The debate over genetically modified foods, aka GMOs, is just now beginning to heat up in the United States ahead of a Nov. 6 ballot initiative in California that could well set a precedent to label the many foods that contain them for the first time.
Now, an extra heaping of doubt has been piled on by a “shocking” new study that seemed to confirm prior concerns with the foods/crops, which are in as much as 70% of all processed food in the U.S. The study tested both the weedkiller and GMO feed (maize) provided by the St. Louis-based multi-national giant Monsanto and found that lab rats consuming the GMO feed as well as those that were exposed to its Roundup herbicide experienced a wide range of devastating health defects.
Among the health defects of the oft-used pesticide and maize were tumors, damage to multiple organs, and even premature death, results that seem to confirm hypotheses, warnings and results of other tests involving lab animals.
Monsanto GMO study: Comprehensive results turning heads
The new Monsanto GMO study is considered to be the most comprehensive to date involving the feed/crops and Roundup, which is perhaps why it is drawing such a large reaction across the web from concerned consumers.
The trial also found that 70% of females die when fed “safe” levels of the products, along with 50% of males, even when consuming “safe” levels of the products based on current standards.
High-ranking members of the European Union have certainly taken notice. Jose Bove of France, the vice chairman of the European Parliament’s commission for agriculture, called for an immediate suspension of all EU cultivation and imports of GMO crops in response to the new study.
“This study finally shows we are right and that it is urgent to quickly review all GMO evaluation processes,” he said in a statement. “National and European food security agencies must carry out new studies financed by public funding to guarantee healthy food for European consumers.’” That quote comes courtesy of the Daily Mail in the UK.
Will U.S. Change its Tune on GMOs following new study?
While France has already taken the smart measure, based on likely health and firmly established environmental hazards,of maintaining its ban on GMO corn, the same kind now comprises about 80-90% of U.S. crops, there are major questions as to whether the U.S. will take action.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor both have strong ties to Monsanto and the company also spends massive amounts on lobbying each year. In addition, it has spent over $7 million to fight Prop. 37 in California in an effort to keep Americans in the dark about which foods contain GMOs.
The GMO corn is also capable of easily cross-contaminating other crops, badly damaging or destroying the livelihood of traditional farmers in the process. Other crops such as canola, sugar beets and soy, which are heavily GMO in the United States, can do the same.
Despite these risks, the U.S. continues to greenlight new GMO crops such as alfalfa even despite many of thousands of signatures on petitions against them.
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Nicholas Tomasi is an AP-Award winning sports journalist and author turned health researcher. He currently runs AltHealthWORKS, a website dedicated to alternative medicine, organic food and the GMO-free movement.