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GMOs damage human organs‏

Posted in GMO, precautionary principle by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on January 9, 2010

Recent reanalysis of raw data from Monsanto, which they used to gain approval of three types of corm genetically modified organisms, has found that GMO in corn damage human organisms. The new look at the raw data finds a number of problems with the original study (only done on rats, only conducted for 90 days, discarding and thus disregard of differences in response due to sex, etc) and calls for an immediate ban on import and cultivation of these corn GMOs.

It reminds me that with regard to the introduction of any new organism or chemical, we as a society should adopt the precautionary principle (PP).  The PP says that nothing should be allowed to introduced into the environment until it is proven safe and that the expense of proving it should be borne by the company(ies) which wants to introduce it.  PP says look both ways before crossing the street. Such a policy puts human and environmental health and safety before profit making activities and should require that corporations prove the safety of their product and activities both putting them on the market and into our environment. More on PP here and here.

Current laws and regulations are designed to deal with problems after they have become evident.  Use of the PP would require that action be taken prior to the development of problems or at least, as soon as the first sign of a developing problem. 

Note that Multnomah County and the City of Portland passed a resolution in 2006 to use the PP in toxic substances reduction.  I wonder if someone or a couple of readers might be interested in contacting the county and city and report back as to the results or current status of this.  Let me know. 

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter 503 232 5495 www.afd-pdx.org
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Original article at http://www.truthout.org/article/three-approved-gmos-linked-organ-damage

Three Approved GMO’s Linked to Organ Damage

Friday 08 January 2010

by: Rady Ananda, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

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(Photo: InertiaCreeps; Edited: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t)

In what is being described as the first ever and most comprehensive study of the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers have linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto’s GM maize. 

All three varieties of GM corn – Mon 810, Mon 863 and NK 603 – were approved for consumption by US, European and several other national food safety authorities. Made public by European authorities in 2005, Monsanto’s confidential raw data of its 2002 feeding trials on rats that these researchers analyzed is the same data, ironically, that was used to approve them in different parts of the world.

The Committee of Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) and Universities of Caen and Rouen studied Monsanto’s 90-day feeding trials data of insecticide-producing Mon 810, Mon 863 and Roundup® herbicide absorbing NK 603 varieties of GM maize.

The data “clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system,” reported Gilles-Eric Séralini, a molecular biologist at the University of Caen.

Although different levels of adverse impact on vital organs were noticed between the three GMO’s, the 2009 research shows specific effects associated with consumption of each GMO, differentiated by sex and dose.

Their December 2009 study appears in the International Journal of Biological Sciences (IJBS). This latest study conforms with a 2007 analysis by CRIIGEN on Mon 863, published in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, using the same data.

Monsanto rejected the 2007 conclusions, stating:

“The analyses conducted by these authors are not consistent with what has been traditionally accepted for use by regulatory toxicologists for analysis of rat toxicology data.”

[Also see Doull J, Gaylor D, Greim HA, et al. “Report of an expert panel on the reanalysis by Séralini et al. (2007) of a 90-day study conducted by Monsanto in support of the safety of a genetically modified corn variety (MON 863).” Food Chem Toxicol. 2007; 45:2073-2085.]

In an email to me, Séralini explained that their study goes beyond Monsanto’s analysis by exploring the sex-differentiated health effects on mammals, which Doull, et al, ignored:

“Our study contradicts Monsanto conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMO’s, or not proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the only careful reanalysis of Monsanto crude statistical data.”

Other Problems With Monsanto’s Conclusions

When testing for drug or pesticide safety, the standard protocol is to use three mammalian species. The subject studies only used rats, yet won GMO approval in more than a dozen nations.

Chronic problems are rarely discovered in 90 days; most often such tests run for up to two years. Tests “lasting longer than three months give more chances to reveal metabolic, nervous, immune, hormonal or cancer diseases,” wrote Seralini, et al, in their Doull rebuttal. [See “How Subchronic and Chronic Health Effects Can Be Neglected for GMO’s, Pesticides or Chemicals.” IJBS; 2009; 5(5):438-443.]

Further, Monsanto’s analysis compared unrelated feeding groups, muddying the results. The June 2009 rebuttal explains, “In order to isolate the effect of the GM transformation process from other variables, it is only valid to compare the GMO … with its isogenic non-GM equivalent.

The researchers conclude that the raw data from all three GMO studies reveal novel pesticide residues will be present in food and feed and may pose grave health risks to those consuming them.

They have called for “an immediate ban on the import and cultivation of these GMO’s and strongly recommend additional long-term (up to two years) and multi-generational animal feeding studies on at least three species to provide true scientifically valid data on the acute and chronic toxic effects of GM crops, feed and foods.”

Human health, of course, is of primary import to us, but ecological effects are also in play. Ninety-nine percent of GMO crops either tolerate or produce insecticide. This may be the reason we see bee colony collapse disorder and massive butterfly deaths. If GMO’s are wiping out Earth’s pollinators, they are far more disastrous than the threat they pose to humans and other mammals.

Further Reading:

Health Risks of GM Foods, Jeffrey M. Smith.

Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops, Union of Concerned Scientists.

Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years, The Organic Center.

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