Monsanto’s GMO corn has been at the center of controversy following a shocking study which showed a worrying link between it and cancerous tumors. In the study by a group of French scientists at the University of Caen in France, research scientists discovered that GMO corn harvested by Monsanto biotechnical company may lead to the growth of cancerous tumors and subsequent premature death. This news has left the medical community, and especially consumers, reeling.
The study on GMO corn tested a group of rats which were fed a diet of genetically modified corn from Monsanto. After consuming the corn for the specified period of time, the rats showed significant damage to their kidneys and livers, as well as severe tumors on their mammary glands. At the end of the study, half of the male rats in the study and 70% of the females suffered premature deaths. This differed significantly from the control group, in which 20% of females and 30% of male rats died.
The Center for Food Safety in the United States conducted a study on the prevalence of GMO corn in the country and found that 85% of all corn farmed in the US were genetically modified. This news is concerning, particularly as food containing this type of corn is not legally required to reveal this information on the product’s packaging. While there has not been sufficient research done into the topic, a wide variety of breakfast cereals are likely to be made using GMO corn. As none of these brands state that they do not use genetically modified corn, they also do not claim to use only organic substances that are GMO-free.
Here is a list of breakfast cereals which are likely to contain GMO corn from Monsanto:
The landmark study on Monsanto’s GMO corn has not been without its fair share of controversy. For all the supporters of the findings of the French study, there has been an equal amount of criticism from various sectors. The head of London’s King’s College’s research division on nutritional sciences, Tom Sanders, is one such critic.
Sanders maintains that the particular breed of rat which was tested in the study is known to develop tumors of the mammary glands, especially when they are not curbed in their dietary intake. Other sceptics have questioned why there has never been any previous alarms raised in prior research tests on GMO corn.
In response to the criticism on the validity of their study’s results, research leader Gilles-Eric Seralini offers the rebuttal that his latest study, which lasted two years in total, gives a lifelike and substantive look into the prolonged effects of genetically modified corn. The length of his study vastly differs to the time frame used in testing GMO corn crops, which lasts a total of 90 days.
As previously mentioned, it is difficult to pinpoint which cereal brands make us of GMO corn in manufacturing their products. If you are concerned about the risk of unknowingly consuming genetically modified corn, there are a few precautions you can take.
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