Monday, 24 September 2012

GMO Researchers Attacked, Evidence Denied, and a Population at Risk

Biologist Arpad Pusztai had more than 300 articles and 12 books to his credit and was the world’s top expert in his field. But when he accidentally discovered that genetically modified (GM) foods are dangerous, he became the biotech industry’s bad-boy poster child, setting an example for other scientists thinking about blowing the whistle.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Pusztai was awarded a $3 million grant by the UK government to design the system for safety-testing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). His team included more than 20 scientists working at three facilities, including the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, the top nutritional research lab in the UK, and his employer for the previous 35 years. The results of Pusztai’s work were supposed to become the required testing protocols for all of Europe. But when he fed supposedly harmless GM potatoes to rats, things didn’t go as planned.

Within just 10 days, the animals developed potentially pre-cancerous cell growth, smaller brains, livers and testicles, partially atrophied livers, and damaged immune systems. Moreover, the cause was almost certainly side effects from the process of genetic engineering itself. In other words, the GM foods on the market, which are created from the same process, might have similar affects on humans.

At the link there is a list of other highly regarded researchers that have been attacked because their studies showed a danger from GMOs.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 24th, 2012.]


steven andresen said...


I wonder about this story. The story says that the independent researcher had almost immediate results from feeding his rats the GMO product. There were similar results from other independent people. The suspicion would be that if there was such a profound effect on the test animals, there would be a similar effect on humans who would be eating these products.

Yet, we have no stories of some mass effect on populations. There are no stories of contagions or plagues which go unexplained.

These independent guys were not saying there were subtle side effects or anything which would be hard to pick up. They were seiing big changes in the animal's health.

So, why is this? Wouldn't there be undeniable heal;th changes in people who ate this stuff? As there are no such stories, can we assume, then, that the independent researchers are making stuff up?


SpookyOne said...


I am assuming that the health problems in humans, that eat a range of foods other than GMOs, will be more difficult to detect.

Many people, unless dissected, may indeed suffer forms of liver or kidney damage.

I think that some of the testing is relevant -especially if it is independent of the GMO manufacturers.

One thing I don't trust is the word of the GMO people. There seems to be enough evidence to indicate that their products have been hyped and are not what was promised. Long term studies are needed to ensure the stuff being fed to animals and humans is really not harmful.

At the moment there is an increase in all sorts of conditions, like diabetes and cancers and other ailments. What is causing this ? Is it all down to toxins in plastics, food additives, detergents, heavy metals, pesticides and/or GMOs ?

I think it is wise to be suspicious of all these and find out what is going on. I am concerned about the issue - hence this pasted article.