The International Journal of Biological Sciences recently reviewed the initial studies for GMO safety and highlighted inadequate research protocols and insufficient evidence (Vendomois et al. 2010). Negative health consequences are associated with ingestion of GMO’s. Research indicates a strong link between Non Hodgkin Lymphoma and exposure to Roundup (Eriksson, et al., 2008). Animal studies based on the consumption of GMO’s have shown liver, pancreas and kidney mutations suggesting toxic cell responses (Malatesta, 2003; Mackenzie et al, 2007). Over 50% of rat offspring died within 3 weeks after being fed GMO soy, survivors had stunted growth (Ernakova, 2005). Numerous animal studies reveal hematological changes, immune system alterations, organ toxicity, endocrine disruption, decreased fertility and biochemical changes that indicate potential serious health complications (Dona & Arvanitoyannis, 2009; Gasnier et al., 2009; Finamore et al 2008; Maletesta et al, 2008; Killic et al, 2008).
Many countries are requiring empirical research evidence for safety of GMO’s. The U.S. and most recently Boulder County, ignored worldwide scientific health concerns. These include unknown side effects of ingesting genetically modified DNA, ingestion of higher doses of Glycophosate (Roundup), and unknown side effects of consuming plants that produce their own pesticide. At least 20% of GMO plants continuously produce their own pesticide that remains inside the plant.
Although, we care about farmers, our primary concern should be children’s health and environment. Numerous officials in Boulder County are torn because they grew up with farmers. Although, I grew up in a very rural area with many ranchers and farmers that were family friends, I would not put my children’s health behind those friendships. As a healthcare provider and mother, I resent my tax dollars used for growth of food crops on open space that lack substantial, long term, repeated scientific studies with data that support health and safety claims.