Study Finds GMO Corn Lacks Nutritional Value

For years, Monsanto has been claiming that its genetically-modified corn, also known as RoundUp Ready corn, is the key to feeding the hungry. But new research shows that this nutritionally-inferior corn will simply not measure up.

A recent study conducted by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in conjunction with Exact Scientific Services, Inc. found that genetically-modified foods have substantially less nutritional value than their traditional counterparts. The study found that corn has remarkably less protein as well as fewer healing compounds known as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are compounds that give fruits and vegetables their striking colors and have been linked to anti-cancer and heart-protecting capabilities.

The study assessed the percentage of protein found in a wide variety of heirloom corn samples in comparison to 4 genetically-modified corn samples. On average, the heirloom corn was made up of 9.91% protein, with some varieties containing as much as 12.57% protein. The genetically-modified varieties contained an average of only 7.1% protein. That means that a person would need to eat 28% more corn to get the same amount of protein.

RoundUp Ready corn has become one of the only types of corn on the marketplace, displacing many of the heirloom varieties that were once popular, including many colorful varieties. Red and purple varieties of corn contain anthocyanins while the more prevalent yellow varieties do not contain any of this valuable nutrient. According to research in the British Journal of Pharmacology, anthocyanins are potent anti-tumor compounds that can help prevent and treat cancer.

Corn was genetically-modified to tolerate glyphosate—a toxic pesticide that is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a probable carcinogen after the agency reviewed approximately 1000 studies on glyphosate’s effects on health. Glyphosate is also a well-known hormone disruptor. As is the case with many hormone disruptors, even miniscule amounts can throw off the human body’s delicate hormonal balance, which may lead to a host of health problems.

Glyphosate has been linked in scientific studies to non-Hodkin’s lymphoma—cancer of the lymphatic system. Monsanto, one of the main manufacturers and distributors of glyphosate has been engaged in lawsuits, including a recent landmark lawsuit resulting in a $289 million judgement against Monsanto. Glyphosate has also been linked to genetic damage to humans. It has also been linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and autism, infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, chronic kidney and liver diseases, diabetes, heart disease, and hypothyroidism.

There is sufficient evidence for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban all glyphosate-based products, including GMO corn and the RoundUp used to spray it yet the agency continues to allow these products to be sold to unsuspecting consumers. The agency had banned glyphosate over 30 years ago but then reversed its decision. Check out my blog “EPA Classified Roundup as Carcinogen 30 Years Ago…but Mysteriously Reversed Decision” to learn more.

As part of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed’s study on GMO versus heirloom corn, the company also reported the issues it faced while simply trying to conduct such research. According to their report, “We encountered more challenges than we expected as we sought to compare the nutritional content of our heirloom corn varieties with GMO corn. After making connections with several laboratories and universities, we were dismayed to find that most of them wanted nothing to do with comparing traditional corns with GMO varieties. The labs that were willing to test our corn would not allow us to use their names in the study. One university, after many prior conversations, stopped communicating with us completely upon finding out we intended to test GMO varieties. Throughout the years we have seen many scientists ‘discredited’ by corporate interests that don’t approve of the results of their research. Many universities rely on funding from corporate interests for their science departments. The idea of corporate-influenced lab results is now an absolute reality that is making it increasingly difficult for scientists to conduct real research.”

While their tests focused on protein and anthocyanins, GMO corn undoubtedly has other nutritional deficiencies, but they were not assessed as part of the Baker Creek study. Time and further testing will likely determine other ways in which GMO corn is inferior to other varieties of corn. In the meantime, it is best to avoid genetically-modified foods, including corn.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, co-founder of BestPlaceinCanada, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Cancer-Proof: All Natural Solutions for Cancer Prevention and HealingFollow her work.

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Dubravka T
Dubravka T14 minutes ago

What will be found about GMO products after ten years? Will another modification be needed?

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Leo Custer17 hours ago

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RICKY SLOAN17 hours ago

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Daniel v
Daniel v2 days ago

people in this country should really care.no GMO.no Monsanto. Killing people with a very slow dead. Very sad these day's all these children with cancer and we are the cause of all this

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Ingrid A3 days ago

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