Sunday, July 28, 2013

Is GMO Corn Linked To The Allergy And Autoimmune Epidemics?

Virginia passed on this article: The Bad Seed

The author, Caitlin Shetterly, had a host of symptoms that she now believes were caused by eating genetically modified corn. Restricting GMO corn from her diet led to resolution of her symptoms. She set off to research the relationship between GMO corn and the current allergy and autoimmune epidemics in this country, an effort that invariably ends in frustration, because ...
"The most fundamental complaint from those worried about the health risks of GMO foods is that hardly any of the research is independent; the biotech firms either conduct or pay for the studies forwarded to the government, and they also pick and choose which ones to submit.

“The scandal is that the USDA does not force the companies to give results of trials that had negative outcomes,” says Harwood Schaffer, PhD, a research assistant professor at the University of Tennessee’s Agricultural Policy Analysis Center. “We’ve seen this in medicine: You only get the data that the [industry] wants you to see.” Schaffer also points out that the biotech firms consider their research proprietary, so there’s no record for the public to inspect: “Maybe the GMO companies aren’t hiding anything, but the question is: Does the public have the right to know?”


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