Russia Says Genetically Modified Foods Are Harmful

GMOFrom The Voice of Russia:

Russia has started the annual Days of Defence against Environmental Hazards from the 15th of April to the 5th of June with the announcement of sensational results of an independent work of research. Scientists have proved that Genetically Modified Organisms are harmful for mammals. The researchers discovered that animals that eat GM foodstuffs lose their ability to reproduce. Campbell hamsters that have a fast reproduction rate were fed for two years with ordinary soya beans, which are widely used in agriculture and those contain different percentages of GM organisms. Another group of hamsters, the control group, was fed with pure soya, which was found with great difficulty in Serbia because 95 percent of soya in the world is transgenic.

Concerning the experiment carried out jointly by the National Association for Gene Security and the Institute of Ecological and Evolutional Problems, Dr. Alexei Surov has this to say. “We selected several groups of hamsters, kept them in pairs in cells and gave them ordinary food as always,” says Alexei Surov. “We did not add anything for one group but the other was fed with soya that contained no GM components, while the third group with some content of Genetically Modified Organisms and the fourth one with increased amount of GMO. We monitored their behavior and how they gain weight and when they give birth to their cubs. Originally, everything went smoothly. However, 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. When we got some of their cubs we formed the new pairs of the third generation. We failed to get cubs from these pairs, which were fed with GM foodstuffs. It was proved that these pairs lost their ability to give birth to their cubs,” Dr. Alexei Surov said.

Another surprise was discovered by scientists in hamsters of the third generation. Hair grew in the mouth of the animals that took part in the experiment. It’s unclear why this happened. The researchers cannot understand why a programme of destruction is launched when animals take GMO foodstuffs. They say that this can be neutralized only by stopping to eat these foods. Consequently, scientists suggest imposing a ban on the use of GM foods until they are tested for their bio-security. The results of Russian scientists coincide with those of their colleagues from France and Austria. For one, when scientist proved that GM maize was harmful for mammals, France banned immediately its production and sale. The scientists who carried out the experiment say that it’s too early to make far-reaching conclusions about the health hazards of the GMO. They insist that there is a need to carry out comprehensive research. They suggest implementing the project, “Safety Gene Technology” at the innovation centre, “Skolkovo” which is being set up near Moscow…

[continues at The Voice of Russia]

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  • Hadrian999

    i may be a cynic but does this seem like russia is trying to manufacture hysteria against foreign agricultural
    goods and a subtext to place heavy restrictions on them to anyone else?

    • whatmeworry

      And France? And Austria?

      • Hadrian999

        damaging a powerful US corporation would be very helpful for European interests,
        I'm not claiming Monsanto is the goodguy but there is too much to gain by knocking them down to take anything anyone says at face value in this

    • oman28

      Yes you may be a cynic since your comment could be taken that way. I'm not one to dismiss the cynical viewpoint. But in this case the scientists themselves said
      “that it’s too early to make far-reaching conclusions about the health hazards of the GMO. They insist that there is a need to carry out comprehensive research.”
      I would like to see this research taken further and not tampered with by any agendas that you may be hinting at above.I think we need to take a long view on GMO's and feel that the likes of Monsanto are trying to implement it too rapidly.
      Are you cynical about the science itself or just the govt/media treatment?

      • Hadrian999

        im not cynical about science itself but like anything else it can be used and abused, data can be hidden or spun a certain way , scientist can be pressured to give a result that is more likely to secure funding, I just think you have to be very careful what you believe in today's climate of corporate and government sponsored research.

  • Johnfryer

    Hadrian please be a cynic but please explain Mad Cow Disease, AIDS/SIDA, Dangerous strains of E Coli, Bleeding Cow Syndrome and a hundred other medical and health catstrophes where GMO is in the equation or could be linked.
    And then explain why a world famous scientist 35 years into his work gets sacked 2 days after a TV broadcast of evidence of organ damage from GMO products when congratulated the day before by the boss who sacked him a day later.
    Now that is the work of Multi National companies, Legal manipulation and political dictatorship at the highest level.
    Also the shooting to death of protesters on health issues in France as well as long terms in prison and tens of thousands of dollar fines while the same people now get 20 per cent of the political vote and RISING..

  • Johnfryer

    Hadrian please be a cynic but please explain Mad Cow Disease, AIDS/SIDA, Dangerous strains of E Coli, Bleeding Cow Syndrome and a hundred other medical and health catstrophes where GMO is in the equation or could be linked.
    And then explain why a world famous scientist 35 years into his work gets sacked 2 days after a TV broadcast of evidence of organ damage from GMO products when congratulated the day before by the boss who sacked him a day later.
    Now that is the work of Multi National companies, Legal manipulation and political dictatorship at the highest level.
    Also the shooting to death of protesters on health issues in France as well as long terms in prison and tens of thousands of dollar fines while the same people now get 20 per cent of the political vote and RISING..

  • Truthseeker

    The truth is always going to be buried beneath political, economic and scientific researchers self preservative agendas. Not myself nor any one of you readers can say what is really going on behind the smoke screen. When you get into the billions in funding to back this and other fields of “high-stake” research you have to think about the facts being twisted to prove the researchers successful and correct in their hypotheses. Misinformation becomes a mainstay and facts are known to the select few who stand to lose too much for truth to surface.

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