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Garber writes: "Yet another study has concluded that feeding animals GMOs results in higher rates of infant mortality and causes fertility problems."

GMO-fed hamsters have higher rates of infant mortality and fertility problems. (photo: Natural Society)
GMO-fed hamsters have higher rates of infant mortality and fertility problems. (photo: Natural Society)


GMO-Fed Hamsters Become Infertile, Have Stunted Growth

By Lisa Garber, Natural Society

08 August 12

 

et another study has concluded that feeding animals GMOs results in higher rates of infant mortality and causes fertility problems. Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov and other researchers fed Campbell hamsters (which have fast reproduction rates) Monsanto GM soy for two years. It should be noted that hamsters do not evolutionarily eat soy-just as cows fed Monsanto corn are actually ruminants and would not naturally eat corn.

"Originally, everything went smoothly," Surov told broadcasting service The Voice of Russia. Surov and the researchers fed the same diet to three generations of the hamsters, and that's when they noticed things going awry.

"We noticed quite a serious effect when we selected new pairs from their cubs and continued to feed them as before. These pairs' growth rate was slower and reached their sexual maturity slowly." By the third generation, the hamsters were infertile.

Many animals on the GM diet even displayed rare, strange pathologies like hair growing in recessed pouches inside their mouths. "Some of these pouches contained single hairs," said Surov in Doklady Biological Sciences, "others, thick bundles of colorless or pigmented hairs reaching as high as the chewing surface of the teeth. Sometimes, the tooth row was surrounded with a regular brush of hair bundles on both sides. The hairs grew vertically and had sharp ends, often covered with lumps of mucous." Surov and other authors concluded that because rates of hairy mouths occurred more frequently in third-generation GM-fed animals, the condition may have resulted of the GM feed. Surov says contaminants and herbicide residue (like Roundup) could be to blame as well.

Other than fertility problems, the GMO phenomenon has been noticed elsewhere-even in our own United States. Farmers using GM feed have reported infertile pigs and cows. Other incidents involving GMOs include:

  • Austrian researchers reporting 4th generation "Frankencorn"-fed mice totally infertile.

  • Thousands of dead sheep, buffalo, and goats in India after grazing on GM cottonseed.

  • Offspring of mother rats fed GM soy dead within three weeks and recorded smaller sizes.

  • Cooked GM soy with up to 7 times the amount of a soy allergen.

  • Organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, and changed enzyme levels.

  • Excessive cell growth in the stomach lining of GM-potato-fed rats, potentially leading to cancer.

  • GMO corn contributing to human obesity and organ disruption.

Overall, GM sounds like a sweet deal only for Monsanto (and our own FDA and USDA, repeatedly found in bed with them). It remains a bad deal for us, the consumers.


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+15 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-08-08 17:29
Maybe people will get their offspring from sperm and egg banks from samples from 20 years ago. Corn from 20 year old corn doesn't lead to corn syrup deadly to bees
 
 
+13 # PhilO 2012-08-08 22:39
Where can I find the results of this study with the hamsters??? I am a biologist, and prefer to read the original reports.
 
 
-37 # Bob P 2012-08-09 06:36
I agree, but if the study is valid only one or a few GMOs are involved. I'm sure that there are beneficial GMOs also. We shouldn't condemn all GMOs because of the bad examples.
 
 
+12 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-09 13:16
I noticed a distinct lack of reporting on hamsters that had been fed nonGMsoy in the article. As the article itself mentioned, soy is not exactly a balanced diet for hamsters.
 
 
+30 # cordleycoit 2012-08-08 21:26
Coming soon to a child near you:Obesity, stupidity and poor heath. All you have to do is nothing and you will recive the perfect child complete with a non-education. All this is brought to you by your Representative a bought and paid for servant of Monsanto.
 
 
+8 # mccallum 2012-08-08 21:48
Was there a control group eating non-GMO soy?

" ... the condition MAY have resulted of the GM feed."

"...contaminants and herbicide residue (like Roundup) could be to blame as well."

The rest is anecdotal.

I don't believe the contents justify the headline.
 
 
0 # seakat 2012-08-10 21:43
Quoting mccallum:
Was there a control group eating non-GMO soy?

" ... the condition MAY have resulted of the GM feed."

"...contaminants and herbicide residue (like Roundup) could be to blame as well."

The rest is anecdotal.

I don't believe the contents justify the headline.


Yes, there was a control group:

"He used Campbell hamsters, with a fast reproduction rate, divided into 4 groups. All were fed a normal diet, but one was without any soy, another had non-GM soy, a third used GM soy, and a fourth contained higher amounts of GM soy. They used 5 pairs of hamsters per group, each of which produced 7-8 litters, totally 140 animals."

From http://real-agenda.com/2011/11/01/genetically-modified-soy-linked-to-sterility-infant-mortality/

And think about your contaminants quote for just a second. Would non-GMO soy be able to grow well with Roundup residue? So isn't this a chose your poison argument?
 
