Yesterday I stumbled across the sort of headline you just don’t see very often. There’s been a lot of speculation, and a few scattered studies, but for the most part most “scientific” studies about GMOs have unfortunately been limited to the people creating the GMOs. Other scientists who try and study the effects are often ignored, harassed, or even shut down.
This particular study hails from Russia, and I’ll be very interested to see where this goes.
found via the Organic Consumer’s Organization weblog.
“This study was just routine,” said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. …
After feeding hamsters for two years… those on the GM diet … showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies….
And if this isn’t shocking enough, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside their mouths…
check out the entire article (warning, this IS animal testing, for those sensitive to such things) for a LOT more and some pretty strange photos of abnormalities.
(creative commons photo from iita media library)