GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

On October 26th, 2015, Independent Science News published: “GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find,” a news article by Jonathan Latham, PhD.

Synopsis: Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and who are also shorter, according to a new study published in the journal of Small Ruminant Research (Tudisco et al., 2015). The researchers attributed the growth defects to reduced milk and colostrum quality in the GE-fed mothers. “The differences in the composition of the colostrum between the mothers fed the GE soy and the non-GE soy were particularly striking. The colostrum from the GE-fed mothers contained only 2/3 of the fat, 1/3 of the protein and close to half of the IgG of the mothers fed the non-GM soy,” said Dr Judy Carman Director of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research, Australia, (who was not involved in the study) in an email to Independent Science News.

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For the original research paper by Tudisco et al., 2015 go to:

Further reading
Reviews of the safety studies carried out on genetically engineered plants:

Krimsky, Sheldon. “An Illusory Consensus behind GMO Health Assessment.” Science, Technology & Human Values (2015): 0162243915598381.
Heinemann, Jack A., Sarah Zanon Agapito-Tenfen, and Judy A. Carman. “A comparative evaluation of the regulation of GM crops or products containing dsRNA and suggested improvements to risk assessments.” Environment international 55 (2013): 43-55.
Domingo, José L., and Jordi Giné Bordonaba. “A literature review on the safety assessment of genetically modified plants.” Environment International 37.4 (2011): 734-742.
Domingo, Jose L. “Toxicity studies of genetically modified plants: a review of the published literature.” Critical reviews in food science and nutrition 47.8 (2007): 721-733.
Freese, William, and David Schubert. “Safety testing and regulation of genetically engineered foods.” Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews 21.1 (2004): 299-324.
Carman, Judy. “Is GM food safe to eat?.” Recoding Nature Critical Perspectives on Genetic Engineering (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2004) (2004): 82-93.
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