The Risks of GMO

Why Isn’t There More Research On the Health Effects Of GMO Crops

GMO is an abbreviation for “genetically modified organism.” Genetically modified organisms have the DNA from another species artificially inserted into their own DNA. The actual risks of GMO have been difficult to ascertain due to the fact that the United States government has allowed these types of genetic modifications to be patented by biotech companies like Monsanto. Therefore, in order for scientists to conduct research into the effects of GMO on the human body and in other animals, they must have explicit permission from the biotech companies who own the patent who of course aren’t that likely to give this permission to anyone who doesn’t report directly to them. This is one of the primary reasons that many people have protested the fact that biotech companies are allowed to patent DNA combinations between species.

GMO Corn Has More Deleterious Effects Than Herbicide

Having said the above, there have been a few studies conducted in Europe to access the risks of GMO foods. A French team of scientists recently studied the long-term effects of a genetically modified corn strain called NK603. This GMO strain of corn was developed to be resistant to Roundup, a commonly used crop herbicide. In this way, a farmer can spray heavy doses of Roundup on their crops to destroy the weeds without destroying the corn crop. Specifically, NK603 corn can be heavily sprayed with Roundup and still survive so there are actually two concerns in eating this corn. First, it is laced with far more than the average amount of the Roundup herbicide, a known poison. Second, the corn is a GMO variety. The French scientists tested the long-term effect of both the Roundup and the GMO corn on rats. They demonstrated that both have deleterious effects but the GMO corn had a much greater effect! Rats fed the GMO corn without any trace of Roundup developed large tumors and many died. Continue reading The Risks of GMO