Dr. Judy Carman is the lead author of a new study on pigs fed a mixed GM diet that served as a long term toxicology study on pigs. The mixed diet concept was based on the fact that people generally eat mixed diets and regulators fail to look at the impact of the long term effect of GM exposure.
The study group consisted of 168 pigs. Half of the pigs served as a control group. The first group of pigs were fed widely used varieties of GM soy and GM corn for this whole period and the other half was fed an equivalent non-GE diet.
The GM diet contained three different proteins expressed by GM genes. One protein made the plant resistant to a herbicide and two proteins were insecticides. The research determined that the level of severe inflammation in stomachs was markedly higher in pigs fed the GM diet. Pigs on the GM diet were 2.6 times more likely to get severe stomach inflammation than control pigs. Males were more strongly affected. While female pigs were 2.2 times more likely to get severe stomach inflammation when on the GM diet, males were 4 times more likely. These findings are both biologically significant and statistically significant.
The study authors also determined that there were significant long term health side effects from ingesting the GM diet that impacted on the size and health of the uterus affecting reproduction.because such a biologically significant difference in uterine weights may reflect endometrial hyperplasia or carcinoma, endometritis, endometriosis, adenomyosis,inflammation, a thickening of the myometrium, or the presence of polyps. The uteri from two GM-fed pigs were full of fluid compared to nil from non-GM-fed pigs which may be linked to pathology.