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Rats Eating GMO Corn Get Tumors, Die Early

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Food Fights Over Organics and GMOs

Seralini’s study is unleashing as much disagreement as the Stanford University study that found that organics are no more nutritious than conventional ones. Some scientists, regarding the Stanford study, remind us to keep ourselves focused not on the particularities, errors, etc. of one individual study but on the bigger picture.

The Pump Handle at Science Blogs points out that, besides the headline-making claim about organic foods not being more nutritious, the Stanford study also found that organic foods contain 30 percent fewer pesticide residues. Recent work by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has indeed discovered a “strong association between prenatal pesticide exposure and adverse impacts on behavior, brain structure, cognitive ability, and neurodevelopment.”

Even more, Casaubon’s Book, also at Science Blogs, reminds us that “the reality is that organics started because of concern about the larger environment, not to make your food extra nutritious.” Organics aren’t only about making a healthier tomato, but about figuring out how might we produce food using sustainable methods that are far more friendly for the environment, that don’t require burning fossil fuels.

Maybe North Americans aren’t “dropping like flies” despite eating GMO corn for over ten years. Maybe it would have been better if Seralini had presented his study‘s results with less fanfare.

But it’s not just that “Roundup Ready” corn is not what nature gave us. Farmers who use the corn must buy new seeds (from Monsanto) every year and use plenty of Roundup (made by Monsanto) to keep their fields weed-free. As the Union of Concerned Scientists points out, wouldn’t it be better for the collective health of ourselves and our planet not to keep buying Monsanto’s products, but to grow our food in ways that minimize environmental pollution?

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Yes, Organics are Better for You: New Study Misses the Mark

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9:44PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Love the final rhetorical question!

7:42AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Shut down Monsanto now !!! Arrest all the CEO's and fine them $100 million Make a felony enforceable law for any sale of GM foods. Petition,. demonstrate for the health and lives of our children and seniors. Imprison the profiteers, the greedy elites who poison our food supply. Outlaw the neo-con right wing repugliscum fascists. Waterboard the Corporate vampires, the wall street vultures, the CEo banking crooks. Raise the minimum wage to $20/hr; the maximum income by law to $100,000/yr. Free Universal Health care, free University Education for our children. We are the 99%, the evil 1% are criminals who parasite off our blood, sweat, tears. Bring back Democracy to America, decency, honor, economic equality, air play, and social justice.

1:19PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Nie powinno się torturować żywnością GMO ani zwierząt ani ludzi.

2:48AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Very interesting, thanks.

5:38AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Cyrlle D., As a French women, is this the kind of scientific work the French want to be known for considering how this study was conducted ?

5:20AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

So scary. I'm French and heard about this research on the radio. I'm happy we don't have GMOs on our market here. But, having an American boyfriend, I'm worried for him and for what I'll eat when I'm in the US from now on ! You never truly know...

8:16AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

If we can't ban 'em, at least label 'em!

Vote YES on Prop 37 in CA

6:36AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

Stare vijesti.

4:26AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

When Society or an organisation/s mess with the natural food of course there are going to be problems for everybody concerned even the rats.

2:02AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

I'm just wondering when we believe science and when reject it?

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