DEFRA and other government departments, please note this article in The Grocer and resist corporate blandishments

The Grocer, not usually seen as a hotbed of radical protest, reports Monsanto GM  products implicated in ‘shocking’ new cancer study

The Grocer, a market-leading weekly magazine celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, is read by directors of the large multiples to independent retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, as well as growers, food processors, manufacturers, key opinion formers and the national media.

Yesterday its senior reporter, Elinor Zuke, wrote about a peer-reviewed study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Caen, which has just been published in the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, though a link to the study is not yet online there.

The research found that rats fed on a diet containing NK603 Roundup resistant GM maize, or given water containing Monsanto’s Roundup at levels permitted in drinking water, over a two-year period, died significantly earlier than rats fed on a standard diet. Even rats exposed to the smallest amounts developed mammary tumours and severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months in males, and seven months for females, compared with 23 and 14 months respectively for a control group.

In 2008, in response to a Greenpeace press release, Monsanto made a statement on safety allegations related to transgenic maize NK603, published on its website.

Dr Michael Antoniou, molecular biologist at King’s College London, and a member of CRIIGEN, the independent scientific council which supported the Caen research, said: “This research shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more aggressively – particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts. The rat has long been used as a surrogate for human toxicity. All new pharmaceutical, agricultural and household substances are, prior to their approval, tested on rats. This is as good an indicator as we can expect that the consumption of GM maize and the herbicide Roundup, impacts seriously on human health”.

Roundup is widely available in the UK, and recommended on Gardeners Question Time, but the team found that even the lowest doses of Roundup, which fall well within authorised limits in drinking tap water, were associated with severe health problems.

A consultation led by DEFRA’s  Green Food Project  recommended as recently as 10 July 2012 that GM must be reassessed as a possible solution:


As yet, GM maize is not consumed directly by humans in the UK and Europe but is widely used in animal feed without the requirement for GM labelling.

A video link was given to a film – under three minutes long – in which an overview of the situation and research is given in plain language and the affected rats seen live.


Posted on September 20, 2012, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Lobbying, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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