September 22, 2015 - GMO Soy Accumulates Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde


GMO Soy Accumulates Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde

Soybean plant
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - In a groundbreaking new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences, researchers have found that when soy is genetically engineered it sparks the production of carcinogenic formaldehyde.

Led by an MIT trained biologist, Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D, the researchers integrated 6,497 laboratory experiments from 184 scientific institutions, across 23 countries. They discovered that this genetic tinkering with soy plants resulted in the accumulation of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a dramatic depletion of glutathione, an antioxidant necessary for cellular detoxification.

Dr. Ray Seidler, a former EPA Senior Scientist, said: “Formaldehyde is a known class 1 carcinogen. Its elevated presence in soybeans caused by a common genetic engineering event is alarming and deserves immediate attention and action from the FDA and the Obama administration. Soy is widely grown and consumed in the U.S., including by infants fed baby food products, with 94% of soy grown here being genetically engineered.”

Hopefully, these findings should completely reverse the FDA’s regulatory protocols that call GMOs ‘substantially equivalent’ to their non-GMO counterparts.

COMMENT: In addition to the presence of formaldehyde in the GM plant as described above, formaldehyde is one of the breakdown products of the degradation of glyphosate which adds to the overall toxic effect. Learn more in our Glyphosate Fact Sheet here.

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