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By Gina Marie Cheeseman
The study evaluated whether the genetically modified (GM) corn known as NK603 is equivalent to traditional corn on a molecular basis. They found that "a total of 117 proteins and 91 metabolites were altered in corn due to the process of genetic transformation."
They concluded that NK603 corn is not "substantially equivalent" to conventional corn. In other words, GM corn is not the same on a molecular level as non-GM corn.
"Our study clearly demonstrates that the GM transformation process leads to profound compositional differences in NK603, demonstrating that this transgenic corn is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart," said Dr. Antoniou.
Our results call for a more comprehensive long-term safety evaluation for the consumption of NK603 corn.
Monsanto, the maker of GM crops and the herbicide glyphosate, argue that GM corn is equivalent to non-GM corn. The company stated in a NK603 maize safety summary that it is "comparable to traditional maize with respect to food, nutrients and environmental safety." Monsanto on its website says that GM crops were tested more than any other crop without credible evidence of harm against humans or animals. "
Government regulatory agencies use information provided by companies like Monsanto to assess the safety of GM crops.
Government regulatory agencies use information provided by companies like Monsanto to assess the safety of GM crops. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that NK603 corn is "equivalent in composition to conventional corn, except in the presence of CP4 EPSPS proteins." Those are the proteins that make GM corn tolerant of glyphosate.
Most of the corn in North America is genetically modified. The GE corn acreage in the United States in 2016 was 89%, compared to 10% in 1997, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Although the Canadian government does not record the amount of GM corn grown in Canada, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) estimates that in 2015 more than 80% of the grain corn in the country was GM. Neither the United States nor Canada requires genetically modified foods to be labeled.
Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a committed journalism and freelance writer with a passion for healthy living. The article was originally published inNaturallySavvy.com
Photo: Adam Gault
The Epoch Times