Human Food And Animal Feeding

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“Pigs fed a combination of genetically modified soy and corn suffer more frequent severe stomach inflammation and enlargement of the uterus than those who eat a non-GM diet, according to a new peer-reviewed long-term feeding study published Tuesday in the Organic Systems Journal. In pigs eating genetically modified crops, the average rate of severe stomach inflammation was nearly three times as high as that for other pigs (32 percent vs. 12 percent). Among male pigs eating a GM diet, the rate of severe stomach inflammation was four times higher.” - Monica Eng, Tribune reporter, June 11, 2013 “The results indicate that it would be prudent for GM crops that are destined for human food and animal feed… to undergo long-term animal feeding studies, preferably before commercial planting, particularly for toxicological and reproductive effects,” concluded Carman and her colleagues, who include Iowa-based farmer as well as crop and livestock advisor Howard Vlieger. Herbicide resistance and pesticide production now go hand in hand in American farming. As much as 86% of corn, 90% of all soybeans, and 93% of cotton are GMO varieties. Genetic modification is now used in more than half of all planted crops in the U.S. You’re consuming genetically modified foods almost daily, unless you produce and grow all your food. Genetically modified crops—“none of them are labeled”—now include sweet corn, peppers, squash, zucchini, rice, sugar cane, “canola oil,” flax, chicory, peas, and papaya.

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