So many millions consume soy products, from oils to flours to tofu and soy milk, that health concerns have arisen; additionally, over 60% of the soy products and food additives come from genetically modified (GM) soy crops.
Irina Ermakova, Ph.D, during a symposium on genetic modification organized by the Russian National Association for Genetic Security (NAGS), announced new research she conducted that determined clear relationships between eating GM soy and the posterity of living creatures.
This Russian study found GM soy negatively affects the offspring of rats. Ermakova added GM soy flour to the food of female rats two weeks before conception, and during conception and nursing. A control group was not given the GM soy in their food. The mother rats who were fed standard soy had 9% of their newborn babies die in three weeks. Mother rats who were fed GM soy had 55.6% of their babies die in the same three-week period. Thus there was an abnormally high level of newborn deaths from the females who ate GM soy. Additionally, 36% percent of the baby rats who did not die weighed less than 20 grams—clear evidence of an extremely weak condition.
Ermakova said, “The morphology and biochemical structures of rats are very similar to those of humans, and this makes the results we obtained very disturbing.” According to NAGS vice president Aleksey Kulikov, the data observed by Ermakova confirm the necessity of full scale tests of GM products. More at :http://www.regnum.ru/english/526651.html.
Jeffrey Smith, in his newsletter Spilling the Beans, Oct. 2005, comments: “The soy she was testing was Monsanto’s Roundup Ready variety. Its DNA has bacterial genes added that allow the soy plant to survive applications of Monsanto’s Roundup brand herbicide. About 85% of the soy gown in the US is Roundup Ready. Since soy derivatives, including oil, flour, and lecithin, are found in the majority of processed foods sold in the US, many Americans eat ingredients derived from Roundup Ready soy everyday.”
For more information about GM foods, see: http://www.responsibletechnology.org.
This health note is from January/February 2006, Vol. 15, No. 1, out of print, but the digital version is available.