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GM fed rats die younger, get cancer

2012-09-19 22:16

Paris - Rats fed a type of genetically modified corn died younger, and suffered a range of tumours and cancers, a new French study found on Wednesday.

The report in the online edition of the International Journal of Food Toxicity by a team of researchers at the university of Caen in northern France looked at rats fed on the GM crop for two years.

"The results are alarming. We observed a typical two to three time higher mortality rate among females," researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini told AFP news agency.

"There are two to three times more tumours in rats of both sexes," he added.

Two hundred rats were fed a GM corn strain named NK603 for two years, as well as the herbicide Roundup.

Both products are owned by the US company Monsanto.

"For the first time ever, a GM and a pesticide were evaluated for their health impact for longer than health agencies, governments and industry have done," said Seralini.

According to the professor, NK603 has only been tested for up to three months previously. "These are the best tests you can have, before going on to test on humans," he added.

In Brussels, a spokesperson for the EU Health Commissioner John Dalli said the European Commission would be examining the study.

"The European Food Safety Authority will have to study precisely under which conditions this study was carried out ... If this study proves to have a scientific foundation and offers a scientific novelty, then the commission will have to draw its conclusions," he said.

Anais Fourest, a campaigner at Greenpeace, said: "This study reinforces our concerns over the significantly negative impacts of GMOs on human and animal health."

"New scientific studies are needed quickly to confirm these results. We must not play with the health of Europeans," she said.

Comments
  • rontheogre - 2012-09-19 22:38

    Would like to see the companies like Monsanto try to get out of this one.

  • robert.lipschitz - 2012-09-19 23:26

    Well?

  • raymond.krisman - 2012-09-19 23:50

    Wow... Being a microbiologist I've never believed that genetically modified stuff is harmful at all. But if this data is accurate then I think a lot more focus needs to be put on it. Must say though, I don't like the last line of this article.

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-09-20 06:01

    Leave the seeds alone - also not healthy to have monopoly like Monsanto - a law unto themselves.

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-20 12:13

      there "terminator gene" although outlawed is believed to have been used and released into the wild anyway. The gene ensures that the plant cannot produce viable seed and makes Monsanto the only people that you can buy viable seed from. Talk about a clear and present danger.

      nelbj - 2012-09-24 00:54

      It does not make sense to release a gene which causes plants not to have viable seeds "into the wild" as you say. The plants having that gene will logically not produce any seed and the gene will die out with them! It will this not spread!

  • craig.king.7505 - 2012-09-20 07:15

    Hmm , I would like to see these results reproduced by others. There has been a spate of retracted papers in medical research lately and this one smells of BS.

  • mike.clery - 2012-09-20 07:36

    "Two hundred rats were fed a GM corn strain named NK603 for two years, AS WELL AS the herbicide Roundup." Headline should read "Roundup fed rats die younger, get cancer".

      ennui.vp - 2012-09-20 09:07

      You seem to be the only one to pick this up. What a shocking discovery, feeding poison laced GM corn to rats is harmful, who would have thought. Typical trash science reporting by the mass media. I'd love to read the actual paper, but not only does the article not link to it, they get the name of the journal wrong too. Doing a search of the journal turns up nothing.

      grant.a.richardson.5 - 2012-09-20 10:09

      Well spotted, it's nothing new that the RoundUp Ready herbicide does have negative effects on test animals and humans.

  • luke.gray.549668 - 2012-09-20 08:55

    Thats why I try my best to ensure I eat organic (to the best of my knowledge that is) Go Paleo!!! check out this scoop and get educated: http://www.scoop.it/t/paleo-for-life

      joshua.t.thomson - 2012-09-20 11:30

      Organic food is not better for you at all. Actually is quite the opposite. Use google, educate yourself..

  • barrie.eksteen - 2012-09-20 10:32

    Did you notice this: "...rats were fed a GM corn strain named NK603 for two years, as well as the herbicide Roundup". No further mention of the pesticide, only how the GM foods caused the deaths and tumours. Go figure!

  • joshua.t.thomson - 2012-09-20 11:28

    Did anyone read the part where they said the rats were fed the corn as well as round up( poison). Not surprised the rats got sick. It's not the corn, no scientific study has concluded that GM plants are harmful in anyway. The strain of corn in question is modified to be immune I round up. It's a pesticide...

  • Dagga Movement - 2013-04-16 08:56

    OK. So why is South Africa then the worlds biggest GM corn, soybeans and cotton producer! Guys our rights are being violated left and right. We are being raped by our government and their corporations!

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