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New England Journal of Medicine Article Recommends GMO Labeling, Questions Safety

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A new article in the New England Journal of Medicine questions GMO safety and recommends GMO labeling. “GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health” by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, M.D. and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D, concludes: “We believe the time has come to revisit the United States’ reluctance to label GM foods. Labeling will deliver multiple benefits. It is essential for tracking emergence of novel food allergies and assessing effects of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops. GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides and that two of these herbicides may pose risks of cancer.”

Dr. Landrigan is the Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital and Charles Benbrook is a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.

Their report continues: “GM foods and the herbicides applied to them may pose hazards to human health that were not examined in previous assessments. We believe that the time has therefore come to thoroughly reconsider all aspects of the safety of plant biotechnology.”

It also questions the introduction of the new herbicide cocktail Enlist Duo. “In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation. These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. We believe the EPA should delay implementation of its decision to permit use of Enlist Duo.”

Comments on the article include – The health threat of pharmaceutical producing GMOs: “I am a medical anthropologist with a strong biochemistry background. The greatest concern I have about GMO’s, an issue not mentioned in this article, is that Baker’s yeast and E. coli have been modified to produce hormones and other pharmaceuticals. Human insulin, for example, is produced by Novo Nordisk in yeast, and by Eli Lilly in E. coli, and these organisms have been released into the environment both accidentally and as part of the fermentation process. If these insulin producing organisms get into the intestines, they can produce insulin in the gut and result in hyperinsulinemia, which manifests as obesity and type 2 diabetes. This may be a cause of the obesity and diabetes epidemics. Indeed, given the importance of intestinal microflora to health, the contamination of microflora with GMO yeast and E. coli which produce hormones and drugs could create various metabolic diseases.”

https://www.academia.edu/8396829/Could_Genetically_Modified_Bakers_Yeast_Be_Causing_Obesity_Diabetes_and_Gluten_Intolerance

And this from a doctor – Dangerous rising levels of glyphosate in food may have health repercussions:
“The recent increase in glyphosate tolerances (limits) by EPA further increase the chances that glyphosate-induced imbalances in the intestinal flora may be contributing to increases in colitis and food intolerances with multi-system effects.  These increased levels of glyphosate in food are due to the inevitable weed resistance to glyphosate which has developed.”

And finally this from an Australian physician specializing in allergy/Immunology work: “For goodness sake look at the studies on animals fed GMO foods and also the website responsibletechnology.org. Our health depends on our food but it is becoming increasingly obvious that the control of the total world fruit and vegetable production is coming under the control of patented rights by no more than four or so companies – Monsanto, Bayer, DuPont, to name just three.  There have been no, repeat no independent proper studies and long-term effects of genetically modified foods and relying on the fox to look after the hen house is ridiculous. I have in addition to medicine been a wheat farmer for over 20 years in New South Wales Australia so I know a bit about all this.”

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1505660

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