So much for 90-day studies.
From the CRIIGEN website (h/t Yves Smith):
“For the first time, the health impact of a GMO and a widely used pesticide have been comprehensively assessed * in a long term animal feeding trial of greater duration and with more detailed analyses than any previous studies, by environmental and food agencies, governments, industries or researchers institutes.
The two tested products are in very common use : (i) a transgenic maize made tolerant to Roundup, the characteristic shared by over 80% of food and animal feed GMOs, and (ii) Roundup itself, the most widely used herbicide on the planet. The regulatory approval process requires these products to be tested on rats as a surrogate for humans.
The new research took the form of a two year feeding trial on 200 rats, monitored for outcomes against more than 100 parameters. The doses were consistent with typical dietary/ environmental exposure (from 11% GMO in the diet, and 0.1 ppb in water).
The results, which are of serious concern, included increased and more rapid mortality, coupled with hormonal non linear and sex related effects. Females developed significant and numerous mammary tumours, pituitary and kidney problems. Males died mostly from severe hepatorenal chronic deficiencies. Professor Seralini’s team in the University of Caen is publishing this detailed study in one of the leading scientific international peer-reviewed journals of food toxicology, on line on Sept. 19, 2012.
The implications are extremely serious. They demonstrate the toxicity, both of a GMO with the most widely spread transgenic character and of the most widely used herbicide, even when ingested at extremely low levels, (corresponding to those found in surface or tap water). In addition, these results call into question the adequacy of the current regulatory process, used throughout the world by agencies involved in the assessment of health, food and chemicals, and industries seeking commercialisation of products.”
Rather than rewrite much of this since my time is limited, I’ll pluck bits others have plucked from the report.
“The peer-reviewed study, conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Caen, found that rats fed on a diet containing NK603 Roundup resistant GM maize, or given water containing Roundup at levels permitted in drinking water, over a two-year period, died significantly earlier than rats fed on a standard diet.
Up to half the male rats and 70% of females died prematurely, compared with only 30% and 20% in the control group. Across both sexes the researchers found that rats fed Roundup in their water or NK603 developed two to three times more large tumours than the control group. By the beginning of the 24th month, 50-80% of females in all treated groups had developed large tumours, with up to three per animal.
By contrast, only 30% of the control group were affected. Scientists reported the tumours “were deleterious to health due to [their] very large size,” making it difficult for the rats to breathe, [and] causing problems with their digestion which resulted in haemorrhaging.”
“Significantly, the majority of tumours were detectable only after 18 months – meaning they could be discovered only in long-term feeding trials.
The study – led by molecular biologist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, a critic of GM technology, and published yesterday in US journal Food and Chemical Toxicology – said the GM corn and Roundup weedkiller ‘may cause hormonal disturbances in the same biochemical and physiological pathway’.
The Daily Mail’s Frankenstein Food Watch campaign has long highlighted problems with the lack of rigorous safety assessments for GM crops and food.”
“The research team concluded that NK603’s transgenic traits and the endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup herbicide could explain the results. The study is the first of its kind to link enzymes overexpressed by transgenes to health problems, Séralini said.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals cause health problems and cancers by impacting hormonal glands in mammals and are especially dangerous to children. Pesticide and herbicide critics often fear that chemicals used to kill weeds and pests could potentially be endocrine disruptors in humans.
Monsanto’s NK603 and other varieties of corn are genetically engineered to tolerate Roundup herbicide, which contains the plant poison glyphosphate and other additives, so that farmers can spray whole fields of crops to kill weeds while sparing the genetically modified corn. Genetically engineered crops are also known as genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s.
France’s Jose Bove, vice-chairman of the European Parliament’s commission for agriculture and known as a fierce opponent of GM, called for an immediate suspension of all EU cultivation and import authorizations of GM crops. ‘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.’
This disturbing new information should put paid to Industry claims that ‘studies prove GMOs are safe’, but the industry hacks are already out in force, including the NYT already. There will be far more hit pieces condemning the study, and contributions to the Industry groups spending multiple millions to defeat the (as yet) popular California Proposition 37 demanding that labels informing shoppers if products contain GMOs.
Other studies have indicated dangers in other directions, but I’ll keep it simple today. ‘This is all making me ill; not surprised, but ill,’ said wendydavis.
But I would like to remind you that RoundUp Ready crops have already shown resistance to the product, which has had a few major consequences.
Farmers noting that weeds are popping in their fields often spray again, and the over-spray affects nearby wild plants and can make its way into water supplies. And given the developing resistance, Dow has created the product 2,4-D resistant crops for use with that new pesticide, which contains chemicals used in the defoliant Agent Orange, which I wrote about in March. It’s a ghastly roundup of tipping points in the war over Zombie Foods that we’re…arguably losing, and includes a section on the quick adaptation corn borers made to Bt Corn.
But fight we must, and we’ll hopefully find ways, through permaculture and organic growing, prayer, whatever…to reclaim healthy crops and seeds, and guard the tenets of Food Sovereignty closely.
There are probably a lot of places to contribute a few bucks; this is one at the Organic Consumers Association. If not, please ask your local grocery and natural food stores to carry foods with labels indicating they don’t contain GMOs, and talk to your friends in California. This is the battle that most matters. ‘As goes so California, so goes the nation’.
We can get it back, but we need to look to our most creative, loving, and visionary selves. The Great Awakening is coming.
“So come sit down
Will you talk with me now?
Let me see through your eyes
Where there is so much life
We are biding our time
For these myths to unwind
These changes we will confront
So peace be where
With every place that you had
Look to your soul
For these things that you know
For the trees that we see
Cannot forever breathe
With the changes they will confront
So hold nice and close
The ones that get to your soul
So that when it is cold
You wont feel so alone
Cos the roads that you take
May just crack and break
With the changes you will confront
With each gift that you share
You may heal and repair
With each choice that you make
You may help someone’s day…”
(and help heal the world..)
(cross-posted at kgblogz.com)