ISIS Press Release 05/12/06
Making the World GM-Free & Sustainable
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Recipient of the Weston A. Price Integrity in Science Award
Keynote Lecture to Wise Traditions Conference, Weston A
Price Foundation, 11 November 2006
Severe stunting, deaths and sterility in the progeny of rats
fed GM soya, the latest in a long line of evidence
indicating that GM food and feed may be inherently hazardous
GM crops are a recipe for global bio-devastation and famine;
and a dangerous diversion from the urgent need to address
the global food and energy crises
We need the widespread implementation of the ‘Dream Farm 2'
model that maximises renewable energies and turns wastes
into food and energy resources, phasing out the use of all
fossil fuels and significantly mitigating global warming
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A study in progress at the Russian Academy of Sciences
reveals excessive stunting, deaths and sterility in the
progeny of rats fed genetically modified (GM) soya. It is
the latest in a long line of scientific and anecdotal
evidence indicating that GM food and feed may be inherently
hazardous to health.
GM crops epitomises industrial monoculture, with its worst
features exaggerated. They are part and parcel of the
“environmental bubble economy” built on the over-
exploitation of natural resources that has destroyed the
environment, depleted water and fossil fuels and accelerated
As a result, world grain yields have been
falling for six of the seven past years. Expanding the
cultivation of GM crops now is a recipe for global bio-
devastation, massive crop failures and global famine.
crops are a dangerous diversion from the urgent task of
getting our food system sustainable in order to really feed
There is a wealth of knowledge for making our food system
sustainable that can provide food security and health for
all while effectively mitigating global warming.
greatest obstacle to implementing the knowledge is the
dominant economic model of unrestrained, unbalanced growth
that has precipitated the current crises.
I have proposed to put together all the appropriate
technologies in a potentially highly productive zero-
emission, zero-waste food and energy ‘Dream Farm 2' based on
a model of sustainable systems as organisms. It is our best
way forward to a greener, healthier and more fulfilling life
without fossil fuels.
Latest findings on the health hazards of GM food and feed
Female rats fed GM soya produced excessive severely stunted
pups with over half of the litter dying within three weeks
and the surviving pups are sterile  ( GM Soya Fed Rats:
Stunted, Dead or Sterile , SiS 33 ).
These alarming findings come from the laboratory of senior
scientist Dr. Irina Ermakova at the Russian Academy of
Sciences in Moscow. The experiments began two years ago, and
the initial results hit the world press when Ermakova was
invited to address the 11th Russian Gastroenterological Week
in Moscow in October 2005.
Female rats given a supplement of GM Roundup Ready soya
beginning two weeks before mating and continuing afterwards
through pregnancy and lactation produced litters in which
more than a third of the pups were severely stunted, and
over half of the pups died within three weeks after birth.
Stunting was 5 to 6 times, and mortality 6 to 8 times those
of control litters produced by females on normal rat pellets
only, or rat pellets supplemented with non-GM soya. These
results were confirmed in further experiments.
the surviving pups from the GM soya-fed females were
completely sterile when mated with one another whether they
continued to be fed GM soya or not.
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