Friday, May 28, 2010

By 3rd Generation, Hamsters Fed GM Soy Lost Ability to Have Babies, Pups Slowed Growth, High Mortality

Tags: Hamsters Fed GM Soybeans, Hindered Fertility, Growth, Caused Deaths in 3rd Generation

Found link to following article at Mercola has video interview with Jeffrey Smith author of Seeds of Destruction and Genetic Roulette. Comments on research findings in Russia.

It is not known whether the genetic modification of soybeans or the Round Up weed killer residue is causing the problem. Long term studies on animals were either not done or hidden from the public by Monsanto and Academics who were not funded to do independent research. The FDA OK came when Monsanto had their top Public Relations propagandist in a high position in the FDA.

Jim Kawakami, May 28, 2010,

By 3rd Generation, Hamsters Fed GM Soy Lost Ability to Have Babies, Pups Slowed Growth, High Mortality April 20, 2010, Jeffrey Smith

"This study was just routine," said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. What he discovered may uproot a multi-billion dollar industry.

After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.

And if this isn't shocking enough, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside their mouths—a phenomenon rarely seen, but apparently more prevalent among hamsters eating GM soy.

The study, jointly conducted by Surov's Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Association for Gene Security, is expected to be published in three months (July 2010)—so the technical details will have to wait. But Surov sketched out the basic set up for me in an email.

He used Campbell hamsters, with a fast reproduction rate, divided into 4 groups. All were fed a normal diet, but one was without any soy, another had non-GM soy, a third used GM soy, and a fourth contained higher amounts of GM soy. They used 5 pairs of hamsters per group, each of which produced 7-8 litters, totally 140 animals.

Surov told The Voice of Russia,

"Originally, everything went smoothly. However, we noticed quite a serious effect when we selected new pairs from their cubs and continued to feed them as before. These pairs' growth rate was slower and reached their sexual maturity slowly." ...

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