Genetically modified maize may cause liver and kidney problems

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Genetically modified maize may cause liver and kidney problems

Looks like Monsteranto will be under attack over reports on its franken food. BTW most of the world won't even let it over their borders, and now you can see that such precautions might not have been so silly afterall.

Environmental group Greenpeace launched a fresh attack on genetically modified maize developed by U.S. biotech giant Monsanto, saying on Tuesday that rats fed on one version developed liver and kidney problems.

Greenpeace said a study it had commissioned that was published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Technology showed rats fed for 90 days on Monsanto's MON863 maize showed "signs of toxicity" in the liver and kidneys.

"It is the first time that independent research, published in a peer-reviewed journal, has proved that a GMO authorized for human consumption presents signs of toxicity," Arnaud Apoteker, a spokesman for Greenpeace France said in a statement.

Campaigners against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) say that genetic modification technology is unproven and potentially dangerous and that GMO crops can contaminate other crops.

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By netchicken: posted on 16-3-2007

Iím not the least bit surprised by this; I donít think weíve got any pharmaceutical drugs that would
Be considered harmless let alone genetically modifying food. Humans and that defiantly includes
Me are still too dumb to understand how thing truly work otherwise whatís the need of trials if you
Know exactly whatís going on?
By Shan: posted on 16-3-2007

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's not approved for human consumption in the US anyway?

Right? *please say yes, please say yes*

Oh gosh - what about dog food?
By MELtdown: posted on 18-3-2007

Fraid so meltdown.

Look at this entry in wikipedia
Mind you you can't say all GM is bad GM.

Four countries represent 99% of total GM surface in 2001: United States (68%), Argentina (22%), Canada (6%) and China (3%). It is estimated that 70% of products on U.S. grocery shelves include GM-derived ingredients.

In particular, Bt corn, which produces the pesticide within the plant itself is widely grown, as are soybeans genetically designed to tolerate glyphosate herbicides. These constitute "input-traits" that financially benefit the producers, yet have only indirect environmental and marginal cost benefits to consumers.

In the US, by 2006 89% of the planted area of soybeans, 83% of cotton, and 61% maize was genetically modified varieties. Genetically modified soybeans carried herbicide tolerant traits only, but maize and cotton carried both herbicide tolerance and insect protection traits (the latter largely the Bacillus thuringiensus Bt insecticidal protein).

In the period 2002 to 2006, there were significant increases in the area planted to Bt protected cotton and maize, and herbicide tolerant maize also increased in sown area.[21]

The Grocery Manufacturers of America estimate that 75% of all processed foods in the U.S. contain a GM ingredient.
By netchicken: posted on 18-3-2007

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