28 February 2011

Research indicates Roundup Ready crops may cause animal miscarriages

An alarming open letter to the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, claims that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified crops contain a previously unknown organism that can cause animal miscarriage and crop disease that could threaten the entire domestic food supply.

The letter, written by Purdue University’s Emeritus Professor Don Huber, was written before the recent approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa and presents preliminary findings that a new microscopic pathogen was found in large concentrations in Roundup Ready soybean meal and corn, distillers meal, fermentation feed products, pig stomach contents and pig and cattle placentas.

Huber states in the letter, “For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman's terms, it should be treated as an emergency.”

Huber called for an immediate moratorium on the deregulation of Roundup Ready crops until they could be absolutely sure Monsanto’s crops and the new pathogen are not linked. Clearly his plea fell on deaf ears.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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