In the shadow of the recent discovery of genetically-engineered experimental wheat in Oregon, a new study is casting serious doubts on GMO grain. The research found that pigs fed a diet of genetically modified soy and corn are significantly more like to suffer from stomach inflammation.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Organic Systems, looked at two groups of pigs. One group was fed a diet of GMO soy and corn, and of that group, 32 percent suffered from severe inflammation. A second group was fed regular, non-GMO grains and in that group, only 12 percent suffered from stomach inflammation. The GMO crops used in the study had been engineered with traits developed by Monsanto, the biotech company which has been sued over the recent Oregon discovery.
Feds confirmed that the the recent Oregon GMO wheat discovery was the same as wheat designed by Monsanto to be herbicide-resistant that was tested in Oregon but never approved.
The Associated Press reports that a group of Idaho farmers have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto following the discovery of GMO wheat in eastern Oregon. The AP's Rebecca Boone reports that the farmers are looking for a judge to order Monsanto to decontaminate the farmland and transportation and harvesting equipment of all affected farmers.
Meanwhile, the biotech industry has predictably critiqued the new study. CropLife International, a global organization that represents the industry, told Reuters that there's already plenty of animal studies showing that GMO seeds are perfectly healthy.