 
-1 # kellynepal 2012-08-08 21:50
Although I am very much against GMO, unfortunately, this study is flawed, primarily because Hamsters were fed food that they don't normally eat. A better study would have been if they had had a control group that ate non-GMO soy for three generations and then compare the results. Who is to say what eating food that an animal normally doesn't eat wouldn't affect them generations later?
 
 
+7 # pbbrodie 2012-08-09 05:59
This is a very poorly written article.

Who says there wasn't a control group?
Were they peer reviewed?
How can you say there could have been a better study, when this article gives you so little to go on about this one?
I disagree with the statement that the study is flawed because of feeding the hamsters soy, when they do not normally eat soy. As they pointed out, cows do not naturally eat corn but they sure eat it in copious quantities in captivity. The study was evidently attempting to reproduce the state of current affairs, not what is natural. It won't be long before very little of what we and our animals eat is natural.

There are numerous other questions about the article that need to be answered. Like portiz, I would like to see the original papers and come to my own conclusions.
 
 
+1 # angelfish 2012-08-08 23:30
We are done.
 
 
+22 # chrisconnolly 2012-08-08 23:47
There definitely needs to be further study on all of these pronouncements and more, but Monsanto should not be allowed to use us as their own private lab rats. They are messing with Mother nature without all the facts. Growing hair in our mouths is not just an inconvienience, it obviously brings infertility with it. Why are our politicians allowing such risk to all of life? At this rate, even if we can decide to grow our own, GMO's won't let us. The plague will be out of the bag and Monsanto exec's will go down with the rest of us.
 
 
+15 # Majikman 2012-08-08 23:51
About a year ago NPR did a fascinating report about 2 corn fields: one a non-GMO just harvested and a GMO ready to be picked. Free roaming cows did not touch the GMO field, nor did wild animals, racoons etc. On the already harvested non-GMO field, the cows and wild critters snacked contentedly.
Another report on rats fed a 100% nutritionally complete, but synthetic, diet were also sterile by the 3rd generation.
If Mother Nature didn't make it, don't eat it....which means all processed food-like substances, if you want to maintain your health.
 
 
+2 # michaeladler 2012-08-09 00:39
This study has insufficient replication to be considered conclusive. This website has a very good review: http://veganskeptic.blogspot.com/2011/10/alexey-surov-and-gm-soy-recurrent-tale.html
 
 
+10 # Ralph Averill 2012-08-09 02:31
Infertility? If GM foods have the same effect on humans, they could save the planet!
I view these kinds of lab tests with a great deal of skepticism. There is nothing more unlike reality than a laboratory. A better test would be to live-capture wild rodents living in the fields where GMOs are grown, and lots of Roundup applied, and see what is going on with them. One should also take a look at the predators, i.e. hawks, that eat the field rodents. We already know that feed-lot cattle is a bad thing no matter what they're fed.
GMOs are good for Monsanto and mega-agribusine ss, and not much else. Buy local, support your farmers' market. There is one near you.
 
 
+12 # chazza 2012-08-09 03:01
Hey this is brilliant! Monsanto deserve the Nobel Prize for solving the looming food crisis and the population crisis at a single stroke. As long as they continue to refuse food aid, North Koreans may yet inherit the earth.
 
 
+9 # Alice 2012-08-09 10:37
and the French, who are refusing any GMO seed or food.
 
 
+4 # m... 2012-08-09 03:18
This creepy GMO stuff and what it appears to be a rather huge Corporate effort to literally foist this stuff into the global food chain and into as many living bodies as possibles against any and all opposition no matter how large and broadly expressed (most likely for no other reason than Corporate profit before any and all other considerations as per usual policy now) seems like ripe fodder for Bilderberg Conspiracy Theorists for sure... :)
 
 
+8 # jwb110 2012-08-09 05:36
Fertility rates in men have dropped by 50% since WWII because of insecticide and chemicals that that male body recognizes as estrogens. Add this increased use of GMOs and then ask yourself why so many couples turn to Fertility Clinics in order to have children?
 
 
+4 # m... 2012-08-09 06:44
''Fertility rates in men have dropped by 50% since WWII because of insecticide and chemicals that that male body recognizes as estrogens...''

