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Genetically Engineered Food Damaging to Humans

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A new research study shows genetically engineered food (GE) causes cellular damage. On February 15, 2012, the Journal of Applied Toxicology released an important study on damage done to human cells by GE food. This food carries the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis ( Bt ) insecticide and the herbicide 'Roundup' glyphosate gene traits.

The experiments conducted by R. Mesnage, E. Clair, S. Gress et al. shows the toxins produced by Bt bacteria attached to GE food have destructive toxic effects on human cells. Gilles-Eric Séralini from the University of Caen, who supervised the experiments said: "In conclusion, these experiments show that the risks of Bt toxins and of Roundup have been underestimated."

The Bt used in GE plants is not the Bt bacteria normally found in the soil. These bacteria have been genetically modified to be an extremely virulent more aggressive insect killing machine. The SmartStax seed varieties grown by farmers contain six different Bt toxins with more toxic protein content available to an unsuspecting human population. The SmartStax varieties were developed jointly by US biotech giant Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. 

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