The Organic Consumer’s Association sends weekly newsletters to my email account. Before I say anything about what arrived recently, I’d like to make a disclaimer: I do not remember ever submitting my email address to this association (in fact, I blame my mother). I do not put a lot of stock into anything they send me, as I find this organization to lack sophistication when it comes to advancing its ideas. I might call their newsletters “organic propaganda.” Whatever. This association makes a lot of bold statements and often fails to cite its sources.
But it’s still fun to read, and much of what the association tells me, I have already heard. So I think to myself, it’s not totally bunk.
What recently came to my attention was a summary of a study originating in Russia, involving GMO food (in this study, it was GMO soy, which represents approximately 90% of American soybean production) and hamsters (a never-before tested animal species).
Below you will find a link to the article (our Russian scientists, Dr. Mercola, has not yet officially published his findings. Hence, this article is merely a summary), and an excerpt stating the shocking findings:
“One group of hamsters was fed a normal diet without any soy whatsoever, a second group was fed non-GMO soy, a third ate GM soy, and a fourth group ate an even higher amount of GM soy than the third.
“At first all went well, but serious problems became apparent when they selected new pairs from the offspring.
“The first problem was that this second generation had a slower growth rate and reached their sexual maturity later than normal.
“However, this second generation eventually generated another 39 litters:
- The no-soy control group had 52 pups
- The non-GM soy had 78
- The GM soy had only 40, of which 25 percent died
Nearly all of the third-generation GMO babies were sterile!
But then an even bigger problem became apparent, because nearly all of the third generation hamsters lost the ability to have babies altogether.
Only a single third-generation female hamster gave birth to 16 pups, and of those, one fifth died.
In short, nearly the entire third generation of GM soy eaters were sterile!
But it doesn’t end there.
In the GM soy-fed groups they also found an unusually high prevalence of an otherwise extremely rare phenomenon – hair growing inside the animals’ mouths.
Gross. Apparently this is not the first study reporting infertility issues in animals fed high amounts of GMO food.
Can I put this into perspective? GMO technology is a very new thing. Anyone born after 1990 has been eating GMO food. GMO soy and/or GMO corn is found in most processed food: corn starch, corn syrup, HFCS, corn flakes are just the most basic examples of GMO corn; vegetable oil, soybean oil, soy lecithin, soy milk… a few basic examples of soy ingredients.
It’s everywhere, and not only is it everywhere, it’s not labelled. Thanks to ties between patent owners of GMO technology (Monsanto, in particular; see my article, “All About Monsanto,”) and government officials (particularly in the FDA), there is no labelling law of GMO ingredients in sight.
America, the land of the free, with a complete lack of food sovereignty. You eat what corporations want you to eat.
We already know that infertility is on the rise, don’t we?