I find this hard to believe. Since the same such chemicals and pesticides are universally, globally applied, and even in less regulated manners in many parts of the world, and the population of the earth was 2.5 billion at the end of WWII and is now almost 7 billion, it seems the very high level of 'recognized-as- estrogen' effects on men you describe as causing wa 50% drop in male fertility is kind of hard to fathom.., even as I would agree that such cause and effects perhaps do exist...--- But--- to such a HUGE degree as 50%...? Really..?
Much of the reasons for declines in American and Global fertility have to do with what were rising living standards in large parts of the world following WWII.
Perhaps now that The Wealthy Class has managed to rig the entire system to run according to them and concentrate wealth, power unto them, and thus-- rising living standards also almost exclusively unto themselves, then perhaps fertility rates will begin to climb once again. And, if Corpo-Romneyron and the Corpo-Repubican are able to purchase the election and the reins of power, then maybe 'fertility rates' among the accelerating rate or growing numbers of poor and disenfranchised will be sure to speed up. If for any reason, just to take their minds off such a National Disaster... :)
 
 
+20 # pernsey 2012-08-09 07:32
Its easier to control people if they are sickly, dont think the dumbing down of people doesnt play into things. Keep people sick, slow, and stupid...the perfect recipe for the GOP to thrive.
 
 
+5 # zonaman 2012-08-09 07:57
Hey..... You actually think we Republicans give a rats ass about two generations from now??? You gotta be kidding !
 
 
+3 # MidwestTom 2012-08-09 08:58
Maybe this is part of a larger plan. Aids did not limit world population growth as planned, so maybe they are turning to GMO's to do the trick.
 
 
+1 # Quickmatch 2012-08-09 09:10
The Natural Society site carries topics of a radical nature designed to further a non-mainstream viewpoint. Perhaps it is a valuable resource for obtaining information as to the course of one element of anti-technology sentiment, but its articles are generally bereft of peer-reviewed references or alternate opinion.
 
 
+5 # tm7devils 2012-08-09 11:35
One can only wonder...does Monsanto's CEO's and lawyers allow their own families to chow-down on GM comestibles?
One could only hope that they do! If they become infertile, they will not be raising another generation of leaders who are morally bankrupt, not to mention greedy.
(I know...it's a stretch)
 
 
0 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-09 13:31
One would believe more in the evilness of GMO if there were actual science behind the findings reported by the Natural Society. Every one of the list that she presents of bad things supposedly attributable to GMO falls down when you know the background. Here in the US cottonseed is a major source of protein for cattle, especially with the high price of soy, and cows, sheep and goats haven't been dying here. The data on rats fed GMO was obtained by comparing female rats fed GMO with male rats fed normal corn. When you compared between the same sexes, you found no difference. The problems with obesity in the US began long before GMO was even being thought of much less implemented. Like so much of the antiGMO literature, they had to fudge the data in order to reach their desired conclusion.

The antiGMO campaign reminds me a lot of the Romney's campaign against Obama. If Obama were really as bad as Romney says, then Romney would be able to come up with legitimate complaints. He wouldn't have to lie with every breath. The same thing with the antiGMO campaign.
 
 
+1 # dkonstruction 2012-08-10 16:28
Quoting Texas Aggie:
One would believe more in the evilness of GMO if there were actual science behind the findings reported by the Natural Society. Every one of the list that she presents of bad things supposedly attributable to GMO falls down when you know the background. Here in the US cottonseed is a major source of protein for cattle, especially with the high price of soy, and cows, sheep and goats haven't been dying here. The data on rats fed GMO was obtained by comparing female rats fed GMO with male rats fed normal corn. When you compared between the same sexes, you found no difference. The problems with obesity in the US began long before GMO was even being thought of much less implemented. Like so much of the antiGMO literature, they had to fudge the data in order to reach their desired conclusion.

The antiGMO campaign reminds me a lot of the Romney's campaign against Obama. If Obama were really as bad as Romney says, then Romney would be able to come up with legitimate complaints. He wouldn't have to lie with every breath. The same thing with the antiGMO campaign.


no one is saying you don't have the right to eat your frankenfood but don't force the rest of us to eat this crap by not labeling it...if it's safe as you say people like you will eat it...and if it isn't before too long you won't be able to reproduce
 
 
+3 # michelle 2012-08-09 17:55
You know what I hate? I hate all these 'free marketeers' screaming about the forces of the market. Choice they say will give us the best products at the best prices. Really, then label the food and let the 'choices' fall to the public. Just label it now.
 
 
+4 # independentmind 2012-08-09 19:51
That is what should happen, but they don't allow that. Monsanto employs a huge army of lawyers to keep people from providing alternatives to their product, and in a perverse logic instead of being sued because they are contaminating other fields they are suing for patent infringement. And they get away with it!!!
 
 
+1 # dkonstruction 2012-08-10 16:30
if true we should encourage right-wing fundamentalist climate change evolution denying racist, imperialist wingnuts to make it their diet of choice so that after not too long they will no longer be able to reproduce.
 
 
+1 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-08-12 05:23
I noticed # kellynepal got a munus. Science is the give and take of ideas.

The new problem is that while in the past lavatories blew up and scientists and sometimes neighbors died when something went very wrong. The problem today is that the whole earth is the laboratory, And experiments like genetically engineering insecticide in corn is not done in air tight laboratories, thus corn syrup from corn grown in the Northern Hemisphere is now poisonous to bees.

It's not that genetic engendering is wrong but it is not safe when done in an environment we all share.
 

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