Farmers Make the Switch: GMOs and Human Health Issues

by Vins

A small Danish farm, Pilegaarden (Willow Farm) in Hvidsten fed pigs under United Kingdom guidelines which allowed farmers to use GMO enhanced soy products containing glyphosate and Roundup that produced illness, birth defects and decreased healthy birth rates among swine. These pigs were slaughtered and sold to local markets and consumed by community members including farmer Borup Pederson. His personal concern in the harms of GMO products led him to switch to organic livestock feed in 2014.

As Pederson reports in this article, after the switch he found immediate positive results in the pigs’ health. Diarrhea, bloating and swelling disappeared, antibiotics were no longer necessary to treat illnesses, birth rates and survivals rose, and the overall management of the herd’s health demands decreased.

Pederson sent deformed piglets to Germany for testing at Leipzig University. Glyphosate was found in all their organs, along with physical deformities. Glyphosate was also detected in the urine, blood and muck. Pederson tested his own urine and found rates of glyphosate, not from feed but from local Danish shop consumption. The levels found in his urine were twice as high as that found in lab rats associated with infertility, birth defects and cancer.

For years there has been understudied research on the harms of GMOs used in agriculture around the US, Argentina, and Europe. These findings have been ignored and undermined by the USDA and UK regulations.

The association of glyphosate from Roundup with birth defects and health issues cannot be ignored. Pederson concluded, “due to the chemical Roundup and the fact that 1/80 people in certain towns in Argentina have the same defects after being exposed to the chemical and the fact that I know of 14 Danish people born with deformities of the same type makes me wonder what we are doing. And it scares me.” These serious and fatal issues can no longer be overlooked. Farming industries and health regulations refuse to make Non-GMO feed mandatory in livestock and agriculture industries. It is clear there needs to be an inside movement to make a positive healthy change for the global community.

Source: Ib Borup Pederson, “The Benefits of Non-GMO Soy for Farmers,Less Birth Deformities, Lower Medicine Costs and More Profits, Institute of Science in Society, September 9, 2014, http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Changing_from_GMO_to_non-GMO_soy.php.

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