This kind of makes me sick at my stomach. Just as a study is released within the past several months indicating genetically modified soy has been linked to sterility and infant mortality in hamsters (and thus likely humans as well), DuPont has been approved by the USDA to begin production of soy with yet another genetic modification.
Seeing how inept the government is at managing, well, anything these days, you can imagine my concern for what this means when the USDA claims to have vetted genetically modified food that we all will consume at some point in the near future. Read on and be prepared …
After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.
And if this isn’t shocking enough, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside their mouths—a phenomenon rarely seen, but apparently more prevalent among hamsters eating GM soy.
[Slightly throws up in mouth]
DuPont on Tuesday said U.S. agricultural officials approved the company’s new soybean characteristic intended to expand commercial and consumer uses.
DuPont said it cleared the final step of the U.S. regulatory process with the Agriculture Department’s approval of the biotechnology product for cultivation in the U.S.
DuPont’s Plenish high oleic soybeans were developed by the company’s Pioneer Hi-Bred business, based in Des Moines, Iowa.
DuPont, based in Wilmington, said the soybeans contain the highest oleic acid content of any soybean product under commercial development. The trait increases the stability of oil from the soybeans, providing greater flexibility for food applications, DuPont said.
The oil also has 20 percent less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil, which DuPont said makes it more attractive for consumer food products.
DuPont said the oil’s high stability could lead to its use in industrial applications as an alternative to petroleum-based lubricants, foams and adhesives.
Plenish high oleic soybeans will be grown under contract for ongoing field and oil testing in the U.S. and Canada this year and next year, DuPont said. Full commercialization of the trait is anticipated in 2012, upon global regulatory approvals and ongoing field testing.
Thanks DuPont for your offer, but no thanks. I’ll take my saturated fat from regular old soy any day. I’m starting to wonder if the soy imported from Thailand is better for you than all the GMO food we eat from within U.S. today. Good grief …