A group of scientists with support from institutions in Russia, United and Europe has embarked on a $ 25 million study of 6,000 rats. The purpose of the study is to provide an independent examination of the health impacts of GMO corn and the herbicide used on it.
Previous safety studies for the most part originate from the company producing the GMO corn and corresponding herbicide and there have been no credible long term safety studies analyzing the long term impact on consumers.
“The science on these GMOs is not settled by a long shot,” said Bruce Blumberg, an endocrinology expert at the University of California, Irvine, who sits on the study review board. “Studies that were done by the manufacturers are the main ones showing safety, and those have an inherent conflict of interest.”
“The claim that there is a consensus among scientists that GM food products are safe … is simply a PR campaign sponsored by the industry,” said Dave Schubert, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California.
The factor GMO study can be accessed here: http://factorgmo.com/en/
The biotech industry has released statements minimizing the credibility of the study. Karen Batra, a spokeswoman for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, claimed that “merely a handful of studies” point to health or safety issues, and all have been debunked.