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Study Confirms Genetically Modified Crops Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety

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Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety 

Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of All GM Foods and GM Crops

IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 13, 2008)

(Los Angeles, CA.) - A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.

Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.

In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.  

The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.

A book by author Jeffrey M. Smith, Genetic Roulette, distributed to members of congress last year, documents 65 serious health risks of GM products, including similar fertility problems with GM soy and GM corn: Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce. Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells. The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning. Several US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties. Additionally, over the last two months, investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products.

The principle GM crops are soy, corn, cottonseed and canola. GM sugar from sugar beets will also be introduced before year’s end.

Mr. Smith, who is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology says, “GM foods are likely responsible for several negative health trends in the US. The government must impose an immediate ban on these dangerous crops.” He says, “Consumers don’t need to wait for governmental action. They can download a free Non-GMO Shopping Guide at”

Monsanto press offices in the UK and USA were unable to provide a comment on the findings for journalists yesterday.

The Institute for Responsible Technology’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically modified foods.

The Institute educates people about the documented health risks of GMOs and provides them with healthier non-GMO product choices.

The Institute also informs policy makers and the public around the world about the impacts of GMOs on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, and the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.


Institute For Responsible Technology
Media Contact: NJ Jaeger
Expert Contact: Jeffrey M. Smith
Phone: +1-310-377-0915

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Perhaps this is a new program of birth control -- ... by sometimes blinded on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 8:18:08 AM
After all, 5,500,000,000 must go .... if you read ... by richard on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 10:49:54 AM
There are essentially only 2 known and proven ways... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 11:48:11 AM
Mr. Smith, who is also the Executive Director of t... by Jim Eldon on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 11:23:53 AM
Mad cow may take awhile, but the Koreans don't... by John Hanks on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 7:41:49 PM
I want to thank whoever submitted this article. It... by Kathryn Smith on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 12:39:15 AM
it's probably progesterone and not estrogen wh... by Kathryn Smith on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 7:38:08 AM
This company's mission is an affront to h... by kato krause on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 12:43:56 PM
Monsanto and their ilk, clearly threaten our very ... by Rolland Miller on Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:59:21 PM
As I emailed Mr. Smith, but didn't get a respo... by David C on Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at 5:31:46 PM
I was not familiar with GMO foods until I happened... by Edward Safranski on Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at 6:09:01 PM
I hope we ban them like the Europeans have.... by Linda Gonzales on Monday, Nov 24, 2008 at 12:32:57 PM