When the health food boom kicked off decades ago, it seemed there was one answer to every question and it was soy. 20 years ago, Americans spent $300 million per year on soy products. In the time since, its risen to over $4 billion. While its a great source of protein, and a great substitute for meat for vegetarians or vegans, its taken a turn downwards like so many other similar promising ideas. Nearly 90% of the soybean crops that are consumed now are grown genetically modified seeds. While GM products have created quite a stir over the past few years, theyve actually been in circulation for nearly 10 years. While there has been a lot of concern about the safety of GM crops, recent studies suggest that they may be more dangerous than previously thought; possibly even being linked to sterility and death in lab tests.
South America is the largest producer of soy in the world, and with that title also comes many stories of illness and death surrounding the pesticides used to treat GM soy plants. One of the benefits of GM crops is their resistance to such chemicals, though until recently not much was considered about their possible effects on living beings whether it be by direct contact or at the end of the line as a consumer. A story from the UK Telegraph told of one particular family that experienced the death of an 11 year old boy that was the direct result of being sprayed with the chemical pesticides used on a soy farm. Whats interesting is that the mother of the boy was quoted as saying Soy destroys peoples lives and It is a poison. It is no way to live. Soy is deadly to us. Soy, not Roundup, is deadly to the locals.
A study from the National Association for Gene Security and Surovs Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences compared results from 4 groups of hamsters that were all fed normal diets, but one contained no soy, one with non-GM soy, one with GM soy, and the final group was fed higher amounts of GM soy. The results seemed normal at first, until they selected new couples from each groups babies. At this time it was evident that they matured much more slowly. Not only that, but of the babies born to each group, the ones being fed GM soy had significantly lower birth rates and significantly higher death rates. In fact, the group that was being fed higher content of GM soy only produced 16 babies and 20% of those actually died. Not only are the birth rates lower and death rates higher, but there were also instances noted where recessed pouches inside the hamsters mouths GREW HAIR. This obviously brings up questions of potential genetic mutation, as hair growth inside the mouth is anything but normal.
The Telegraph (UK)
Institute for Responsible Technology
Santa Monica Daily Press