Scientific study completed on genetically modified foods and Roundup
Sep 19, 2012
The use of Roundup was approved by government officials, based upon 90-day studies of its effects upon rats. But now the most complete study has been finished, based upon the entire 700-day life cycle of rats consuming "accepted" levels of Roundup in drinking water. The results are very disturbing.
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GM crops have been approved for human consumption on the basis of 90-day animal feeding trials. But three months is the equivalent of late adolescence in rats, who can live for almost two years (700 days), and there have long been calls to study the effects over the course of a lifetime.
The peer-reviewed study, conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Caen, found that rats fed on a diet containing NK603 Roundup resistant GM maize, or given water containing Roundup at levels permitted in drinking water, over a two-year period, died significantly earlier than rats fed on a standard diet.
Up to half the male rats and 70% of females died prematurely, compared with only 30% and 20% in the control group. Across both sexes the researchers found that rats fed Roundup in their water or NK603 developed two to three times more large tumours than the control group. By the beginning of the 24th month, 50-80% of females in all treated groups had developed large tumours, with up to three per animal.
Dr. Stephen Jones