‘Roundup’ the Neighbors and Kids, Folks… This One’s a Doozy

90-Day GMO & ‘Roundup’ Studies Ending Prematurely – Grave Consequences

A recent French study performed by a team of scientists under the direction of molecular biologist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, sustained by CRIIGEN, an independent research organization, produced alarming analyses concerning the digestion of, and long-term reaction to, Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and the company’s renowned weed-killer ‘Roundup’ among groups of lab-rats. The rats were fed a lifetime (two years) of the corn and weed-killer and, after four months since the study’s inception, began showing frightful signs of response which only intensified afterward, implying that the commonly accepted 90-day studies have been ending prematurely in their full analysis of side-effects.
The symptoms of the GM corn and ‘Roundup’ among the lifetime-exposed rodents include massive mammary tumors, multiple organ damage, especially pertaining to the liver and kidneys, as well as heightened mortality rates. The study showed that 70% of female and 50% of male rats died early when contrasted with the respective 20% and 30% death-rates of the control group.
“[The] study published today finds that rats with prolonged exposure to roundup-ridden corn suffered health problems including mammary tumors and severe liver and kidney damage. While numerous 90-day studies have already linked GMO foods to allergies and other health problems, the study, which was published in “Food and Chemical Toxicology,” marks the first-ever long term animal study on the health effects of genetically engineered foods.”
In response, “Monsanto said at the time of the earlier research that the French researchers had reached unsubstantiated conclusions. Seralini believes his latest lifetime rat tests give a more realistic and authoritative view of risks than the 90-day feeding trials that form the basis of GM crop approvals, since three months is only the equivalent of early adulthood in rats.”
In summation of the ‘Sustainable Food Trust’ YouTube video featuring the Director Patrick Holden, genetically modified corn is widely grown in America, fed to commonly consumed livestock, primarily cows, pigs and chickens, which is then digested by humans as processed through animals. ‘Roundup,’ being the world’s most popular weed-killer, is consistently finding its way into our foodstuffs, which could induce severe health-based results.

Counting the Convoluted Cost

It is worth noting that, according to the Reuters.com article from September 19th, “Although the lead researcher’s past record as a critic of the industry may make other experts wary of drawing hasty conclusions, the finding will stoke controversy about the safety of GM crops.
In an unusual move, the research group did not allow reporters to seek outside comment on their paper before its publication in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology and presentation at a news conference in London.”
With so many eyes directed toward the aftermath of genetically modified food studies, politics are swimming with intense motions towards monitoring food production and notifying the public on what exactly is being placed on the dinner table. California’s ‘Proposition 37 Right to Know’ initiative promoting the labeling of genetically engineered food is making big waves as America moves toward the November elections. “The initiative has two main provisions: first, requiring ‘labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specific ways,’ and secondly, banning foods from being labeled ‘natural’ when they contain genetically-altered ingredients.”
For now we’ll need to educate ourselves on the facts, act to make our collective voices heard regarding the condition of our personal and communal health, and wait to see what new laws will, or will not, be put in place.
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Sources

http://laist.com/2012/09/19/french_study_finds_massive_tumors_i.php
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/gmcrops-safety-idUSL5E8KJAGN20120919
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SzXvBwvhd4