Pitiful symptoms in pigs fed GMO corn and soy

A new study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, and reported by Leslie Hatfield in the August 2013 Acresusa, found that pigs raised on a mixed diet of GM corn and GM soy had as much as four times higher rates of intestinal problems (including inflammation of the stomach and small intestine), stomach ulcers and thinning of intestinal walls as pigs fed a non-GMO diet.

And that’s not all. Pigs fed  totally or primarily on GMO food had an increased rate of reproductive problems, including miscarriages, and  hemorrhaging from the bowel, often causing bleeding out and death.

The study confirmed years of complaints from hog farmers concerned about reproductive and digestive problems in their pigs. The same complaints have been continuously reported on other livestock, but pigs were chosen for the study because of the similarity between their digestive systems and those of humans.

So, with all those problems, why do farmers feed their livestock on GM corn and soy? The answer is simple to all livestock raisers, large and small. GM corn and soy  dominate the American market to the tune of about 90 percent! Non-GMO animal feed is unaffordable for most small livestock raisers, and means insufficient profit for factory farms with  hormone, antibiotic and drug-boosted short life schedules for their animals.

Maybe you don’t care about the animals as long as you get your ham and bacon. But you should. Whatever the health of the soil and the plants and animals you eat, goes into our  human bodies too.

The conclusions of the study are about what you would expect–more study (almost nonexistent) needs to be done on the longterm effects of the genetically modified food and additives which permeate our society. And since we’re not the picture of health, we might want to give it some consideration.

However, other countries are not so sanguine about gorging themselves on cheap GMO delights. And then what happens to our export market? As Hatfield noted, “American agriculture may be on the verge of paying a very dear price for a long roll in the hay with the biotech industry.”

Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do so.” Bertrand Russell, English philosopher