Jun 5, 2010

A Mouthful of Hair: Disturbing GMO Research

A recent study expected to be published this summer by Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov revealed disturbing results for hamsters fed genetically modified (GMO) soy for 3 generations. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters were infertile. The pups that were born had slower growth, and a high mortality rate. Equally disturbing, is the fact that some of these third generation pups had hair growing inside their mouths. See pictures here.

GMO foods have been on the US market for about 15 years, so we are still in the first generation of this experiment on humans.

Monsanto’s genetically modified soy is grown on 91% of US soybean fields. It is an ingredient in a great number of products that line the shelves of our grocery stores and soy the major source of protein used in animal feeds. GMO corn is also a very common ingredient in food produced for both humans and animals. GM ingredients can be found in around 75 percent of processed foods (another good reason not to eat them).

It is very difficult to avoid GMO products because the FDA does not require labeling. Soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed are major GMO crops. Corn is a cheap government subsidized crop, so it is used to make everything from vinegar to vitamins, and don't forget high fructose corn syrup. Organic standards do not allow GMO organisms, so look for organic labeling or “non-GMO.” You can find a Non-GMO Shopping Guide at NonGMOShoppingGuide.com. Also take opportunities to tell your government representatives that you do not want more GMO patents approved, and you want GMOs removed from the market.

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