While the food industry remains insistent that genetically modified foods pose no risk to the health of the population, FoodFacts.com has consistently found current information from credible sources that are finding more and more links to GMOs and health problems. And this latest piece of news is very eye-opening.
A study was recently published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal which was conducted at the University of Caen in France. This important research explored the connection between GMO crops sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide and cancer.
The researchers fed rats food that contains NK603 which is one of the corn seeds that is impervious to Monsanto’s powerful pesticide, as well as water containing small amounts of the pesticide itself. Both male and female rats were affected adversely to the diet, with half of the males and 70% of the females dying prematurely. They developed mammary tumors as well as liver and kidney damage. The rats in the control group that were fed a different diet had a completely different outcome. Within that group, 20% of the males and 30% of the females were recorded as dying prematurely. The difference was very significant. It is important to note that the amount of the pesticides included in the rats’ diets was at the level considered “safe.”
As the only industrialized nation not maintaining a policy on the labeling of genetically modified foods, this information is especially important here in the U.S. With the important voting on Proposition 37 in California looming in the not-to-distant future, information like this will certainly play and important part in voters’ decisions on this controversial issue.
Monsanto has been a leading financial contributor in the battle to defeat Proposition 37. As you would expect their response to the study out of France was simply that the study’s findings were not substantial. Some of the reasons given were that since GMO crops and the pesticide itself have been used for a long length of time and that there has been no decline in the health of the population consuming them.
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