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Obesity, Corn, GMOs - USA Biotech Corporations Responsible for Epidemic of Diseases    
Sunday, July 22 2012 @ 11:02 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: AnthonySamsel

HealthIf you want to avoid obesity, then avoid eating genetically engineered ( GE ) corn, corn based products and animals that are fed a diet of GE grain. Scientists in Norway have released results from experimental feeding studies, carried out over a ten year period. The results show a positive link between GE corn and obesity. Animals fed a GE corn diet got fatter quicker and retained the weight compared to animals fed a non-GE grain diet. The studies were performed on rats, mice, pigs and salmon achieving the same results.

The animals were fed a diet of GE corn and soy which contained toxic proteins from the bacteria Bt or Bacillus thuriengensis. Bt is an insecticide that works by killing larval insect pests which damage corn, soy, cotton, canola and other crops. By inserting and gene stacking various Bt toxins along with herbicide resistant gene sequences, the plants DNA is altered or genetically engineered for a specific purpose.

In the case of industrial agricultural GMO crops (genetically modified organisms), like those mentioned above, the entire plant is made into a pesticide factory which is also resistant to herbicides. Roundup, a Monsanto product is a glyphosate herbicide used to kill weeds. It is the most popular herbicide used on herbicide tolerant GE crops.

Researchers also found that rats, fed a diet of fish who consumed GE grain, had the same result - both got fatter faster. Translated to humans, the study suggests: if you dine on meat from an animal which was fed GE grains or consume products made from GE grains like corn, you could get the same adverse life altering effects. You could get fatter faster and retain the weight. These GE foods transfer their effects to you.

The purpose of professor Åshild Krogdahl and her collaborators study, at the Norwegian Veterinary College, was to determine if eating genetically modified grain had any adverse effects on animals which included rats, mice, fish and pigs. The work was a multi-national collaboration with researchers from Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey and Australia.

The project did not just focus on weight gain but looked at the effects on organ changes too. Researchers found distinct changes to the intestines of animals fed GMOs compared to those fed non-GMOs. This confirms other studies done by US researchers. Significant changes occurred in the digestive systems of the test animals major organs including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more.

Krogdahl notes: " The ones who had fed on GM corn were slightly larger, they ate slightly more, their intestines had a different micro-structure, they were less able to digest proteins, and there were some changes to their immune system." This fact that 'they were less able to digest proteins' has huge implications in the biochemistry of amino acids necessary for all life processes. This not only may relate to a rise in obesity, but to increases in many modern diseases. These diseases include diabetes, digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (ADD), autoimmune diseases, sexual dysfunction, sterility, asthma, COPD and many more.

The proper digestion of protein is necessary for many biological functions which include providing the body with amino acids. Some amino acids, like essential amino acids, cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from other sources. Other sources of amino acids include milk, eggs, fish, meat, corn, soy, whole grains and other plant proteins. Disruption and lack of amino acids is directly responsible for many diseases. A GMO food source like genetically engineered corn, soy and products made from GMOs, which interferes with the bodies biochemistry, is not only dangerous to human health, it is dangerous to all life feeding on it. This includes farm animals, wild animals, honey bees, other pollinators, birds, amphibians, fish and bacteria.


Professor Krogdahl explains: "It has often been claimed that the new genes in genetically modified foods can't do any damage because all genes are broken down beyond recognition in the gut. Our results show the contrary that genes can be taken up across the intestinal wall, is transferred to the blood and is left in the blood, muscle and liver in large chunks so that they can be easily recognized."

The professor later again emphasized: "A frequent claim has been that new genes introduced in GM food are harmless since all genes are broken up in the intestines. But our findings show that genes can be transferred through the intestinal wall into the blood; they have been found in blood, muscle tissue and liver in sufficiently large segments to be identified ..... The biological impact of this gene transfer is unknown."

This is a very important finding which disproves Monsanto's and other bio-tech seed producing company claims that GE food is harmless.

There are no laws in the USA requiring genetically engineered food, or GMOs to be labeled. The biotech corporations which include Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, BASF, Syngenta and Bayer don't want you to know. The sales of their seeds, herbicides and other industrial farm chemicals depend on you not knowing what you are being exposed to. Studies have shown given a choice most consumers would not buy GMOs or products derived from GMOs.

The varieties of GE food, many of which contain bio-pesticides and herbicide resistance include: corn, maize, soy, canola, cotton, alfalfa, barley, rice, sugar beets, cabbage, sugar cane, wheat, zucchini, yellow summer squash, papaya, bananas, grapes, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, groundnut, chicory, cantaloupe, cucumber, melon, plum, apple... and counting! Many varieties are currently undergoing field trials so their pollen is already being shared in the environment corrupting honey bees and other pollinators destroying the planets naturally occurring biodiversity.


Readers are encouraged to contact their Congressional representatives, the EPA and the USDA and demand policy change for the protection of human health and the environment.


Anthony Samsel is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment and a retired consultant to Arthur D. Little, Inc.


