Monsanto Releases GM Corn Data
January 16th, 2013
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Catherine J. Frompovich
Recently, Monsanto released its data files for GM maize or corn and those files are behemoth: 491 Mb! The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is making that data available to the public on its website¬†HERE. Be forewarned that it takes about an hour to download the files, which I did not do. The data concerns maize (corn) NK603 and is part of EFSA‚Äôs commitment to transparency and openness.
EFSA Executive Director Catherine Geslain-Lan√©elle said:
Risk assessment is an evolving science and EFSA is always willing to review its past work should new robust science bring a new perspective to any of the Authority‚Äôs previous findings. With the launch of today‚Äôs initiative that aims to make data used in risk assessment publicly available, EFSA will help scientists from different areas of expertise develop research that can ultimately enrich academic literature and provide valuable new perspectives that can be included in risk assessments. This will make the conclusions of risk assessments even stronger when ensuring public health protection and further build confidence in EFSA‚Äôs work. 
Not having read the 491 Mb data, this author cannot make any comment regarding it. However, for those who wish to know more about what Monsanto is declaring and making public, you may be interested in obtaining that information.
The corn in the data released by Monsanto is the same variety Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, PhD, and his researchers at CRIIGEN used in their two-year study of rats fed Monsanto-produced NK603 GM corn. I found¬†this amusing cartoon¬†created about GM-fed rats, which shows photographs of the tumor-laden mice from the Seralini, et al. study.
Even though EFSA rejected the Seralini two-year rat study as inadequate and not scientifically sound‚ÄĒWhy? when Monsanto‚Äôs study on that corn supposedly lasted only three months and that‚Äôs the data Monsanto submitted to have it U.S. FDA approved‚ÄĒand Professor Seralini‚Äôs team found the following:
a. 50% of male and 70% of female rats died prematurely.
b. Both sexes of treated rats developed two to three times more large cancers.
c. By the 24th month, 50 to 80% of females in treated groups developed cancers, with up to three tumors per animal.
d. The first large detectable cancers appeared after the 4th month in males and after the 7th month in females.
e. The majority of cancers were detectable after 18 months.
f. GMO developer Monsanto tested only to the end of three months and those results were given to U.S. EPA, FDA, and USDA to approve the crop.
A suggestion I would like to offer EFSA is to duplicate the Seralini study exactly for two years, not only three months, and report those results. Isn‚Äôt that what science is all about?
By the way, in the United States consumers have been eating unlabeled GMO foodstuffs since 1994. Isn‚Äôt it about time there was transparency in food labeling?
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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies.
Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine‚Äôs latest book,¬†A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine‚Äôs more recent books on Amazon.com are¬†Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA,¬†A Probe Into What‚Äôs Probably Making Us Sick¬†(2009) and¬†Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process¬†(2008).
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