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Aaltrude
05-24-11, 04:09 PM
By Matt Spaeth (http://foodintegritynow.org/author/admin/) on May 19, 2011

Most Americans remain blissfully unaware (or don’t care) they are eating genetically-modified (GM) organisms every day. Passivity and blind faith in the USDA, FDA and EPA have largely contributed to this attitude. Perhaps that will change now that a new study (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/toxin-from-gm-crops-found-in-human-blood/1/137728.html) reveals an insecticide produced in GM corn actually gets absorbed into the human body.

If you haven’t been paying attention to your food lately, biotechnology giants such as Monsanto thank you for that. Because behind your back, they’ve succeeded in replacing 86% of US corn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgenic_maize) with their patented insecticide-producing “frankencorn”.

The industry name for this is “Bt corn” and the insecticide is actually produced inside the plant, so it is impossible to wash it off. This is accomplished by inserting genes from the bacteria Bacillus Thuringiensis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillus_thuringiensis) into the corn.

Up until now, scientists and multinational corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont have spent billions in lobbying, campaign donations and “testing” in an attempt to convince world governments that GMOs are safe. In the case of Bt corn, they stated the insecticide produced within the corn posed no danger to human health because it was broken down in the digestive system.

Despite corporate assurances, many have been skeptical. Non-GMO advocates such as Jeffrey Smith from The Institute For Responsible Technology (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/) and the Organic Consumers Association (http://www.organicconsumers.org/) have long been concerned about the potential impact this Bt toxin could have on human health.

Scientists from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, proved the validity of these concerns when they detected the insecticidal protein, Cry1Ab, circulating in the blood of both pregnant and non-pregnant women. They also detected the toxin in fetal blood, suggesting that the toxin can be passed on to the fetus. The research paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Reproductive Toxicology.

Read more: http://foodintegritynow.org/2011/05/19/gmo-study-omg-you’re-eating-insecticide/ (http://foodintegritynow.org/2011/05/19/gmo-study-omg-you%E2%80%99re-eating-insecticide/)

Reesacat
05-24-11, 04:52 PM
EEKKK-posted that to my FB page. Finding the insecticidal protein Cry1Ab from GMO Bt corn in the blood of women, pregnant women and their fetuses is horrible.

Islander
05-24-11, 10:02 PM
Here's the abstract. To see the original article requires paid membership, which is reasonable but not something I'm prepared to do.
http://tinyurl.com/3oul4qa

Islander
05-31-11, 10:14 AM
Just FTR: We broke this story 12 days before JM published it.

Reesacat
05-31-11, 10:32 AM
I saw the latest newsletter from JM and thought the same thing! Way to go, Aaltrude!

Islander
05-31-11, 11:35 AM
I did change the title from "OMG, we're eating insecticide" (or something similar) because, thought it got attention, it didn't reflect the latest horror story in the anti-GM movement.