(Closed) First long-term study on GMO corn

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
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Hold on I’m googling what GMO corn is.  Then im gonna read the thing. 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
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wow that is horrifying- i don’t have time to read the whole article but the abstract is enough…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
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@BooRadley:  I just now saw this thread, but I’m not even a little bit surprised by this. People think that Darling Husband and I are nuts for only buying organic and non-GMO foods, but I think this will become more of a concern as there are more studies done. Assuming, of course, that Monsanto doesn’t find a way to suppress them.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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I’m not surprised.  But I still find it horrible that this country refuses to even requiring labeling for foods using GMO ingredients.  Which would be pretty much all processed food.  Monsanto is a disgusting company.

Post # 9
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@MrsCarnival:  My university just got a million dollar donation from Monsanto to help renovate one of our campus buildings. 

Makes it hard for me to believe that supposedly non-biased research sources (like academia) are going to pursue research that may have a negative impact on their benefactors. I mean, I don’t see my university jumping into starting an “are GMOs toxic” study any time soon. As government grant money goes down, all too often I see that Pfizer donated toward this study, Cargill to another……I’m not even implying that researchers would actively avoid more controversial studies – but it’s very difficult to even get funding for those types of studies. 

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@hisgoosiegirl:  I had heard some rumblings about the way the study was conducted as well, but I have a feeling that any study would receive some backlash from someone who doesn’t think you did it right. Not saying your point isn’t valid because it totally is, just pointing out that I think there will always be someone who finds a problem with how something was done…particularly when the study involves a product that makes someone a helluva lot of money.

I saw a study a few months ago regarding GMO foods and fertility…I think they used cows to test and it had some pretty startling implications. If I can find the link, I’ll post it.

 

EDIT: I was typing as you posted. That’s what I mean about someone always finding something wrong with a study. I’m astounded that this was even released since Monsanto throws so much money around to the places that perform these studies. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, right? I’m sure the individual scientists have all of the most ethical intentions, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the higher-ups put an end to these studies before they begin, lest they lose some funding.

@kes18:  Completely agree. IMO, Monsanto is one of the shadiest companies out there.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
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I’m glad people are starting to do more studies on gmo foods. But it seems a little late because it’s in nearly everything at this point. Still though, I try to buy all organic.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
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URGH. I can’t find the link to the original article I was looking for, but go google “GMO corn cow fertility” and see what’s out there…scary stuff.

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@MrsCarnival:  I’m very surprised it even made it to be published, which is why I started digging to see if there were any……..outside factors, but the journal is well-respected, as is the scientist conducting the study. The biggest strike against him is that he has opposed GMO since 1997 leading to claims of bias. Well that negates any study done in the past 20 years on the benefits of GMO by a scientist who was pro-GMO, right? ……which would be a lot. 

It’s been known for 15+ years in the ag industry that farmers have a higher rate of prostate cancer than the general population due to their handling of pesticides and the like. The industry response? Training them to be more careful in their handling of it (which is good) but nothing about hey, we’re puttting this into our food or our meat and milk’s food………maybe that’s not a good sign?

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@hisgoosiegirl:  I was shocked that this ended up being published as well. You usually don’t end up seeing the results of studies like these because the companies like Monsanto have enough cash to throw around and shut people up. I heard that this guy was anti-GMO, but you hit the nail on the head. No one disregards the “GMO is great” studies that are done by pro-GMO groups, but they always paint the anti-guy as a loony.

I had no idea that farmers suffered like that. One would think that an increased rate of cancer just from TOUCHING something would make you think that EATING it might be worse, but I guess money talks.

Post # 15
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@Peony007:  this is exactly what I am most unhappy with. In 50 years, if it’s truly been prove that they are safe and healthy to eat – that would be great. But this is not something like thalidomide that if found 15, 20+ years later to have delterious effects…..that we can take back. We won’t be able to just say hey, don’t take that drug anymore. It’s already nearly to the point were any crop that has a gmo version is nearly impossible to find gmo-free. Even those of us in the organic industry struggle to keep the contamination out. 

I’m very cautious by nature, so to have something like this rushed into production and our food system because of the possible great benefits without really doing our due diligence on possible negatives, is really concerning. 

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@MrsCarnival:  and there are lots of toxic substances out there that can cause a lot of harm, but geez, this goes directly onto our food and soil. If coming in contact with it for a couple days a year can raise your risk of cancer…..what happens if you eat it every day? 

And I do literally mean eat it – sooooooo many people I know will raise sweet corn right on the edge of their regular corn fields – which get sprayed multiple times a year. Don’t tell me that because it’s 6 inches away in another row that it doesn’t get covered too. And then you pick it and touch it or your kids grab it and you take it home. 

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