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Russian scientists to broadcast GMO experiment

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After a French study suggested that rats fed on Monsanto GMO corn suffered tumors, Russian researches plan their own, this time public, experiment. The unique reality show with rats is expected to prove or deny GMO’s health-threatening influence.

­The Russian scientists, who oppose genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food, expect that their year-long experiment will show whether the controversial cultivation process has effects as dangerous as French revelations claimed on September 19.

Scientists from France’s University of Caen made public the results of their classified study, publishing the images of rats with tumors after they were fed a diet of genetically modified (GM) maize produced by American chemical giant Monsanto.

The revelation stirred fear across Europe and in Russia, where authorities temporarily suspended the import and sale of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn.

Russian researches from the National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) believe such experiments should be conducted publicly, so that people can see the process with their own eyes, and thus trust, or not, the study.

So they came up with the idea of public experiment. Web cameras, installed in cages with rats, will broadcast all stages of the experiment online. The unique reality show will be available on the Internet 24/7 worldwide.

“This is a unique experiment,” project author Elena Sharoykina told RT. “There hasn’t been anything like it before – open, public research by opponents and supporters of GMO.”

The idea behind the test is to feed several groups of rats with different food. One group will be fed with soybeans and corn with a high content of GMOs, while the other gets the same products, but with low GMO levels. The third will be given food with no GMO whatsoever, and the fourth with standard rat food.

For the sake of the purity of the experiment, employees who feed the rats will not know what kind of food they are giving.

Scientists expect to observe five generations of rats, if the rodents survive.

“It is hard to predict how animals will react,” Sharoykina said.

Such an experiment was initially planned to be held in 2006, but back then researchers failed to find financial support. So, they initiated another study, using hamsters. The scientists oversaw a few generations of the rodents and concluded that by the third generation, some of the animals became infertile.

To make the experiment objective, the group of scientists will also include supporters of GMOs and foreign experts.

The research is to be launched in March 2013, because the scientists still have to work out their methods, form a team and find funding.

The current project may cost up to $1 million. Scientists hope to find commercial sponsors, get grants from the government, or even raise some funds through public financing, for example, through the Internet.

Sharoykina says that if the experiment does prove the destructive influence on animals, it should be the pretext to banning GMOs in Russia.

“But we will have a chance to understand in what direction we should move,” she said. “If this research proves negative influence, and supporters of GMOs accept it, the next step should be a moratorium on products with GMOs in Russia.”


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  • Jim

    This is probably one of the best ways to win the hearts and minds of western peoples.

    P.S. Sadly I see too many fat Americans who do not care about GMO, or corn syrups in their staple-diet. If you are “fat” please stick to natural foods/sugars like: cane-sugar.

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  • Cashmere

    Good ,just make sure you don’t get bullied about it because this is important! I live in the west and feel like the only way I can feed my family real food is by growing it myself! I’ve been noticing the popularity of gmos for about three yrs now and its freaking scary ! Since I have been growing our food my family has been a lot healthier but most other westerners think I’m a little crazy , maybe if they see this on tv ( the brain washed messes only believe tv) they will think about it.

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  • jerry

    This all boils down to keep jews rich by university teaching, becoming high price doctors in the field or all other rich field to continue the machination of rich jew culture to support zionist while the gentile get sick from there food of creation factory of chemical additives, make the hospital grow rich from all ages of people, crooked banking, crooked wall street, get rich off of IRA accounts and then let it go up in smokes, etc., etc., …….

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  • Dove

    I highly doubt there is anything “popular” about GMOs here in the States. It’s not like we’re demanding them or even asking for them. Many people don’t even know they are eating them because GMOs aren’t labeled yet, so the average consumer isn’t the one pushing for these foods.

    They do so only by unknowingly buying products that contain GMOs and by purchasing animals (meat products) who have been fed GMOs. Definitely not “by popular demand”, which would suggest that people actually know what they’re getting into by buying these things. Unbelievably, some people over here still don’t even know what a GMO is or how damaging they can be, yet we’ve been consuming them for 15 years or so, just like little guinea pigs.

    Polls show that most people who are aware of GMOs want them labeled, yet the governments have duly ignored us thus far (hopefully that will change soon with Prop 37 in California paving the way for all foods in all states to be labeled). We have every right to know how our food is grown and what it contains.

    Most other countries give their citizens a *choice* to buy GMOs or not. That’s how it should be here. And there should be safety labels put on them, as well, since they HAVE shown to be harmful to animals. They have studies to show drinking and smoking can be harmful and those things have warning labels because of it; GMOs shouldn’t be any different.


    I grow as much of my own food as possible, too, but people who see my garden think it’s wonderful rather than crazy. Thankfully, the movement toward organic, sustainable food *is* growing, and more people are waking up every day and resisting GMOs. I’d say 1/4 of the houses on my street have gardens of some size or measure. There is hope… :)

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