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Over the last couple of years Echo readers learnt that eating genetically modified (GM) crops caused kidney and liver damage and cancer in rats.

This month a new study in the Journal of Hematology and Thromboembolic Diseases reveals the ‘leukemogenic’ properties of the Bt toxin engineered into the vast majority of GM crops.

Wiktionary.org describes leukemogenic as ‘tends to cause leukemia’. Most people eat GM foods regularly.

Peter Olson, Goonengerry


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  1. There is no credible evidence to suggest that eating GM food is linked to kidney or liver disease in rats. The study that attempted to show a link between GM food and cancer, and the flawed statistical analysis used by its authors, has been thoroughly discredited.

    I can find no sign of the article to which you refer in the Journal of Hematology and Thromboembolic Diseases. Moreover Bt is not engineered into the vast majority of GM crops.

    What Echo readers have seen is the extent to which some contributors will lie and misrepresent the facts in order to promote their position on GM.

    In doing so they undermine the credibility of all environmentally based campaigns allowing detractors to dismiss all issues as being promoted by misinformed extemists. Shame on your lies.

  2. GMO’s are a curse to the planet. Monsanto is a curse! All GMO’s should be banned world wide. Too many sick people and decades of GMO’s forced on us unknowingly; it’s criminal! Corrupt politics and lobbying in the U.S. has allowed GMO’s to exist covertly. The USDA (United States Dept. of Agriculture) should be ashamed to have X-Monsanto minions affecting AG policies! The U.S. Supreme Court has recently decided to allow Monsanto to force its genetically altered seeds injected with glysophosfate,=(RoundUp)on U.S. small farmers who cannot afford to fight them in court. We are sick about their corruption and bias towards giant Monsanto. They must be drinking RoundUp martini’s!


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