is the only GM crop grown in Europe, mostly in Spain.

Monsanto only released the raw data after a legal challenge from Greenpeace, the Swedish Board of Agriculture and French anti- GM campaigners.

Dr Seralini concluded that rats which ate the GM maize had ' statistically significant' signs of liver and kidney damage. Each strain was linked to unusual concentrations of hormones in the blood and urine of rats fed the maize for three months, compared to rats given a non-GM diet.

The higher hormone levels suggest that animals' livers and kidneys are not working properly.

Female rats fed one of the strains also had higher blood sugar levels and raised levels of fatty substances caused triglycerides, Dr Seralini reported in the International Journal of Microbiology."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1244824/Fears-grow-study-shows-genetically-modified-crops-cause-liver-kidney-damage.html#ixzz0l1vb1wQ9

GardeNerd
April 13th, 2010, 08:42 PM
Not a peep of this will make it out in the American press, I'll bet.

The experiments were carried out by Monsanto researchers

If their own people found their stuff toxic, one can only imagine what might be discovered by independent researchers.

Longtail
April 13th, 2010, 09:18 PM
Seems the offending crop(s) should be specificly identified as many GM crops are perfectly safe. Should all GM efforts be painted the same color? Moving 2 genes on a chromosome will cause kidney and liver damage? How do you expect to gain credibility with such silliness.

GardeNerd
April 13th, 2010, 09:35 PM
Moving 2 genes on a chromosome will cause kidney and liver damage? How do you expect to gain credibility with such silliness.

You don't think there's anything wrong with filling our entire food supply with this stuff, without one single independent, long-term study done to establish its safety?

as many GM crops are perfectly safe.

How would we know?

lorna-organic
April 13th, 2010, 09:40 PM
GM crops have not been proven to be perfectly safe. If they are safe, there should be proof. How come there is no proof, no study which has been replicated by an independent entity?

Izzy
April 13th, 2010, 10:03 PM
If their own people found their stuff toxic, one can only imagine what might be discovered by independent researchers.

There has been quite a lot of research - but you'd be hard pressed to get the data. One of the most bizzare ailments thought to be linked to gmo's is Morgellons Disease. A paper published in J. Invest. Med and another in a Dermatology Journal written by RB Stricker describe evidence of DNA from Agrobacterium in fibers embeded in skin lesions.

[CITATION] Contribution of Agrobacterium to Morgellons disease
RB Stricker, VR Savely, A Zaltsman, V Citovsky - J. Invest. Med

This disease is seldom diagnosed properly - doctors often refer to these patients as having "delusional parasitosis". Problem is - it takes years of eating gmo foods before symptoms apppear, making it difficult to determine the true cause.



If these results are confirmed, it would be the first example of a plant-infecting bacterium playing a role in human disease.

Izzy
April 13th, 2010, 10:34 PM
more: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/agrobacteriumAndMorgellons.php

Extensive genetic manipulation of Agrobacterium does have the potential to transform it into an aggressive human pathogen. Genetic engineering is nothing if not enhanced and facilitated horizontal gene transfer and recombination, which is widely acknowledged to be the main route for creating new pathogens. Mae-Wan Ho was among an international panel of scientists have raised this very issue in 1998, calling for a public enquiry into the possible contributions of genetic engineering biotechnology to the aetiology of infectious diseases which has greatly increased since genetic engineering began in the 1970s [16].

fruits&nuts
April 13th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Seems the offending crop(s) should be specificly identified as many GM crops are perfectly safe. Should all GM efforts be painted the same color? Moving 2 genes on a chromosome will cause kidney and liver damage? How do you expect to gain credibility with such silliness.

Credibility? You speak of credibility? You have none.

NO GMO CROPS HAVE EVER BEEN PROVEN TO BE PERFECTLY SAFE

THere have never been comprehensive long term studies by independent observers of any GMO crop.

silverseeds
April 14th, 2010, 06:11 AM
Credibility? You speak of credibility? You have none.

NO GMO CROPS HAVE EVER BEEN PROVEN TO BE PERFECTLY SAFE

THere have never been comprehensive long term studies by independent observers of any GMO crop.

...and each one we know of that was tested... has proven to be dangerous in various ways.....

COULD there be safe ones.... sure, possibly... but not a shred of proof, only piles of info showing he fallacy of it.

MoJones
April 14th, 2010, 01:19 PM
I have recently started listening to NPR on the way home from work (had to cut off XM unfortunately). The first day I listened they listed sponsors and Monsanto was one of them. The next day was a glowing report about the safety and overall wonderful qualities of GM food.

fruits&nuts
July 26th, 2010, 12:46 AM
NPR, like Barry Obama, just big money shills

Ohiorganic
July 29th, 2010, 04:36 PM
bump