No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

Feature Story - 2008-11-12
New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

GE corn: birth control the Monsanto way!

Regulators around the world said Monsanto's GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.

It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.

China approved the GE corn for animal feed back in 2005.

Until this research, under the Austrian Ministries for Agriculture and Health, none of the regulators had seriously questioned the safety of Monsanto's GE corn.

The biotech industry is playing a game of genetic roulette with our food and with our health.

China and GE food

The Chinese government has strongly backed GE food research with a plan to pump RMB20 billion into the sector by 2020.

GE rice and GE corn are just waiting for approval from the Ministry of Agriculture.

In the light of this latest research, Greenpeace China is urging the government to put the brakes on GE food.

"This latest research from Austria has shown that GE crops do pose a real and serious risk to people's health," says Fang Lifeng, Greenpeace China's Food and Agriculture campaigner.

"We urge the government to be very cautious in approving any new GE crop, especially GE rice which is China's most important food."

The GE corn research

Austrian scientists fed mice over a course of 20 weeks a mixture of 33 percent Monsanto GE corn (NK 603 x MON 810) and non-GE corn.

These mice gave birth to less babies and lighter babies in their third and fourth litters. Mice fed on non-GE corn had babies as normal.

These differences are statistically significant.

Monsanto's GE corn hurts mouse reproduction. So what is it doing to human reproduction?

Considering the severity of the potential threat, Greenpeace is demanding a recall of genetically-engineered food and crops from the global market.

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