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Genetically Modified Soy causes Infertility

Original post made by resident, Adobe-Meadow, on May 22, 2010

Russian biologist Alexey V. Surovand and his colleagues set out to
discover if Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of
US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. The
study, jointly conducted by Surov’s Institute of Ecology and Evolution
of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Association for
Gene Security, is expected to be published in July.

After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations,most
Genetically Modified (GM) soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have
babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate
among the pups.

They used 5 pairs of Campbell hamsters per group, each of which
produced 7-8 litters, totally 140 animals.

Surov selected new pairs from each group, which generated another 39
litters. There were 52 pups born to the control group and 78 to the
non-GM soy group. In the GM soy group, however, only 40 pups were
born. And of these, 25% died. This was a fivefold higher death rate
than the 5% seen among the controls. Of the hamsters that ate high GM
soy content, only a single female hamster gave birth. She had 16 pups;
about 20% died.

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We must ban genetically modified foods in the USA. I won't be eating anymore soy at restaurants anymore!

Comments (3)

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

So, besides acorns, what?

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Hmmm...... Interesting point. Could this be the reason Soy Beans are now one of the liberal "fad" foods?..... Yes, all that good nutrition and sterilization to boot! (not that the fad promoters would ever be eating the stuff themselves)

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Posted by Sue Jonez
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on May 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Hold your horses a sec... unpublished research from Russia? And you believe it?

I recall Russian research that showed how you have to plant whole potatos... lead to a pretty big famine in Stalin's day.

Note these guys haven't even published their paper yet. Smells fishy. Sounds like they just don't like Monsanto to me. Which is also understandable, but that is no evidence against GM crops.

Now today Putin is a lot better than Stalin. Which isn't saying much.

Who knows if this one study was done right. It sounds easy to replicate. Until it is replicated in a non-Stalinist country, I will not modify my behavior. But I await with interest someone replicating the fairly easy and inexpensive experiment.

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