BY CHRISTINA SARICH
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t buy Monsanto’s claim that GM foods are ‘safe.’ In fact, the agency states, “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food.” So why are we still being force-fed unlabeled GM foods by big multinational food companies?
The AAEM reports that GM foods can cause multiple adverse health conditions including “infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.” The AAEM has even asked physicians to tell their patients to avoid GM foods. Does your doctor tell you to avoid genetically modified organisms? Does your doctor even know what GMOs are?
The AAEM also states that:
“Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.”
Since the time of the FDA’s negligence, the Institute for Responsible Technology points out numerous other troubling findings:
“Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
Testicle cells of mice and rats on GM soy change significantly
By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.”
With all these troubling studies, there still have been no human clinical trials for GM foods. We don’t even know how long the effects of eating GM will take to truly appear in the human form. As IRT points out:
“. . . genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us.”
This could allow for the following results:
- Genes manipulated with antibiotics will create super-diseases due to gene transfer and creation of antibiotic-resistant super bugs.
- Bt toxic genes could transfer to our intestines to create a living pesticide factory (and some say this has already happened.)
- Rogue proteins could affect the human genome in ways that scientists have not yet been able to comprehend.
- Chemicals used to grow GM food can cause birth defects, among many other health issues.
- GM corn and other genetically modified foods could harm our organs, and even cause sterility.
Additional Sources: Academia.edu