Several studies since 2003 have already confirmed that genetically modified foods damage human health. These studies were released when the World Trade Organization moved to uphold a ruling that the European Union had violated international trade rules when they stopped the importation of genetically modified foods.
Research by the Russian Academy of Sciences - released in December 2005 - found that more than half of the offspring of rats fed genetically modified (GM) soy died within the first three weeks of life, six times as many as those born to mothers fed on non-modified soy. Six times as many offspring fed GM soy were also severely underweight.
Earlier, in November 2005, a private research institute in Australia, CSIRO Plant Industry, put a halt to further development of a GM pea cultivator when it was found to cause an immune response in laboratory mice. *1
In the summer of 2005, an Italian research team led by a cellular biologist at the University of Urbino published confirmation that absorption of GM soy by mice causes development of misshapen liver cells, as well as other cellular anomalies.
GENETIC ENGINEERING CREATES DISEASE CAUSING VIRUSES
The most insidious dangers of genetic engineering are inherent to the process; it greatly enhances the scope and probability of horizontal gene transfer and recombination, the main route to creating viruses and bacteria that cause disease epidemics. Newer techniques, such as DNA shuffling, allow geneticists to create in a matter of minutes in the laboratory millions of recombinant viruses that have never existed in billions of years of evolution. Disease-causing viruses and bacteria and their genetic material are the predominant materials and tools of genetic engineering, as much as for the intentional creation of bio-weapons. *2
In May of 2005, the review of a highly confidential and controversial Monsanto report on test results of corn modified with Monsanto MON863 was published in The Independent/UK.
Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the few genuinely independent scientists specializing in plant genetics and animal feeding studies, was asked by the German authorities in the autumn of 2004 to examine Monsanto’s 1,139-page report on the feeding of MON863 to laboratory rats over a ninety-day period.
The study found “statistically significant” differences in kidney weights and certain blood parameters in the rats fed the GM corn as compared with the control groups. A number of scientists across Europe who saw the study (and heavily-censored summaries of it) expressed concerns about the health and safety implications if MON863 should ever enter the food chain. There was particular concern in France, where Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen has been trying (without success) for almost two years to obtain full disclosure of all documents relating to the MON863 study.
Dr. Pusztai was forced by the German authorities to sign a “declaration of secrecy” before he was allowed to see the Monsanto rat feeding study, on the grounds that the document is classified as “CBI” or “confidential business interest.” While Pusztai is still bound by the declaration of secrecy, Monsanto recently declared that it does not object to the widespread dissemination of the 2004 “Pusztai Report.” *3
Monsanto GM soy and corn are widely consumed by Americans at a time when the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has concluded, “In several cases, GMOs have been put on the market when safety issues are not clear.”
As GMO research is not encouraged by U.S. or European governments, the vast majority of toxicological studies are conducted by those companies producing and promoting consumption of GMOs. With motive and authenticity of results suspect in corporate testing, independent scientific research into the effects of GM foods is attracting increasing attention.
In May 2006, the World Trade Organization (WTO) upheld their ruling that European Union (EU) countries had broken international trade rules by stopping the importation of GM foods. The WTO verdict found that the EU has had an effective ban on bio-tech foods since 1998 and sided with the U.S., Canada, and Argentina in a decision that the moratorium was illegal under WTO Rules. *4
*1. “GM peas cause immune response – A gap in the approval process?” http://www.GMO-Compass.org January 3, 2006.
*2. The Institute of Science in Society, "The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World - A Summary", http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/v ... c.php?t=14 June 5, 2003.
*3. Arpad Pusztai, “Mon863-Pusztai Report,” http://www.GMWatch.org September 12, 2004.
*4. Bradley S. Clapper, “WTO Faults EU for Blocking Modified Food,” Associated Press, May 11, 2006.
Science Society Sustainability, Independent Science Panel Report, June 5, 2003
Author: The Institute of Science in Society http://www.i-sis.org.uk
Independent/UK, May 22, 2005
Title: Revealed: “Health Fears Over Secret Study in GM Food”
Author: Geoffrey Lean
Organic Consumers Association website, June 2, 2005
Title: “Monsanto's GE Corn Experiments on Rats Continue to Generate Global Controversy”
Authors: GM Free Cymru
Independent/UK, January 8, 2006
Title: GM: New Study Shows Unborn Babies Could Be Harmed”
Author: Geoffrey Lean
Le Monde and Truthout, February 9, 2006
Title: “New Suspicions About GMOs”
Author: Herve Kempf