Monsanto: Dangers of Genetically Modified Corn

Germany has now become the sixth country in the European Union to take a stand against GM corn — a wise move that unfortunately the United States has yet to do.

Whereas close to 9,000 acres slated to be planted with MON 810 corn in Germany will now be GM-free (assuming the ban stands up in court if necessary), the acres to be planted with GM corn in the U.S. is in the tens of millions.

German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner announced she was banning not only the cultivation of GM corn but also the sale of its seeds, saying she had “legitimate reasons to believe that MON 810 posed a danger to the environment.”

Why GM Corn is Dangerous

French Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, molecular endocrinologist at the University of Caen and a member of two French government commissions evaluating GM food, found that MON 810, along with several other varieties of GM crops, showed statistically significant problems in animal studies that regulators have not pursued with follow-up research.

Seralini said the effects of the GM crops were similar to that of pesticides, including inflammation disorders, and problems with livers and kidneys, two major organs involved with detoxification.

Further, biology professor Bela Darvas of Hungary‘s Debrecen University discovered that Monsanto’s Mon 810 is lethal to two Hungarian protected species and one insect classified as rare. Now Monsanto refuses to give him any more Mon 810 corn to use in his tests. They also refused his request for Mon 863, another GM variety.

So not only has MON 810 been shown to cause serious damage to animals, but it may also wipe out protected plant and insect species. Of course, adding to the potential devastation is the fact that corn is a wind-pollinated plant, which means it depends on the wind for pollination.

While growers of GM food often say their crops will be contained and unable to contaminate nearby fields, from an environmental perspective contamination between GM and non-GM crops is generally acknowledged to be unavoidable.

Really what can stop wind, tornadoes or other weather from blowing or transporting GM pollen or seeds over onto non-GM crops?

Not a whole lot.

So by planting even a few thousand acres of land with GM crops, there’s a very real possibility that a much greater area could become contaminated with the altered seeds, and subject to the potential health and environmental insults as a result.

The United States government‘s support for biotech is no secret. In fact, it is the official policy in several U.S. agencies to promote the industry, and some of them have attempted to push acceptance of GM crops in Europe — but let’s hope they continue to hold out.

MON 810 was currently the only GM crop approved for cultivation in Germany, so in choosing to ban GM corn, Germany will become an entirely GM-free country — a wise, wise move.

Of course, it’s not just GM corn that’s the issue here; all GM crops have the potential to cause great, irreversible harm.

Are GM Crops Threatening the Future of Humankind?

GM crops routinely create unintended proteins, alter existing protein levels, or even change the components and shape of the protein that is created by the inserted gene.

This results in brand new proteins that have never before existed in food, some of which may be causing severe allergic reactions.

Creating a GM crop can also produce massive changes in the natural functioning of the plant‘s DNA. Native genes can be mutated, deleted, permanently turned on or off, or change their levels of protein expression. No one knows how this will impact human health, but so far Jeffrey Smith has documented at least 65 serious health risks related to GM foods.

Among them:

• Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce
• Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells
• The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning
• Several US farmers reported(cont

10 comments to Monsanto: Dangers of Genetically Modified Corn

  • The fact that people think genetically engineered food could ever be safe is mind blowing to me. It appears that Germany is taking action against this and soon will be GM free. It's something that really needs to be looked at much closer here in the US.

  • Tom Meichtry

    This GMO food is clearly very dangerous to our health. We must not allow this corporation to get away with poisoning us in order to increase their profits. This stuff needs to be taken off of the market and extensively studied by independent researchers.

  • Dan

    If it's affecting other animals, it's going to affect us in the same manner. Get rid of GMO!!

  • BetterLateThanNever

    People, be aware that genetically modified corn is making its way into our pets' foods! A new condition known as Megacolon is presenting itself in our cat population. This condition causes constipation, dehydration, an enlarged and even a nonfunctioning colon. Vets are resorting to surgery and often ongoing drug therapies in its treatment. This condition is often fatal. Kidney failure seems to be a related condition. Most of our dry pet foods have "corn" as their primary ingredient, and by most I mean the top branded products. Of course having part of your cat's colon removed is one option, but instead why not try feeding real, noncorn foods! You could save your pet's life. This situation is to my mind intolerable when viewed as a pet problem. Think of the ramifications of Genetically Modified Corn in your childrens' diets. At the very least we can vote with our dollar and by doing so send a message that everyone hears and understands.

  • genci

    Enter text right here!People, be aware that genetically modified corn is making its way into our pets' foods! A new condition known as Megacolon is presenting itself in our cat population. This condition causes constipation, dehydration, an enlarged and even a nonfunctioning colon. Vets are resorting to surgery and often ongoing drug therapies in its treatment. This condition is often fatal. Kidney failure seems to be a related condition. Most of our dry pet foods have "corn" as their primary ingredient, and by most I mean the top branded products. Of course having part of your cat's colon removed is one option, but instead why not try feeding real, noncorn foods! You could save your pet's life. This situation is to my mind intolerable when viewed as a pet problem. Think of the ramifications of Genetically Modified Corn in your childrens' diets. At the very least we can vote with our dollar and by doing so send a message that everyone hears and understands.genci

  • What puzzles me, is "why" GMO corn and other GMO foods are dangerous. That is, what specifically about them causes such-and-such? The fact is, GMO food "should" not cause any problems, based on scientific facts of biology and chemistry. So WHY does GMO food cause or seemingly cause these issues?

    It is literally impossible to absorb or assimilate any kind of non-standard DNA or "genes" into our cells unless they are directly put into those cells by viruses or artificial means. It is impossible to get rouge DNA into our cells through digestion.

    When eaten, digested, assimilated, and utilized, ALL food is broken down into its basic chemical components. Genes, and thus DNA are organic substances, meaning they are based on Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Nitrogen. Those molecules are broken to pieces by digestion, and our cells rearrange those C-O-H-N atoms into other molecules to use as the cell needs. DNA can not remain intact through digestion, much less directly insert itself or even interact with our cells.

    Ok, so GMO food is dangerous. Don't tell me THAT it is, tell me WHY it is. What is the mechanism that is affecting our cells, and so being dangerous?

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