17 Sep (GAIA HEALTH) – The toxins designed into genetically modified crops are finding their way into the bloodstreams of all pregnant women and their fetuses. This shocking result belies the genetic modification industry’s claims that such toxins are destroyed by the digestive tracts of people who eat the animals fed these GMO crops. Obviously, that claim was based on nothing.
THE STUDY AND RESULTS
The study, “Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modiﬁed foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec”, was published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The authors, Aziz Aris and Samuel Leblanc, examined the blood of 30 pregnant women and 39 nonpregnant women. All births associated with the study were considered normal; babies were at normal birth weights and considered healthy.
The authors looked for:
- Glyphosate, brand name Roundup
- Gluphosinate, a broad-spectrum herbicide
- AMPA, aminomethyl phosphoric acid, a metabolite of glyphosate
- 3-MMPA, 3-methylphosphinico propionic acid, a metabolite of gluphosinate
- Cry1Ab, the Bt toxin of gluphosinate
Interestingly, both glyphosate and gluphosinate were found in large percentages of nonpregnant women, but neither was found in pregnant women or their fetuses. Obviously, a metabolic change occurs when a woman becomes pregnant. One might have hoped that would be adequate to prevent the toxic effects of GMO feed crops. Unfortunately, it appears that the opposite occurs with Bt corn metabolites, though no toxins from gluphosate were found.
The Bt GMO toxins, 3-MPPA and Cry1Ab, show up in mothers and fetuses, as this table shows:
TOXICITY OF 3-MPPA AND CRY1Ab
The first thing that needs to be noted is that 3-MPPA and Cry1Ab are used in pesticides for their toxic effects. There can be little doubt that ingestion of them carries some risk.
Unsurprisingly, there is little serious research on these chemicals, since the manufacturers control access for studies. Nonetheless, there is enough information available to know that assumptions of safety in genetically engineered foods is irresponsible. The risks are serious.
3-MPPA is a propionic acid. Notice that the PAN Pesticides Database shows several issues with propionic acid, including:
- Inhalation: burning sensation, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat.
- Skin: burns, pain, blisters.
- Eyes: redness, pain, blurred vision, severe deep burns.
- Ingestion: abdominal cramps, burning sensation, nausea, shock, collapse, sore throat, vomiting.
Propionic acids are classed as Bad Actor Chemicals, and 3-MPPA is one of them. One surely must ask how the FDA and USDA came to accept the notion that any GMO with 3-MPPA should be classed as “generally accepted as safe”.
And now we have proof that the highly toxic 3-MPPA is showing up in nearly all pregnant women and fetuses!
Though the PAN Pesticides Database lists no toxicity for Cry1Ab, any assumption of safety is misplaced. If we look further, we find that story is false. Greenpeace has been studying Cry1Ab, and what they’ve found is far from calming. They have found that:
- Cry1Ab is a potent immunogen, meaning that it creates an immune response. It contains a gene for resistance to the antibiotic streptomycin. Therefore, it is likely to increase the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
- The immunogenic response can be initiated by either injection or gastrointestinally, that is, by eating it.
- The immunogenic response affects the mucus membranes and can be systemic.
- Cry1Ab binds to to proteins in the mouse gastrointestinal tract.
And now we have proof that the highly toxic Cry1Ab is showing up in all pregnant women and fetuses!
STUDY AUTHOR’S CLAIMS VERSUS REALITY
The authors conclude only:
Since the basis of better health is prevention, one would hope that we can develop procedures to avoid environmentally induced disease in susceptible population such as pregnant woman and their fetuses.
After showing evidence that virtually all pregnant women and fetuses are accumulating toxins in their blood because of genetically modified crops, the authors suggest only developing procedures to avoid exposure in pregnant women and their fetuses? Surely they can do better than that!
They have demonstrated that there is no truth behind any claim that any genetically modified food can be considered GRAS—generally recognized as safe. Yet, that’s the excuse the USDA is using to virtually rubber stamp every application for a GMO. The only thing that even slows them down is a strong public outcry, as with GM salmon.
We now have proof that virtually every pregnant woman and every fetus is—or soon will be—intoxicated with dangerous chemicals because of genetically engineered foods. Experiments have demonstrated that the effects of GMOs can be catastrophic.
As documented in Antidepressants Increase Death Rate: Non-Pharma Funded Research, even when researchers’ results clearly slow serious risks in profitable Big Pharma or Agribusiness products, they pull their punches in the conclusions. This study is no different.
Genetically modified organisms are enormously profitable. There is no other reason that the term GRAS can exist in reference to them. They have never been shown to be safe—and now it’s obvious that an entire generation is at risk because of them. The results of the mass experiment are in. It’s time to call a halt—and hope that the damage can be reversed so it doesn’t pass down the generations.
See the new film, Genetic Roulette, for a broad perspective of the disaster that genetically engineered food has already become. Please, support the California initiative to require labeling of GMOs, and start pushing for such labels—if not outright banning of GMOs!
- Abstract of Aris A, Leblanc S. Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modiﬁed foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. ReprodToxicol (2011), doi:10.1016/j.reprotox.2011.02.004
- PAN Pesticides Database: Propionic acid
- PAN Pesticides Database: Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab protein and the genetic material (PV-ZMBK07) necessary for its production in corn event MON-00810
- Genetically engineered (GE) Bt eggplant (talong): Health risks, environmental impacts and contamination from field trials (PDF)
- Modelling in the light of uncertainty of key parameters: a call to exercise caution in field predictions of Bt-maize effects
- Maternal and Fetal Exposure to Pesticides Associated with GM Foods
- GM food toxins found in the blood of 93% of unborn babies
- Bt toxin found in blood of pregnant women and fetuses