As UK officials tout GMO foods as 'safe' compared to organic crops, results of a long-term, peer-reviewed study conducted by a group of scientists led by Dr Judy Carman of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research in Australia has been released - and it proves that GMO are anything but 'safe.'
Livestock in the UK and around the world have been fed GMO for over two decades, since the USDA authorized the commercial sale of GMO soy and corn to feed not only animals, but human beings in 1996. Much of the meat raised on these GMO crop are sent overseas, to countries like the UK, elsewhere in Europe, and even to cattle-abundant nations like Australia. This most recent study proves that a more sober examination of the long term effects of GMO on our environment and health should be demanded of corporations like Monsanto, even as other evidence mounts that GMO crops are unhealthy, especially considering that nations trying to remove GMO from their food supply are still being devastated by its ill-effects.
A loophole in the European labeling laws insinuated on the EU Commission due to lobbying pressure from the giant US grain cartel - Bunge, ADM, Cargill have allowed huge exports of US-made GMO food into Europe. Under the current laws, anything over .9 percent GMO is required to be labeled.
In this particular study, pigs and cows fed on the rather common diet of GMO corn and soy have suffered digestive and reproductive disorders. This is of particular importance since the human digestive tract is very similar to that of pigs.
Carman explains, "At a commercial piggery in the US, we took 168 just-weaned pigs and fed them a typical diet for the piggery, containing soy and corn, for 22.7 weeks (over 5 months) until the pigs were slaughtered at their usual slaughter age. Half of the pigs were fed widely-used varieties of GM soy and GM corn (the GM-fed group) for this whole period, and the other half of the pigs were fed an equivalent non-GM diet (the control group). The GM diet contained three GM genes and therefore three GM proteins. One protein made the plant resistant to a herbicide, and two proteins were insecticides."
In short, this mixture of GMO foods led to a toxic mix in the digestive tract of the animals, leading to a reduced ability for GMO-fed pigs to reproduce. The pigs were studied from conception until slaughter (the first long term study of its kind) and all were all affected adversely
. Female pigs were found to have the following possible pathologies, measured through careful analysis and post-mortem examination:
· Endometrial hyperplasia
· Thickening of the myometrium
· Larger presence of polyps
· Further, the uteri of the GMO-fed pigs were fluid filled compared to the pigs who weren't fed a GMO diet.
· The uteri of the pigs who consumed GMO food were 25% larger than non-GMO fed pigs.
· Inflammation of the stomach and small intestine
· Stomach ulcers
· Stomach inflammation
· Thinning of intestinal walls
· Increase in hemorrhaging bowels (this causes the pigs to bleed to death from the bowels).
Among these horrendous findings, scientists also noted that none of these types of results have been reported in the biochemistry tests performed by Monsanto or other companies in the GM industry.
The derisory politics behind the GMO subject are perpetuated through the UK Minster's praise of genetically altered foods. He has even said, in the face of these findings, that GMO offers, "most wonderful opportunities to improve human health."
With scientific evidence like this provided by scientists who aren't funded by Monsanto and GMO corporations, the world has an opportunity to see just how malevolent these institutions are, who develop and disseminate these altered, health-killing crops.