Sunday, July 29, 2012

GM Crops to Avoid

Top 10 GMO Foods to Avoid By Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society 29 July 12 

Majia here: The 2 most commonly genetic modifications are Bt and Round Up Ready. 

Bt is a naturally occurring soil bacteria that has anti-pest properties. The Bt bacteria is inserted into plant seeds and so the entire plant becomes a sort of factory for Bt. Thus, you are consuming quite a bit of Bt when you consume this type of genetically modified plant.

The second most common genetic modification is Round-Up ready. This modification means that the plants are impervious to Round-Up. The problem is that the plants are doused in Round-Up, which means that we are eating lots and lots of Round-Up, which happens to be an endocrine-disruptor that has been linked to birth defects in mammals.


A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health. Int J Biol Sci 2009; 5:706-726. Joël Spiroux de Vendômois1, François Roullier1, Dominique Cellier1,2, Gilles-Eric Séralini
"We present for the first time a comparative analysis of blood and organ system data from trials with rats fed three main commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize (NK 603, MON 810, MON 863), which are present in food and feed in the world. NK 603 has been modified to be tolerant to the broad spectrum herbicide Roundup and thus contains residues of this formulation. MON 810 and MON 863 are engineered to synthesize two different Bt toxins used as insecticides.

Approximately 60 different biochemical parameters were classified per organ and measured in serum and urine after 5 and 14 weeks of feeding. GM maize-fed rats were compared first to their respective isogenic or parental non-GM equivalent control groups. This was followed by comparison to six reference groups, which had consumed various other non-GM maize varieties.

We applied nonparametric methods, including multiple pairwise comparisons with a False Discovery Rate approach. Principal Component Analysis allowed the investigation of scattering of different factors (sex, weeks of feeding, diet, dose and group).

Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, although different between the 3 GMOs.

Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded."
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