Originally published March 3 2015
GM soybeans transfer mutated DNA to milk and decrease birth weight of newborn goats
by Jennifer Lilley
(NaturalNews) It's a given that the health risks of consuming genetically modified soybeans are steeped in controversy. Many people are adamant that ingesting them leads to serious health consequences, while those in favor of such foods and the herbicides they're sprayed with (mainly, the la-la-land folks at Monsanto) believe they're safe.
However, as NaturalNews readers know, Monsanto and those who follow in their attempts to pull the wool over people's eyes are only fooling themselves.
For example, the dangers of GM soybeans have once again been brought to light, this time in a study titled, "Genetically modified soybean in a goat diet: Influence on kid performance." Published in Small Ruminant Research, the official journal of the International Goat Association, the study details how the DNA of otherwise healthy goats was altered and passed on to their kids when they were fed genetically modified soybeans. As a result, the kids were found to have a lower birth weight.
Consequences of GM foods are far-reachingAn abstract from the study states that "Both colostrum and kids serum IgG concentration were significantly...lower in the treated groups." The treated groups, of course, were ones fed genetically modified soybean meal. The other goats were fed conventional soybean meal.
Still don't see a problem with GM soybeans, Monsanto? We beg to differ. The harmful effects of GM foods on humans and animals are irrefutable; study after study proves the dire consequences.
While some may question the fact that the aforementioned study involves goats and argue that it therefore shouldn't be much of a concern to humans, it's time to think differently. Such people should remove their blinders and realize that every living thing on this planet deserves to live a healthy, happy life; the dangers of GM foods don't just apply to humans. The fact that goats' DNA and their offspring have been shown to be altered by genetically modified soybeans further demonstrates their harm.
The question in this particular study also leads to other questions: Doesn't it make sense, then, that all products from GM-soy-fed animals could carry potential health risks? Couldn't these risks be passed on to humans? Is goat milk safe for consumption? Are any goat products? What about the possible dangers of breast milk?
The list goes on, but the point remains that the world should steer clear of GM-anything.
GM soybeans a serious problem on a global levelIn fact, the Center for Food Safety notes that 91 percent of soybeans are genetically-engineered in the United States, warning of organisms "not produced by nature." The Center explains that today's world of "super" genes and animals "...can pose serious risks to farmers, human health, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment." Still, the government has yet to get on board with this reality; there still remains serious inconsistencies and loopholes in legislation pertaining to this issue. "The haphazard and negligent agency regulation of biotechnology has been a disaster for consumers and the environment," according to the Center for Food Safety.
In Argentina, the amount of GM soybeans that are produced is even higher than that of the U.S. There, an alarming 98 percent of soybeans are genetically modified. Many mothers are concerned that their children may be born with malformations, especially those who have learned that their blood shows levels that indicate contamination from agrochemical residue.
"This complicates one's life," says Silvina Bettini, who lives a mere six blocks from a Central Argentina soybean field. "As a mother, I don't want to inflict this pain on a child."
It's evident that the problems created by GM foods and the manner in which they are treated are global, and they are mounting. Unfortunately, the issue often falls on deaf ears, with financial gain seemingly more valued than the health of the planet and those living on it.
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