Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GMO foods. There was one study that proved that the genetic material in GMO soy transfers to our intestines and continues to function. That is important to take into consideration because we do know that it does stay in our system. So what is the danger of this staying in our body?
A Russian biologist by the name of Alexey V. Surov found that gmo soy can inhibit growth and reproduction in lab animals. The results are as follows:
1. After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.
2. And if this isn’t shocking enough, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside their mouths—a phenomenon rarely seen, but apparently more prevalent among hamsters eating GM soy.
3. In 2005, Irina Ermakova, also with the Russian National Academy of Sciences, reported that more than half the babies from mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks. This was also five times higher than the 10% death rate of the non-GMO soy group. The babies in the GM group were also smaller and could not reproduce.
4. When Ermakova fed male rats GM soy, their testicles changed from the normal pink to dark blue.
5. A study published in The Anatomical Record in 2009 found that female rats fed GM soy for 15 months showed significant changes in their uterus and reproductive cycle, compared to rats fed organic soy or those raised without soy.
Soy affects fertility and reproduction in lab animals tested. Are we allowed to correlate that back to us? Over 90% of the soy we consume in North America is GMO soy, and it is put in a ridiculous amount of food that we buy. Could the fact that we are being inundated with it in our food supply have anything to do with the reproductive problems we are facing? I gotta say, I am sad for the animals being tested and I kind of feel like a human guinea pig myself at this point. There is no labelling requirement for GMOs so without arming yourself with knowledge you could be impacting your health. That is upsetting. Do we all have that much time? Why aren’t GMOs labelled if they are safe?
On a happy note, I completely understand why Kashi is tryingto make non GMO products. As the consumer we are allowed to ask questions and decide if we want to feed our family GMOs. The more of us who choose not to means more manufacturers will work to provide us with GMO free food. Not only that but by saying no to GMO you are standing up for the people trying to make a living by farming who are being pushed into planting these crops. ~ But that’s a whole new rant.
You’re in the driver’s seat,
I got the following information from the http://www.responsibletechnology.org/ and I highly recommend you check them out.