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The Danger of GMO Soybeans


Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new Italian study (Tudisco et al., 2015). Published in the journal Small Ruminant Research, the researchers tested the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GMO soybeans. 

Roundup Ready soybeans are engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup and are sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto. They are some of the most widely grown soybeans in the world.

The reduced growth of the goat kids was attributed by the researchers to their observation that the milk of the GMO-fed mothers was significantly less nutritious and contained less of the IgG antibodies important for early growth.

Dr Judy Carman,Director of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research, Australia, told Independent Science News: “The differences in the composition of the colostrum between the mothers fed the GE soy and the non-GE soy were particularly striking. The colostrum from the GE-fed mothers contained only 2/3 of the fat, 1/3 of the protein and close to half of the IgG of the mothers fed the non-GM soy.”

Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of American farmland. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans grown on US farms each year are genetically engineered.


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