Quotes by Professor Ashild Krogdahl translated from the original news article which appeared in Norwegian at: http://www.forskning.no/artikler/2012/juli/327547

 

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    Obesity, Corn, GMOs - USA Biotech Corporations Responsible for Epidemic of Diseases
    Authored by: PutneyReject on Monday, July 23 2012 @ 12:45 PM GMT+4
    "If you want to avoid obesity, then avoid eating genetically engineered ( GE ) corn, corn based products and animals that are fed a diet of GE grain."

    This completely distorts the study you cite and is nothing but alarmist claptrap.

    There may well be a discussion to be had on GM foods but this isn't the way to do it.
    Obesity, Corn, GMOs - USA Biotech Corporations Responsible for Epidemic of Diseases
    Authored by: AnthonySamsel on Monday, July 23 2012 @ 02:14 PM GMT+4
    The significant overlooked finding: "interfering with
    digestion of proteins," raises definite concerns regarding
    biochemical
    functions and amino acids. More study needs to be done.
    The Precautionary Principle has been ignored by US
    Biotech
    firms rushing to bring products to market without
    adequately testing them. Significant interference is seen
    worldwide by
    Biotech Corporations lobbying efforts to prevent labeling of
    GMOs and to further independent research into their
    products
    is appalling.

    Another independent study released by Giles-Eric Seralini
    et al, "A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn
    Varieties
    on Mammalian Health" has disturbing findings and also
    suggests the need for more research. Quotes from the
    paper:

    "Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side
    effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were
    sex- and
    often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with
    the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs,
    although
    different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also
    noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and
    haematopoietic
    system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of
    hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides
    specific to
    each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect
    metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot
    be
    excluded."

    "Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side
    effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were
    sex- and
    often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with
    the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs,
    although
    different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also
    noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and
    haematopoietic
    system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of
    hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides
    specific to
    each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect
    metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot
    be
    excluded.
    "The effects found after only 5 weeks of feeding or at
    lower 11% feed dose, cannot be neglected simply on the
    basis
    that they are less frequently observed. Compensation or
    recuperation could occur after tissues are harmed, as
    possibly
    observed in the case of mice fed a diet containing
    Roundup Ready GM soy [39]. Peak inflammatory
    processes may occur
    in damaged tissues, followed by a regeneration phase as
    observed after bacteria/viral infection or a chemical toxic
    insult
    [40, 41]. For instance, urine potassium decreases in male
    rats over time in the GM MON 863 group at the 11% feed
    dose, which was not observed in all but one of the
    controls. This effect is specifically time-dependent and
    thus does not
    appear to be artefactual. This type of punctual
    regeneration may be part of a carcinogenic process, and
    clearly even if
    total recovery occurs, this should not be taken as a sign
    that the GM feed is safe."

    To suggest that GMOs and the use of industrial herbicides
    are safe is ludicrous. Herbicides destroy amino acid
    biosynthesis at the molecular level. Agricultural herbicides
    are a major cause of disease worldwide.

    GMOs are an attempt by corporations to control the food
    supply and make the first profit in the sale of food. The
    first
    rule in making money in any business is: "The first profit
    is taken in the buying." If you make sure that there is a
    monopoly on seed sold to farmers you will take the first
    profit and royalties to boot when you are the only source
    and
    supply of what the farmer needs. The patenting of food
    for profit is unethical, but then again corporations have no
    conscience.
    Obesity, Corn, GMOs - USA Biotech Corporations Responsible for Epidemic of Diseases
    Authored by: mr.mike on Monday, July 23 2012 @ 09:00 PM GMT+4
    You obviously know better than to mention the "M" word. Good for you. They are one bad ass corporation. And are willing to squash anyone in their way.

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    Socialism... Ideas so good that they have to be mandatory.
    Obesity, Corn, GMOs - USA Biotech Corporations Responsible for Epidemic of Diseases
    Authored by: annikee on Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 02:52 PM GMT+4
    The history of Capitalism is a series of attempts to make ever-larger profit margins without looking at the harm it may cause.

    ---
    veritas fortis vocat
    Obesity, Corn, GMOs - USA Biotech Corporations Responsible for Epidemic of Diseases
    Authored by: pjmelton on Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 07:35 AM GMT+4
    With endocrine disruptors all around us, there are many
    possible environmental contributors to obesity, but that area
    of toxicology is still emerging. This is an interesting study,
    but if you really want to avoid obesity, I'd recommend
    starting with getting lots of exercise and eating only as many
    calories as you need—most of them from whole foods. While
    there's evidence of environmental causes of obesity, that's
    not a good excuse for eating crap (including non-GE organic
    crap) and being a couch potato.
    Obesity, Corn, GMOs - USA Biotech Corporations Responsible for Epidemic of Diseases
    Authored by: cgrotke on Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 03:27 PM GMT+4
    Or a genetically-modified couch potato... : )

    Food that we've grown or made, or obtained from someone
    we know, is almost always better than any factory substitute.
    I've studied it myself and it tastes quite nice.