Genetically engineered food or GMOs are rarely investigated, and many scientists have not run tests to make sure that these edibles are safe to eat. Recently, some scientists that work for the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology decided to explore this little researched subject and discovered some scary results. French researchers on the project fed rats genetically engineered corn and found that they suffered mammary tumors as a result. The GMO corn was called Monsanto’s NK603. It is a variety of corn that is created to live through large dousing of round-up. Roundup is a pesticide that is often spritzed on nonorganic produce. Researchers have already shown that this chemical can be dangerous to humans because it is absorbed by the plants and then consumed in a person’s diet.
In the study, researchers fed the rats GMO corn and then gave them water laced with Roundup at the legal levels permitted in the United States. The exposed rats developed more mammary tumors than the control group and suffered organ damage. 20 percent of all males and 50 percent of all females who were drinking the Roundup and eating the GMO corn died early. GMOs have also been linked to allergies and digestive diseases in the past.
Critics who support GMO use say that the new research is not reliable or the results in rats don’t reflect the results that GMOs have on humans. The new research could support the Proposition 37 Right to Know initiative in California. This proposition says that if it is passed all manufacturers will be required to label their products with a warning that claims that there are GMOs inside. The proposition has worried the GMO industry, because they don’t want to lose business if GMOs start being connected with cancer and other illnesses.
Monsanto’s, one GMO company, has donated $7 million to strike down Proposition 37. If you have developed a disease and think you can link it back to a food with GMOs, then talk to a personal injury lawyer to determine whether or not you have the right to litigate. You may be able to argue that you were not properly warned of the risks of consuming a product. Currently, 90 percent of all Californians that will be faced with Proposition 37 say that they will vote for labeling on products that have GMOs enclosed. The only way to know if your food is pesticide and GMO-free at present is to buy organic. Organic foods can be expensive, and are typically only available at high-end grocery stores or farmer’s markets. Make sure that you discuss your situation with a lawyer if you believe you can link your cancer or another disease back to GMOs on your produce!