June 8th, 2011 | simcha | No Comments »
A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of genetically modified crops. The research found Bt toxin, which is present in many GM crops, in human blood.
Bt toxin makes crops toxic to pests. The way it works is that crops contain a special added gene that allows them to produce an insecticide. This way, when bugs attempt to eat the crop they’re killed right away as the plant contains an invisible, built-in pesticide shield. It has been claimed that the toxin poses no danger to the environment and human health; the argument was that everything was just fine because the protein breaks down in the human gut. But the presence of the toxin in human blood shows that this does not happen.
According to the Journal of Reproductive Toxicology, “it appears the toxin is quite prevalent, as upon testing 69 pregnant and non-pregnant women who were eating a typical Canadian diet (which included foods such as GM soy, corn and potatoes), researchers found Bt toxin in:
- 93 percent of maternal blood samples
- 80 percent of fetal blood samples
- 69 percent of non-pregnant women blood samples
This is the first study to reveal the presence of circulating PAGMF [pesticides associated with genetically modified foods] in women with and without pregnancy, paving the way for a new field in reproductive toxicology including nutrition and utero-placental toxicities.”
It seems pretty clear from this study that if you eat GM foods that contain the insecticidal Bt toxin, it appears likely that it will be transferred to your bloodstream. Currently, about 85 percent of the corn grown in the United States is genetically engineered to either produce an insecticide, or to survive the application of herbicide. And about 92 percent of all soybeans are genetically engineered to survive massive doses of Roundup herbicide.
Yet another reason that GM foods should be labeled. People have the right to know what they are eating! Choose Organic.