Friday, November 30, 2012

Kaiser Permanente Highlights Risks of Genetically Modified Foods

Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the United States, is advising members to reduce their exposure to foods that contain ingredients known as genetically modified foods (GMOs).  The article states plainly:

Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health. Independent research has found several varieties of GMO corn caused organ damage in rats. Other studies have found that GMOs may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.

Little long-term research exists because Monsanto holds the patent on GMO seeds and refuses to give any of their seeds to independent researchers!  The independent studies that do exist originate outside the United States, but are still quickly subjected to patent-violation lawsuits. Therefore, only research conducted by Monsanto researchers is available, and their research always involves short term (90 days or less) studies.  They never publish their long-term health study results.

The FDA, of course, does not conduct its own research before approving these products.  It simply reviews whatever research data the corporation applying for approval chooses to submit.  

Apparently, healthcare providers are getting weary of paying for what Monsanto and friends have wrought on the health of the America public. And, of course, some professional integrity and a sense of "conscience" haven't completely left the corporate world.  Please read more here and here, too!

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