As the GMO debate rages on, gmo companies and their proponents have continually touted the benefits of GMOs, citing it as the solution for alleviating world hunger, increasing food production, availability and quality. On the other side of the debate, concerned critics have pointed out the actions of the biggest players in the GMO industry have continually proven that commercial interests reign paramount as is demonstrated by their willingness to expose consumers to health hazards caused by genetic engineering on humans.
Contrary to the claims of the big biotechnology firms and their proponents in the GMO industry that there is no documented evidence of the health risks posed by genetically engineered food, what is true is that there are no gmo statistics available proving their long term safety for humans. Even more important, gmo research undertaken by independent scientists’ groups are now unearthing more and more safety concerns posed by genetic engineering on the environment, biodiversity and consumer health.
Monsanto’s GE Soy Is Roundup Ready For Mass Consumption
At the heart of the gmo controversy is the giant biotech firm Monsanto and its primary product, GE Soy. With soybeans being the largest gmo crop worldwide with 93% of the US soybean crops grown from genetically modified seeds, it is understandable the rush the biotech giant had been to make it ready for release stating that there is no need for testing on humans, nor is there any inherent value in it.
Recent gmo research, however has proven that this is not so. One of its earlier gmo soybeans, which had genes from the Brazil nut inserted in its DNA, had proven itself allergenic to many people who had never before exhibited any allergic reactions to soybeans. More recent findings on a newer variety genetically modified for its herbicide-resistant properties (trademarked as Roundup Ready by the biotech firm) have uncovered even bigger side effects. These include documented liver damage and possible toxemia (as exhibited in test mice and rabbits), infant mortality and sterility, as well as studies wherein the herbicide in the soybeans killed human kidney, umbilical and placental cells with 24 hours, a clear indicator of possible effect on humans.
Why GMO Test Is Biased
Adding to the major lapse in GMO ethics as demonstrated by the disregard for these independent test results, a recent expose from Japanese researchers have revealed clearly anomalous procedures and misrepresented data in a GMO test used prior to the release of Roundup ready GW Soy. Several irregularities were noted, such as:
1) Not having the tested soybeans sprayed with the herbicide Roundup during cultivation – the primary raison d’etre of the new variety
2) Providing E. coli protein for analysis instead of Roundup Ready soybeans for both amino acid sequencing and toxicity tests
3) Minimal feeding tests conducted on rats, cows, catfish, chicken and quail, as well as inaccurately noting results as insignificant
4) Intentional misrepresentation of test results by the Monsanto firm as found by the Japanese scientists
Aside from these anomalies and strictly unscientific approach to the procedures (as observed by the foreign scientists), the biotech firm compounded by its unabashed use of clout in demanding that government lower its standards for approving the GE Soy, a clear demonstration of its lack of regard for the welfare of its consumers, something farmers and consumers all over the world must be made aware of, and addressed.