||Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM
genetically modified (GM) corn is banned in most of the world, it has
been approved as "safe" for human consumption in the U.S. for 12 years
and is now likely unknowingly consumed, in one form or another, by more
than 90% of Americans on a regular basis. But a recent series of
peer-reviewed studies were published in 2008 confirming previous
studies indicating potentially severe health and environmental problems
associated with the biotech crops. Recent alarming scientific research
1) A new long term study by the Austrian government confirms previous
findings that consumption of GM corn, for as little as 20 weeks, can
damage the reproductive system, lower fertility rates and increase
illness and death rates in offspring.
2) Researchers in Mexico reported in December that some popular
varieties of GM corn negatively affect the learning response of bees.
Scientists say this may be an indicator of the cause of Colony Collapse
Disorder, a recent catastrophic and mysterious die-off of as much as
30% of the world's honey bee population in the past couple of years.
3) In Italy, scientists published a study that put the biotech industry
in a public relations tailspin. In the study, laboratory tests showed a
direct connection between consumption of GM corn and a damaged immune
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