Section 7: Other types of GM foods carry risks
7.1 Milk from rbGH treated cows may increase risk of cancer and other diseases
1. Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is injected into dairy cows in US and
elsewhere, to increase milk production.Milk from treated cows has much higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone considered to be a high risk factor for breast, prostate, colon, lung and other cancers. The milk also has lowered nutritional value, increased antibiotics and more pus from infected udders.
2. Milk from treated cows has much higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone considered to be a high risk factor for breast, prostate, colon, lung and other cancers.
3. The milk also has lowered nutritional value, increased antibiotics and more pus from infected udders.
7.2 Milk from rbGH-treated cows likely increases the rate of twin births
1. Higher IGF-1 levels increase the rate of twin births.
2. Since milk drinkers increase their IGF-1, correspondingly they have higher twinning rates.
3. Milk from cows injected with bovine growth hormone has higher IGF-1 levels.
4. Drinking milk from injected cows should increase the twinning rate even more.
5. The number of twins grew at twice the rate in the US compared to the UK, where rbGH is banned.
7.3 Food additives created from GM microorganisms pose health risks
1. Certain food ingredients and processing agents are derived from GM bacteria, fungus or yeast.
2. Even if the transgene is not found in the food, the GM process still carries risks.
3. The GM protein may be unhealthy, have altered properties or react with other compounds in unpredictable ways.
4. The gene insertion process might also disrupt normal gene expression of the microorganisms.
A summary of the 65 Health Risks
Presented in Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith