A new GMO study may very well change the way that the world looks at GMOs once and for all. Complete with shocking and very disturbing photos of rats with tumors larger than a golf ball in size, a new French GMO study has concluded that rats fed a lifelong diet consisting of Roundup-containing genetically modified corn suffered serious consequences. While the onset of tumors was the most obvious and damaging effect, the researchers reveal that the rats also received heavy amounts of damage to multiple organs.
As a result of the mass tumors, liver and kidney damage, it was concluded that around 50% of the males and 70% of the females died prematurely as a result of eating only Roundup tolerant seed or drinking water with Roundup as approved levels set by the United States government. In comparison, only 30% of males and 20% of females died prematurely while consuming traditional alternatives. The San Francisco Chronicle rightly states that the study ‘rocks the GMO debate’.
The news comes just days after France decided to ban the last remaining GMO currently allowed in Europe, Monsanto’s GM maize crop.
The study is now under assault by pro-GMO scientists and corporations despite being labeled “the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops and the herbicide Roundup on rats.” It also happens that this is actually the first study to examine the key aspect of lifelong GMO consumption and its effects. You may be surprised to hear this, as it seems logical that one would be done before GMOs were unleashed on the public.
Unfortunately, Monsanto and other GMO companies do their absolute best to prohibit the full study of GM products in many cases through the use of patent protection laws and other legal red tape. French researchers were likely able to avoid many of these issues by being out of the United States. And as you can imagine, the pictures alone from this study are very telling. Monsanto and other vested biotech organizations are simply not happy that this has gotten out.
Led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen in France, Seralini and his colleagues used a Monsanto seed variety known as NK603. Made tolerant to the company’s own Roundup, an herbicide linked to DNA damage and infertility, researchers say the consumption of the GMO crops ultimately led to mammary tumors and severe damage to the liver and kidney. As researcher and molecular biologist Dr. Michael Antoniou explained, even the scientists themselves were shocked by the aggressive tumor development:
“This research shows an extraordinary number of tumors developing earlier and more aggressively – particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts,” he said.
The study was published in The Food & Chemical Toxicology Journal and presented in London during a news conference. Titled “A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health,” you can view the study abstract for yourself at the International Journal of Biological Sciences website.
It is already known that genetically altering the very makeup of an organism is problematic, with no real knowledge of the true long-term effects (over decades) that may occur even beyond the short term damages that we are aware of. It is essential that not only are GMOs labeled around the world for public consumption, but ultimately banned. Over time, the food supply will continually be engulfed with genetically modified strains with the very real threat of contamination. Studies like these show a more graphic side of the debate, which many are not ready to accept.