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GM soy linked to cancer, birth defects

ausfoodnews.com.au | 10/19/10

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Monsanto's herbicide Roundup used on genetically manipulated (GM) Roundup Ready crops is linked to human cell death, birth defects, cancer and miscarriages, says a report released at the European Parliament by an international group of scientists.

The report comes at a crucial time for Australia, where a popular infant soy formula has tested positive to unlabelled GM soy and corn, and Roundup Ready canola and cotton are grown.

The report, "GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?", highlights new research by Argentine government scientist Professor Andrés Carrasco and an international coalition of scientists. They found serious health impacts from Roundup's active ingredient, glyphosate, other chemicals in the formulated herbicide and its breakdown products. The report also provides a global overview of scientific papers and other documents on the impacts of GM soy production. The new research is published in the American Chemical Society journal 'Chemical Research in Toxicology'.

GM Roundup Ready (RR) soy is now more than 90% of soy grown in North American and Argentina, and is also widely spread in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia. Monsanto's own data shows Roundup herbicide sales have skyrocketed since GM RR crops were first planted in the USA in 1996[i]. The amount of toxic herbicide now used on soy has public health implications.

At the European Parliament in Brussels where the report was presented[ii], Prof Carrasco said childhood cancer had increased by 300% and babies with birth defects by 400% during the past decade in parts of Argentina. GM RR soy is grown there to supply European and Australian farmers with cheap GM animal feed: "I suspect the toxicity classification of glyphosate is too low... in some cases this can be a powerful poison," he said.

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That really sucks! I have talked to so many people, professional and non, and every answer is different and leaving me to wonder. Which is why now I only eat soy products like smart dogs and veggie burgers moderately because I really don't want to risk getting breast cancer or any cancer at that. Whenever I really feel the need for protein I get it from those kinds of vegan certified products, but ever since the mystery of is it safe or is it dangerous came up, I only eat it when I'm really craving for it. Otherwise I'm terrified not knowing. So I try eating nuts, spoonfuls of peanut butter, whole wheat breads and pastas and certain vegetables. However they're not as filling, and the breads, pastas and nuts aren't exactly the healthiest to eat consistently so I'm trying to figure out how to have a healthy balanced vegan diet without excluding too much protein.

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