by David Gutierrez, Natural News:
Thierry Vrain, who spent many years as a research scientist and genetically modified organism (GMO) advocate for Agriculture Canada, has recently gone public with his conclusion that GMOs are dangerous for humans, animals and the environment.
“I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat,” he wrote.
While at Agriculture Canada, Vrain was the scientist designated to address public groups with the message that GMOs were safe.
“I don’t know if I was passionate about it but I was knowledgeable,” he wrote. “I defended the side of technological advance, of science and progress.
“I have in the last 10 years changed my position.”
Animals that eat GMOs die
Vrain says that his change of opinion came about after he became aware of numerous studies from prestigious labs, published in prestigious scientific journals, showing the health risks of GMOs.
“There is… a growing body of scientific research — done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries — showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats,” he wrote.
Vrain notes that the evidence is so comprehensive that in 2009 the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for a moratorium on GMO foods and for expanded safety testing. The studies reviewed by the Academy found that a GMO diet led to problems including accelerated aging; immune dysfunction; infertility; dysfunction in genes that regulate cell signaling, cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation and protein formation; and changes to the kidneys, liver, spleen and gastrointestinal system.
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