quarta-feira, 12 de novembro de 2008

Controle de natalidade? Para quê? Já temos o milho transgênico!

Estudo austríaco mostra que milho transgênico afeta a saúde reprodutiva em ratos. O estudo foi publicado ontem, dia 11 de novembro.
O estudo, que foi um dos mais longos conduzidos com alimentação geneticamente modificada, mostrou que a fertilidade dos ratos alimentados com milho GM foi altamente prejudicada, com menor descendência (até a 3ª e 4ª geração) quando comparado com os ratos alimentos com milho convencional.
Apesar dos vários trabalhos nesta área, os transgênicos continuam ganhando mais e mais espaço, invadindo nossos lares. Quem ganha com isso?
Abaixo, texto extraído do Greenpeace.

milho transgenico"Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials with laboratory mice over a course of 20 weeks. One test - the so-called "reproductive assessment by continuous breeding" showed that mouse parents fed on a diet containing 33 percent of a Monsanto owned GE maize variety (NK 603 x MON 810) experienced a decrease in litter size and weight by the time they gave birth to their third and fourth litters. Mice fed on a closely-related non-GE maize had normal reproduction cycles.

Of mice and men…

The study is further evidence that the food and feed safety of GE crops cannot be guaranteed. The biotech industry is playing a game of genetic roulette with our food and with health.
The reproductive ramifications of this GE maize were totally unexpected - regulators around the world have previously considered this variety to be as safe as non-GE varieties: a potentially devastating error.
That alone should be a good enough reason to close down the whole biotech industry.

Protect consumers, not Monsanto's interests

The Austrian study should be carefully considered by food safety agencies around the world. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), for example, gave this same variety the "green light" in 2005, relying solely on Monsanto's data. The EFSA reported that it "considers it unlikely that NK603 x MON810 maize will have any adverse effect on human and animal health.
In effect, EFSA gave the thumbs-up to a GE variety that this latest study highlights potential danger to human health and reproduction. Clearly EFSA's GMO panel is in urgent need of reform.

Recall GE worldwide

Summarising his findings, Prof. Dr. Jurgen Zentek, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Vienna - the lead author of the study - said the differences between the mice was statistically significant, and that this effect could be attributed to the differences in food sources.
The GE maize variety in question has been approved for planting and food use in several countries, including the US, Argentina, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. In Mexico and the EU, it has been approved for food and feed use. Considering the severity of the potential threat, Greenpeace is demanding a recall of genetically-engineered food and crops from the market, worldwide."

Fonte: Greenpeace International

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