70% of females suffer early death
A new study from french researchers at Caen University in France has found that rats given a diet of one of the bestselling strains of genetically modified corn suffered tumors and multiple organ damage
The research is published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences.
The story on the research, published by the Daily Mail, has caused a added to the growing controversy in Europe and around the globe on the safety of GMO foods. The study is raising more questions about the claims of safety from governments and companies with interest in GMOs.
According to the Mail story, Dr Michael Antoniou, a molecular biologist at King’s College, London, and an expert on GM foods, said: ‘It shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more aggressively – particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts.’
Rats fed a lifelong diet of one of the bestselling strains of genetically modified corn suffered tumors and multiple organ damage, according to a controversial French study published today.
The was reviewed by independent scientists to validate the research and results. Scientists say the results raise very serious safety questions about GM foods.
The corn was genetically modified to withstand spraying with the weedkiller Roundup, developed by Monsanto. The idea is that the corn can be sprayed without being damaged, while weeds are destroyed.
The tests looked at the impact of differing scenarios including eating the GM corn (NK603), eating the GM corn sprayed with Roundup, and getting low doses of Roundup in water.
The results were compared against a control group fed a diet without GM corn or Roundup.
According to the Mail researchers found:
- Between 50 to 80 per cent of female rats developed large tumors by the beginning of the 24th month, with up to three tumors per animal. Only 30 per cent of the control rats developed tumors
- Up to 70 per cent of females died prematurely compared with only 20 per cent in the control group
- Tumors in rats of both sexes fed the GM corn were two to three times larger than in the control group
- The large tumors appeared in females after seven months, compared to 14 months in the control group. The team said the tumors were ‘deleterious to health due to a very large size’, making it difficult for the rats to breathe and causing digestive problems.