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FDA, USDA, EPA: REFORM THE REGULATORY PROCESS FOR GMOs

UNITED STATES FDA, USDA, AND EPA

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A groundbreaking new study [1] shows that pigs were harmed by the consumption of feed containing genetically modified (GM) crops. The research results were striking and statistically significant. GM-fed females had, on average, a 25% heavier uterus than non-GM-fed females, a possible indicator of disease that requires further investigation. The level of severe inflammation in stomachs was markedly higher in pigs fed on the GM diet. While male pigs were 4 times more likely to develop severe stomach inflammation, female pigs were 2.2 times more likely to develop severe stomach inflammation from the GM diet.

According to lead researcher Dr Judy Carman, adjunct associate professor at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia [2], the findings are noteworthy for several reasons:

First, the results were found in real on-farm conditions, not in a laboratory, but with the added benefit of strict scientific controls that are not normally present on farms.

Second, Pigs were used in this study. Pigs with these health problems end up in our food supply. We eat them.

Third, pigs have a similar digestive system to people, so we need to investigate if people are also getting digestive problems from eating GM crops.

Fourth, the study found these adverse effects when the animals were fed a mixture of crops containing three GM genes and the GM proteins that these genes produce. No food regulator anywhere in the world requires a safety assessment for the possible toxic effects of mixtures. Regulators simply assume that they can't happen.

The results provide clear evidence that regulators need to safety assess GM crops containing a mixture of GM genes, regardless of whether those genes occur in the one GM plant or in a mixture of GM plants eaten in the same meal, even if regulators have already assessed GM plants containing single GM genes in the mixture.

The new study lends scientific credibility to anecdotal evidence from farmers and veterinarians, who have for some years reported reproductive and digestive problems in pigs fed on a diet containing GM soy and corn.[3]

Iowa-based farmer and livestock advisor Howard Vlieger, one of the coordinators of the study, said: “For as long as GM crops have been in the feed supply, we have seen increasing digestive and reproductive problems in animals. Now it is scientifically documented.”

References:

[1] Study: A long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM maize diet

[2] About Dr. Judy Carman

[3] Report: GM Soy Linked to Illnesses in Farm Pigs

To: UNITED STATES FDA, USDA, AND EPA
From: [Your Name]

The American public is OUTRAGED by the lack of regulation and safety testing on genetically modified organisms. We are calling for the following:

01) A moratorium on the approval of all GM crops currently under review until further studies are conducted.
02) Additional independent, long term, peer reviewed studies to be conducted on all GM crops approved to date.
03) Mandatory labeling of all genetically modified consumables currently on the market, including foods, vitamins, supplements, pharmaceuticals, tobacco and pet foods.
04) Legal accountability by corporations and other entities that hold GM crop patents for human, animal and environmental harm resulting from consumption of, or exposure to, their patented GM crops.

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