Take GM Corn off the Shelves!
- by: Care2.com
- recipient: FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg
As Monsanto prepares to unleash its latest Genetically-Modified (GM) corn supercrop, the International Journal of Biological Sciences has revealed the true cost of these crops.
The study focused on three GM corn crops -- Mon 863, Mon 801 and NK 603 -- and found that they caused statistically significant rates of kidney and liver malfunction, as well as some heart, adrenal, spleen and blood damage in rats. These crops have been approved for consumption in the U.S. and many countries in Europe without proper research into their affect on human health.
GM technology inserts non-food genes into the DNA of food, sometimes making the crop more resilient to herbicides and other times causing them to produce toxic proteins that act as pesticides themselves. This process changes the structure of the food drasticcally and presents humans with substances that have never been a part of the human or animal diet.
Several countries in Europe, such as Germany and France, have already banned GM crops, including Mon 801. But the U.S. FDA has done us a potentially dangerous disservice by simply taking Monsanto's word that these genetically modified crops are safe and not doing any testing! This 90-day study was just the beginning, and these GM crops must be studied further instead of being immediately available for human consumption.
Tell the FDA to take these genetically modified corn varieties off the shelves until a peer-reviewed, two-year study can determine if they are safe for human consumption!
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Dear FDA Commissioner Hamburg,
A recent study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences has shown that three Genetically-Modified corn crops produced by Monsanto -- Mon 863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603 -- caused kidney and liver damage as well as some heart, adrenal, spleen and blood damage in rats.
It is extremely concerning that these crops have been put on the market without proper research on their affects on humans, and this study is enough to warrant the complete removal of these products from the market until a proper 2-year peer-reviewed study can be conducted on their effect on human health. Taking Monsanto's word is simply not good enough, and is frankly a great disservice to the American people.
Please read the study published by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, which can be found here: http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm. Then please act for the safety of the American people and insist on proper research on the safety of genetically-modified vegetables.