Wednesday, February 9, 2011

USDA Favors Monsanto over Organic Industry, Consumers

USDA Favors Monsanto over Organic Industry, Consumers

The agency’s policy toward GE crops is basically to rubber stamp their approval, despite continued concerns over the health and environmental risks of GE crops. Here are some recent research findings.

* A multigenerational study on hamsters fed GE soy found that by the third generation the hamsters had lost the ability to reproduce. They also suffered slower growth and there was a high mortality rate among the hamster pups.

* A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that insecticidal proteins from GE corn are entering streams throughout the Midwest. No one knows the impacts of these GE proteins on the environment.

* Studies have found that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide used extensively with Roundup Ready GE crops, is linked to more than 40 plant diseases, is toxic to beneficial soil nutrients, reduces manganese, an essential nutrient in plants, and has been shown to be toxic to human cells.

No comments: