A recent write up in Newsmax about GMO’s caught my eye. As you all may know about a month ago I fact checked online publication for a misinformation article it posted bout genetically modified foods a short time ago. Although the article in question is an opinion piece, a quick over view of Newsmax‘s archives reveals no articles supporting biotechnological foods.
The op-ed was written by a Dr. Russell Blaylock in which he states that a recent study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology points out that GMO foods induced tumors and other cancers. However, the doctor does not even bother to link to the report in his essay and also states:
This study clearly shows that most of the harmful effects of GMO foods occur after 90 days. In this study, animals were fed the GMO corn for two years in concentrations commensurate to what people would eat. What they found is beyond shocking.
The animals fed GMO food died 2 to 3 times more often than the animals eating a normal diet. Male rats demonstrated liver damage and significant kidney damage 2.5 to 5.5 times more often than control rats.
The manuscript Blaylock is referring to is a retracted study published in 2012 in Food and Chemical Toxicology headed by French researcher Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini of Caen University in which the study states rats used for experiments for their research were fed Monsanto manufactured GMO corn for two years. Doing so, the researchers claim, resulted in cancerous tumors in rodents. The journal later retracted the manuscript in 2013 due to questions about the methodology used by scientists to reach their conclusions.
Like I have said before it is wrong for Newsmax to publish such tripe since it undermines the publication’s credibility as an alternate media news source. Newsmax should not be a third column for the anti-GMO crowd since their efforts help environmentalists in their campaigns to restrict our food supply which helps to sustain and enhance human life on Earth. Shame, Newsmax, shame.