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Hard-Hitting Report: Pigs Fed GM Diet Experience Significant Health Problems (Photos)

Mike Barrett
June 12th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 10:11 pm
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gmopigstudy 263x164 Hard Hitting Report: Pigs Fed GM Diet Experience Significant Health Problems (Photos)According to a new groundbreaking report analyzing the effects of GM feed on animals, scientists have found that pigs fed a diet of GM corn and soy experienced numerous adverse health effects, including sever stomach inflammation and an enlarged uterus. The results “are both biologically significant and statistically significant.”

Published in the Organic Systems Journal, the peer-reviewed study analyzed 168 just-weaned commercial pigs for 22.7 weeks, or just over 5 months. Half of the pigs were fed popular GM corn and soy varieties, while the other half were fed the same foods, only not GM (though it must have been difficult to find non-GM corn and soy since the vast majority of these two crops are indeed GM).

What the researchers found was startling:

“We found that the level of severe inflammation in stomachs was markedly higher in pigs fed the GM diet. Pigs on the GM diet were 2.6 times more likely to get severe stomach inflammation than control pigs. Males were more strongly affected. While female pigs were 2.2 times more likely to get severe stomach inflammation when on the GM diet, males were 4 times more likely. These findings are both biologically significant and statistically significant.”

Lead researcher Dr. Judy Carman, adjunct associate professor at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, noted numerous reasons why this study and the findings are important.

  • 1. The results were found using real-life, on-farm condition, as opposed to in a laboratory. Plus, strict scientific controls were able to be used that aren’t on farms normally.
  • 2. Pigs are consumed by the mass population, so any issues in the pigs may affect the consumer.
  • 3. The digestive system of pigs are similar to a human’s digestive system, which causes even greater concern.
  • 4. The health complications were the result of crops containing multiple (3) GM genes and the GM proteins that are produced by the crops. Not one food regulator requires that these be tested for safety.

“Our results provide clear evidence that regulators need to safety assess GM crops containing mixtures of GM genes, regardless of whether those genes occur in the one GM plant or in a mixture of GM plants eaten in the same meal, even if regulators have already assessed GM plants containing single GM genes in the mixture…In my experience, farmers have found increased production costs and escalating antibiotic use when feeding GM crops. In some operations, the livestock death loss is high, and there are unexplained problems including spontaneous abortions, deformities of new-born animals, and an overall listlessness and lack of contentment in the animals,”  Dr. Carman said.

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Interestingly, and not surprisingly, this is not the first piece of research to find complications arising from GM food consumption. One French GMO study concluded that rats fed a lifelong diet consisting of genetically modified corn suffered serious consequences, including tumor development, heavy amounts of damage to multiple organs, and premature death. This isn’t surprising, seeing as one analysis found Monsanto’s GM corn to  be nutritionally dead and highly toxic.

Another study found that feeding hamsters GMO soy results in higher rates of infant mortality and causes fertility problems.

“In some cases, animals eating GM crops are very aggressive. This is not surprising, given the scale of stomach irritation and inflammation now documented. I have seen no financial benefit to farmers who feed GM crops to their animals,” said Dr. Carmen.

Additional Sources:

GMO Judy Carman

Chicago Tribune

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  • Brian4Science

    Actually there were higher levels of inflammation in the control animals. That's assuming it was inflammation at all because all they did was look at the color of the stomachs.

    Vegan GMO rounds up the (many) flaws in the paper:

  • Dolly Arnold

    Anna, can relate. The other night my family had hamburger goulash. It consisted of hamburger meat, tomatoes, corn and chillis. We had some leftover and fed it to the dogs. The dogs ate all of it except for the corn.It makes you wonder?

  • Debi

    Excellent post Anna. I too have chickens and worry about the corn… even the organic which I alledge can be cross contaminated with the GMO, even though it is labeled organic. BUT these girls are true free range and love the bugs, worms, etc. And yes, animals are much smarter to weather and what they are eating than us humans!

    Again it is sad that money and politics are ruining our food supply and the honey bee. It is also my concern when a bill, H.R. 935 puts Monsanto above the law and even sadder that our own President allowed this to happen. It is my thought that labeling GMO's would no doubt cause Monsanto and friends a serious decline here in the US and for that reason, the monies to elected officials would diseace. They want their pockets padded well at the expense of the american public who pay taxes.

    And yes, "The people who poison us know this"… well said!

  • Energetic Advantage

    Thank you Mike! So glad you all are hitting this hard and heavy…and if it wakes up people – GOOD….Much appreciation!!!

  • Anna

    I have chickens. I was curious as to the difference, if any, of the part of the chicken to different kinds of food. I have had them for several years and offer them all kinds of things, fresh greens, rice, etc. I purchased GMO corn hen fed and I purchased a bag of organic feed because I wanted to see if they would know the difference.
    They did. Every single time I threw down GMO and the organic, they turned away from the GMO and ate the organic feed. They somehow instinctively know that should not eat the GMO. They definitely prefer the organic feed.

    Unfortunately humans do not have that fine tuned of a way to know the difference in what we eat. That's why we need GMO labeling. The people who poison us know this.