A new and controversial study about Monsanto‘s genetically modified corn shows that rats fed on the company’s corn, or even exposed to its top-selling weedkiller, suffered from tumors and multiple organ damage.
The study was performed by French scientists, and the French government immediately asked they country’s health watchdog to investigate the findings further even though a number of scientists are already questioning the study’s basic methods, reports Reuters.
The study was performed by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen along with his colleagues. Seralini stated that rats who were fed a diet containing a corn variety that has been made tolerant to dousings of Monsanto’s Roudup weedkiller (NK603) or given water with Roundup at levels that are permitted in the US died earlier than those who were on a standard diet.
The rats on the GMO diet suffered from mammary tumors along with severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers added that 50 percent of male and 70 percent of female rats died prematurely compared with 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.
Monsanto spokesman Thomas Helscher has said that the company would thoroughly review the study but added that:
“Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies performed on biotech crops to date, including more than a hundred feeding studies, have continuously confirmed their safety, as reflected in the respective safety assessments by regulatory authorities around the world.”
The Examiner notes that Monsanto discounts both the most recent study as well as other non-Monsanto-sponsored studies, adding that they have no need to test GMO foods because “aspects of the GM crop which are the same as the non-GM counterpart do not require safety assessment.” They add that:
“There is no need to test the safety of DNA introduced into GM crops. DNA (and resulting RNA) is present in almost all foods–the only exceptions being highly refined materials like oil or sugar from which all cell material has been removed. Thus, DNA is non-toxic and the presence of DNA, in and of itself, presents no hazard.”
There is a growing number of independent organizations that disagree with this, calling the safety of consuming GMO foods into doubt with their documentaries and studies. The Institute for Responsible Technology released a documentary about the issues with GMO foods, saying that:
“After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.”
Additional studies have also found that GMO DNA doesn’t break down in our digestive tract but that they actually alter the DNA of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
Along with the latest studies, farmers who do not purchase Monsanto seeds but farm near those who do have successfully sued Monsanto when natural pollination caused GMO products to grow on either organic or non-Monsanto farms.
What do you think about the latest GMO study showing that Monsanto corn and weedkillers cause tumors, organ failure, and death?