Want grandchildren? If so you might want to consider avoiding GMO (genetically modified organism) foods, which have recently been linked to long-term sterility, meaning sterility in second and third generations. This new study, conducted by the Russian equivalent of the US National Association for Gene Security, has not yet been published, but it’s anticipated that the details will be published later this summer. Published or not the findings of this study are scary and strange plus add to an already large collection of studies noting that GMO foods can cause health problems for children, plus problems related to fertility, birth weight of offspring and infant mortality.

In the video above, Jeffrey Smith, author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception, and Genetic Roulette, discusses the latest GMO research findings coming out of Russia. In summary, researchers used hamsters for this new GMO study. One group of hamsters was fed a normal diet without any soy products at all, a second group of hamsters was fed non-GMO soy, a third ate GM soy, and a fourth group ate an even higher amount of GM soy than the third.

Study results:

  • Researchers took five pairs of hamsters from each of the above groups. Each group produced about seven to eight litters of baby hamsters each.
  • The first generation seemed to have no fertility or offspring problems at all but the real trouble started when researchers selected new breeding pairs from the offspring.
  • The second generation had a slower growth rate and reached their sexual maturity later than normal but did eventually generate another 39 litters of hamster pups – in total; the no-soy control group had 52 pups; the non-GM soy had 78 pups; the GM soy group had only 40 pups, of which 25% died. In total, second-generation GM soy-fed hamsters had a five-fold higher infant mortality rate, than the hamsters who ate no soy.
  • The worst was yet to come though because nearly all of the third generation GM soy eating hamsters were sterile – they had lost the ability to have babies altogether.
  • Sterility is bad enough, but it wasn’t the only problem for third generation hamsters eating GM soy. The GM soy-fed groups also experienced an unusually high prevalence of an otherwise extremely rare phenomenon – hair growing inside the animals’ mouths. (You can see the images here – but be warned it’s not pretty.)

A quick primer on GMO:

GMO food items are the result of a laboratory, not natural process where genes are taken from one species and inserted into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or new characteristic. While home growers do this all the time; i.e. cross-breed a tomato plant for instance, genetic engineering in a lab is completely different and carries unique health risks for humans.

What’s the difference between cross-breeding plants at home and lab-made GMO food?

According to the Institute of Responsible Technology, genetic engineering means that “Scientists can breach species barriers set up by nature.” One example of GMO experiment is scientists splicing fish genes into tomatoes something a home gardener would never do. “The end result of lab-made GMO products are plants and animals with traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes, such as crossbreeding or grafting.

Until researchers know more it’s smart to avoid GMO foods especially if you want grandchildren without hair in their mouths. Visit the Institute of Responsible Technology for a full list of foods that are GM.

+ Warning: This Common Food Causes Devastating Offspring Defects in New Research Study

+ Jeffrey Smith Interview Transcript (PDF)

*Source: Organic Consumers Association

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