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Who Are the World's Guinea Pigs? (4)

28 June 2011

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A Disaster Is Waiting to Happen?

Here is a news published on Indian online media intoday on 11 May 2011:

Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin, used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time.

Till now, scientists and multinational corporations promoting GM crops have maintained that Bt toxin poses no danger to human health as the protein breaks down in the human gut. But the presence of this toxin in human blood shows that this does not happen.

Scientists from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, have detected the insecticidal protein, Cry1Ab, circulating in the blood of pregnant as well as non-pregnant women.

They have also detected the toxin in fetal blood, implying it could pass on to the next generation. The research paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The study covered 30 pregnant women and 39 women who had come for tubectomy at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) in Quebec.

None of them had worked or lived with a spouse working in contact with pesticides.

They were all consuming typical Canadian diet that included GM foods such as soybeans, corn and potatoes. Blood samples were taken before delivery for pregnant women and at tubal ligation for non-pregnant women. Umbilical cord blood sampling was done after birth.

Cry1Ab toxin was detected in 93 per cent and 80 per cent of maternal and fetal blood samples, respectively and in 69 per cent of tested blood samples from non-pregnant women. Earlier studies had found trace amounts of the Cry1Ab toxin in gastrointestinal contents of livestock fed on GM corn. This gave rise to fears that the toxins may not be effectively eliminated in humans.

Experts have warned of serious implications for India. Cottonseed oil is made from seeds of genetically modified cotton and thus Bt toxin may have already entered the food chain in India.

"Indian regulators should be immediately called for detailed toxicological studies to know the extent of contamination of the human blood with Bt toxins coming from cottonseed oil, and also ascertain its long term health impacts," said Devinder Sharma, an anti-GM activist.






百分之93的母体和百分之80的胎儿的血液中发现有CryiAb毒素,未怀孕妇女中百分之69的人的血液中被发现有这种毒素。更早的一项研究还在被喂食转基因饲料的家畜的肠胃道中发现了Cry1Ab. 这不得不让人担心,我们现在还有杜绝转基因毒素进入人体系统的希望吗。



The situation in China is rather similar to India, only it is not GM cotton oil rich with Bt toxin but GM soybean oil equally rich with Bt toxin.

There are other differences though:

In India it is Indian farmers who plant GM cotton and Indian manufacturers who produce GM oil that could poison their own people and own kids, while in China it is American farmers who plant GM soybeans and Singapore manufacturers who produce GM oil that could poison Chinese people and China's future generation.

Further, Indian government is urged by Indian experts in the field to take an urgent action over the matter in order to protect Indian people, while in China, many Chinese experts in the field are still claiming GM foods are completely safe to consume, and Chinese authority in Shenzhen is even working with foreign multinationals to persecute Chinese people voicing the concerns over the matter, just like what Japanese occupation army and their Chinese collaborators once did to Chinese resistance heroes.

Recent promotion of Wilmar's Arawana GM soybean oil by their collaborators at Chinese Central Television Station

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