Monsanto maintains that its genetically modified (GMO) corn is nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO corn. But a 2012 report, titled “2012 Nutritional Analysis: Comparison of GMO Corn versus Non-GMO Corn,” tells a different story.
A copy of the report was sent to Moms Across America by the Canadian non-GMO seed company De Dell Seed Company. In fact, it turns out that GMO corn is essentially nutritionally dead and laced with toxins in amounts that exceed those the Environmental Protection Agency deems “safe.”
Nutritionally, the study found that non-GMO corn is 20 times richer in nutrition, energy and protein compared to GMO corn. Non-GMO corn has more calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron and zinc.
According to the report, GMO corn contains 13 parts per million (ppm) of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup. According to the EPA, the maximum amount of glyphosate allowed in drinking water is 700 parts per billion, or .7 ppm. So GMO corn contains 18.5 times the “safe amount” as set by the EPA. Europe allows only .2 ppm of glyphosate.
GMO corn also contains 200 ppm of formaldehyde. According to the EPA:
Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans. Health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions. May cause cancer. May also cause other effects listed under “organic gases.”
According to one study, formaldehyde is toxic to animals in amounts of .97 ppm or more. So GMO corn contains 200 times the amount shown to be safe.
Hat tip: Naturalsociety.com