GMO Feed Alters Pigs' Stomachs
Pigs fed genetically modified grain had higher stomach inflammation: study
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2013 9:44 AM CDT
Not all pig feed is created equal.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – If the thought of eating genetically modified food makes you a bit sick in the stomach, you're not alone. A new study has found that pigs who were fed a diet of GM corn and soy had a higher rate of stomach inflammation than those who strictly ate regular feed. Of the 168 pigs slaughtered then autopsied in the study, 32% of the GM-fed porkers showed severe stomach inflammation, versus 12% of those consuming non-GM food, Reuters reports. The difference was more profound in male pigs, though the GM-fed female pigs displayed a remarkable change of their own: uteri that were 25% heavier than those of their non-GM counterparts.

"The thing about a pig is that their digestive system is very similar to that of a human," the lead researcher told ABC Radio. "So the fact we've got these results in the stomachs of pigs means that we should really start looking to see if we're getting similar effects in the stomachs of humans." Reuters notes that no variations were observed in terms of weight gain or mortality rate. The study follows previous claims that the proteins produced by GM genes could trigger digestive issues. (See photos of the two types of stomachs here.)

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Jun 18, 2013 6:14 PM CDT
If this was China, Monsanto officials would have been rounded up and executed in public. We have a lot to learn from China.
Jun 12, 2013 9:02 PM CDT
The studies saying GMO crops are benign and the glyphosate in Roundup is harmless are not peer reviewed or even open to inspection -- Monsanto pays for these studies and keeps a tight lid on them. To learn how evil Monsanto is, watch this excellent documentary, based on the award winning book "The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Battle for the World's Food Supply." According to an independent study published in the journal Entropy in April 2013, glyphosate is related to debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The study says the negative impact on the human body is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body… it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.” A 2012 study published in the journal Archives of Toxicology showed Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications. Industry regulators and long-term studies look at glyphosate in isolation, instead of looking at Roundup’s full formulation, which includes secret added ingredients. These “confidential” and unlabeled ingredients, when measured as a whole, affect all living cells, including human cells. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. According to the EPA, at least 208 million tons of Roundup were sprayed on GE crops, lawns and roadsides in the years 2006 and 2007. In 2007, as much as 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by U.S. farmers, double the amount used just six years ago. A 2009 study found that Americans use about 100 million pounds of glyphosate annually on their lawns and gardens. It’s safe to assume all these number are much higher now. Why? Because GE crops are now being invaded by new strains of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” requiring higher and higher doses of poison.
Jun 12, 2013 8:32 PM CDT
Great. That means a higher incidence of things like IBS and Crohns Disease, which means a bigger market for gluten free and organic foods. We need to be REALLY careful when we start playing around with genetically modifying food.