Is GM Soy Nutritionally Equivalent to Organic Soy?
GM soy is sadly part of most meals in America today. You may wonder how that’s possible, especially if you don’t buy any soybean products. Let me explain.
After Roundup ready soybeans are harvested, they are crushed and divided into two groups. The ‘meal part’ is given to farm animals as feed – which becomes your meat. The ‘fat part’ goes into cooking oil or is found in other food products. According to the US Soy Board, soy accounts for around 60 percent of American’s vegetable oil. So indirectly, you are exposed to toxic herbicides in two ways.
Your exposure of course, depends on your consumption habits. Someone that eats fast food and consumes meat regularly for example, has a much higher incidence of exposure as opposed to someone that consumes mostly organic foods and is vegan.
Soybeans are the second-largest crop in the US, covering about a quarter of America’s farmlands. In fact, America grows more soybeans than any other country except Brazil. More than 90 percent of the soybeans are genetically engineered to withstand toxic herbicides like Roundup, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Organic production accounts for less than 1 percent of acreage and the remaining 9 percent of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.
New Peer Reviewed Study Sheds Light on the Toxicity of GM Soy
In any study, it is important to look for peer reviews. This ensures that biased is not a concern. In a new peer-reviewed study of GM soy crops, researchers found that Roundup Ready soybeans contain significantly more herbicide residues than non-GM soybeans. They also found the crops to be nutritionally inferior to their counterparts.
The study identified three different types/groups of soybeans grown in Iowa. The first type was grown from genetically modified seeds. The second type was grown from conventional non-GM seeds that were exposed to herbicides. The third type was grown from organic soybeans and was not exposed to agrichemicals.
Researchers found residues of glyphosate
and AMPA, the compound that glyphosate creates as it breaks down and decays – on all 10 of the GM soy samples. None were found in the non-GM or organic soy samples. Residue levels hovered above a level that in the past, Monsanto declared to be ‘extreme’.
GM soy had total residues averaging 11.9 parts per million, with a maximum reading of 20.1 ppm. Even though this average is below the Environmental Protection Agency's limit of 20 ppm, a limit shared by the European Union, the findings shouldn’t be overlooked. In 1999, Monsanto reported that the maximum recorded reading of glyphosate residue was 5.6 ppm – the very same level that Monsanto declared to be extreme.
The science surrounding the effects of glyphosate at relatively low levels are controversial. By setting the residue limit at 20 parts per million, regulators are seemingly giving a thumbs-up endorsement. However, a 2012 study by Rick Relyea – a University of Pittsburgh scientist - found that Roundup in water at 3 ppm induced morphology in frogs. In a 2012 paper, German researchers subjected various bacterial strains typically found in the guts of poultry to glyphosate at levels of 5 ppm and lower. They found that glyphosate tended to harm beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus, while pathogens like Salmonella tended to be highly resistant.
Those results suggest that glyphosate can shift the balance of the gut bacteria. That’s not good news, given the surge in intestinal problems many people are experiencing today. Most everyone I know is taking probiotics
regularly. It’s no wonder!
One of my biggest problems with genetic engineering
is that they’re not labeled in our food. Since Monsanto claims that they’re safe, why not identify the products that contain them? The fact that Monsanto and the GMA (Grocery Manufacturing Association) are fighting the labeling of modified organisms with billions of dollars speaks volumes. Today, Americans and Canadians are playing Russian roulette with their lives – and most are totally unaware of the associated risks.
Is GM Soy Nutritionally Equivalent to Organic Soy?
The study also found significant differences between in the nutritional quality of the different types of soybeans. Organic soybeans showed the healthiest nutritional profile, with slightly higher protein levels than the other types but lower levels of omega 6 fatty acids, which is actually good news! There has been a huge rise in omega 6 fats in the American diet. In fact, over the course of human evolution, there has been a dramatic swing in the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats consumed in the diet. This change, perhaps more than any other dietary factor, has contributed to the epidemic of modern inflammatory diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Organic soy’s profile also contained more organic-type sugars, such as glucose, fructose, sucrose and maltose, significantly more zinc but less fiber than both conventional and GM soy. Organic soybeans also contained less total saturated fat than both conventional and genetically engineered soybeans. Using 35 different nutritional and elemental variables to characterize each soy sample, researchers were able to discriminate GM, conventional, and organic soybeans without exception
. This demonstrates 'substantial NON-equivalence' in the compositional characteristics of genetically altered soy.
Furthermore, researchers in Egypt who studied rats fed a GM soybeans diet found that:
- DNA fragmentation increased significantly after the rats were fed genetically modified soy, and the levels of toxicity increased at 30, 60, and 90 days.
- Glyphosate-tolerant enzymes were found in the blood, and as researchers pointed out, "There is a growing concern that introducing foreign genes into food plants may have an unexpected and negative impact on human health".
- The kidney’s bio-pathology increased. Blood creatinine and uric acid concentrations increased significantly in rats fed the GM diet for 30, 60, or 90 days.
- Chromosomal aberrations were observed. There was a highly significant number of abnormal cells.
- Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans.
As if those findings weren't staggering enough, there's been a newly released study, done by Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D.- an MIT-trained systems biologist. Dr. Ayyadurai reveals that a diet of GM soy resulted in:
"[the] accumulation of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a dramatic depletion of glutathione, an anti-oxidant necessary for cellular detoxification, in genetically altered soy, indicating that formaldehyde and glutathione
are likely critical criteria for distinguishing the GMO from its non-GMO counterpart."
and organic soy are NOT nutritionally equivalent. You just can't argue with these findings. And you don't have to be an MIT graduate to get that!
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