Genetically engineered maize: New indication of health risks - January 2012
Written by Frédérique Baudouin
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Bt protein toxic to human cells Caen/
München. Insecticidal Bt toxins such as those produced in genetically
engineered plants can be detrimental to human cells. This is a result of
recent research led by researchers at the University of Caen (France).
Their experiments showed that toxins produced in, for example, the
genetically engineered maize MON810, can significantly impact the
viability of human cells. The effects were observed with relatively high
concentrations of the toxins, nevertheless there is cause for concern.
According to companies like Monsanto, which produces genetically
engineered maize with these toxins, the toxins are supposed to be active
only against particular insects and should have no effect on mammals
and humans at all. For the first time, experiments have now shown that
they can have an effect on human cells. These kinds of investigations
are not a requirement for risk assessment in Europe or in any other
finding of the researchers concerns a herbicide formulation sold under
the brand name Roundup. Massive amounts of this herbicide are sprayed on
genetically engineered soybean crops and its residues can be found in
food and feed. According to the new publication, even extremely low
dosages of Roundup (glyphosate formulations) can damage human cells.
These findings are in accordance with several other investigations
highlighting unexpected health risks associated with glyphosate