Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Study Confirms GM crops reduce fertility

Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety

Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of All GM Foods and GM Crops

A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.

Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.

In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.

The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.




4 comments:

  1. No surprise here. I believe this is not the first study to confirm the obvious risks in consuming modified foods containing protiens which mankind has never before dealt with (not to mention the rest of the animal world).

    The sad thing about all this is that once these crops are set free into the environment we can never, ever take them back. Even the landraces in Mexico have now been tainted with modified genes, with sometimes surreal and disasterous effects (Thanks Nafta).

    Couple this with the Evil One's Terminator technology and it is nothing but a recipe for disaster - on a scale unimaginable.

    Ask and Indian farmer or and Iraqi what they think of Monsanto.

    *shaking my head*

    ~ buffy

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  2. The Rat Experiments
    Let me tell you about two studies which were not published. The first was described by Paul Stitt who wrote about an experiment conducted by a cereal company in which four sets of rats were given special diets. One group received plain whole wheat, water and synthetic vitamins and minerals. A second group received puffed wheat (an extruded cereal), water and the same nutrient solution. A third set was given only water. A fourth set was given nothing but water and chemical nutrients. The rats that received the whole wheat lived over a year on this diet. The rats that got nothing but water and vitamins lived about two months. The animals on water alone lived about a month. But the company's own laboratory study showed that the rats given the vitamins, water and all the puffed wheat they wanted died within two weeks---they died before the rats that got no food at all. It wasn't a matter of the rats dying of malnutrition. Autopsy revealed dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and degeneration of the nerves of the spine, all signs of insulin shock.

    Results like these suggested that there was something actually very toxic in the puffed wheat itself! Proteins are very similar to certain toxins in molecular structure, and the pressure of the puffing process may produce chemical changes, which turn a nutritious grain into a poisonous substance.

    Another unpublished experiment was carried out in the 1960s. Researchers at University of Michigan were given 18 laboratory rats. They were divided into three groups: one group received corn flakes and water; a second group was given the cardboard box that the corn flakes came in and water; the control group received rat chow and water. The rats in the control group remained in good health throughout the experiment. The rats eating the box became lethargic and eventually died of malnutrition. But the rats receiving the corn flakes and water died before the rats that were eating the box! (The last corn flake rat died the day the first box rat died.) But before death, the corn flake rats developed schizophrenic behavior, threw fits, bit each other and finally went into convulsions. The startling conclusion of this study is that there was more nourishment in the box than there was in the corn flakes.

    This experiment was actually designed as a joke, but the results were far from funny. The results were never published and similar studies have not been conducted.

    Most of America eats this kind of cereal. In fact, the USDA is gloating over the fact that children today get the vast majority of their important nutrients from the nutrients added to these boxed cereals.

    Cereals sold in the health food stores are made by the same method. It may come as a shock to you, but these whole grain extruded cereals are probably more dangerous than those sold in the supermarket, because they are higher in protein and it is the proteins in these cereals that are so denatured by this type of processing.

    There are no published studies on the effects of these extruded grains on animals or humans, but I did find one study in a literature search that described the microscopic effects of extrusion on the proteins. "Zeins," which comprise the majority of proteins in corn, are located in spherical organelles called protein bodies. During extrusion, these protein bodies are completely disrupted and deformed. The extrusion process breaks down the organelles, disperses the proteins and the proteins become toxic. When they are disrupted in this way, you have absolute chaos in your food, and it can result in a disruption of the nervous system.

    GMO's make this situation even worse.

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  3. Wow silverfish, thanks for this post! I've often wondered about cereals myself. I am not a big eater of them - though I do like good old fashioned oatmeal and don't laugh - Red River. Both with local honey and cream. Yum.

    It's interesting that you mention the protiens and how they are de-natured so to speak. I what way does the structure change? Are there substitution reactions?

    I'd love to know more, it's been a while since I've meddled around with organic chemistry (I prefered the inorganic myself and analytical) - but I'm a quick study and still have all my texts. I never throw a book away - esp if it cost me over a hundred bloody dollars.

    Sort of an off topic note: What do think of the Bee problem?

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  4. thanks silverfish, that was great info, and now, looking at the cereal in my cupboard, once it is gone, I will cut way back.

    Though it is not my only breakfast food.

    I eat oatmeal, and maggie, I eat red river cereal too!!!!

    You can mix that with raisins, cinnamon, or apples sunflowers seeds,

    Then of course, I like toast, or fried eggs and toast, so I mix it up quite a bit, but I was thinking of people who only eat this cereal, all the time, yuk.

    (oh and btw I love french toast made with raisin bread, delicious)


    but that bit of info has definitley got me thinking

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