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Science vs. World Leaders

In Medical Daily, Anoopa Singh documents a study that links GMO food toxins to anemia and other blood disorders:

“…in a new study where mice were fed endotoxin, researchers found that even the smallest, and once deemed safe, doses of the toxin appeared to cause harmful immune reactions.

Researchers looked at immune reactions in the exposed mice after one, three, and seven days. They found that after one day, the mouse’s blood contained many inflammation-inducing molecules. These inflammatory molecules were not localized to anywhere in particular, indicating that the blood was rejecting the toxin and the immune system was sending out molecules to mark it for immune attack. By the third day, the level of inflammatory agents in the blood had significantly increased, further indicating that the toxin was creating a negative effect in the mice, even at a small dose.

In terms of the blood itself, many adverse changes were observed as well. After three days, there was a significant reduction in red blood cell counts and hemoglobin in the blood. This led to hypochromia, or some loss of the red color of blood, because without enough red blood cells and hemoglobin, there cannot be enough oxygen in the blood – as a result, deoxygenated blood is very dark and nearly brown, while oxygenated blood is bright red. Between days three and seven, hemoglobin levels in the mice decreased by fivefold.”

World leaders nontheless claim these products are safe.  In a speech at the World Food Prize Foundation, US Secretary of State, John Kerry called them “smart” crops that can save money, save the environment and save lives:

“It is a virtuous circle.  And through innovation, we believe we can help alleviate the level of hunger and malnutrition today, but more than that, we can, hopefully, live up to our responsibilities for the future.”

In a major speech, UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, claims:

“the use of more precise technology and the greater regulatory scrutiny probably makes GMOs even safer than conventional plants and food”.

Ironically, Mr Paterson spoke at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, where he toured the only active GM crop trial in the UK.

It should also be noted that:

The United States is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of genetically modified food, and the U.S.-based Monsanto company is the world’s largest developer of genetically altered crops.  The company has engineered crops that thrive in some of the world’s worst climates and can protect themselves from diseases and pests.  The U.S. has promoted these crops as part of a solution to alleviate world hunger.  But many countries avoid genetically engineered plants fearing harmful long-term effects.