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Health effects of GM

The saftey of GM crops for human consumption has NOT been established.

In Australia our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) conducts a 'pre-market safety assessment'. It does no testing itself, commissions no testing and requires no animal feeding trials. Instead FSANZ relies on the studies done by the companies that own the GM crops.

The studies done by the companies that own the GM crops are inadequate. For example, Monsanto did a test on their RoundUp Rready Canola planted in Australia in 2011. After 4 weeks of eating RR canola meal, rats had an unhealthy 12-16% increase in liver weight. This result was not followed up. 

The latest review of GM safety studies noted their limited number, that most reporting favourable findings had been conducted by the GM companies, and that the debate remains undecided at all levels.

In 2009 The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) released its position paper on Genetically Modified foods stating that 'GM foods pose a serious health risk' and calling for a moratorium on GM foods.

Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes 'there is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects' and that 'GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.'

The AAEM calls for:

  • A moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term safety testing and labeling of GM food.
  • Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community and the public to avoid GM foods.
  • Physicians to consider the role of GM foods in their patients' disease processes.
  • More independent long term scientific studies to begin gathering data to investigate the role of GM foods on human health.

Read the full report from the AAEM here.

More recently scientists claim to have found the insecticide in GM corn is now showing up in our bloodstream and the umbilical cord blood of pregnant women.

More research needs to be done to confirm these results and until such time, MADGE considers avoiding GM foods as the only SAFE option.

2015 Update - this year the World Health Organisation has classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp,  as a ‘probable carcinogen’.  See our 2015 Media Releases on this announcement. Also, read about countries around the world which are moving to the outright ban on glyphosate, and class action lawsuits against Monsanto for false safety claims