Thursday, June 08, 2006
IS THAT DUPONT PIONEER LIBERTY LINK CORN YOU'RE EATING?
Pioneer Liberty Link corn was bioengineered to withstand high levels of the toxic herbicide glufosinate so that farmers could blast their corn fields with way more herbicide (enzymes in the GM corn break down the herbicide, making it less toxic to the plant), devastating surrounding weeds, but not corn consumers. At all. As far as we knew. Until yesterday or so.
Turns out that (and believe me, Dupont is just flabbergasted; they might even change the name of the corn) "enzymes in the human gut are likely 'reactivating' the herbicide... Glufosinate is known to cause nerve damage and is a likely endocrine disruptor. Scientists are also concerned that by reactivating the toxic chemical in the digestive tract, it is likely killing off beneficial bacteria necessary for healthy digestion." [from OCA newsletter]
If you've been having strange symptoms...
Posted by Robert Brady on Thursday, June 08, 2006