A new video interview by Food Democracy Now's David Murphy with Dr. Don Huber, Purdue Professor Emeritus and plant pathologist, reveals Huber's startling discovery of an un-named new pathogen found to be causing health problems in livestock fed genetically modified corn and soy.
Among the most common genetically modified crops grown in the U.S., corn and soy are engineered to tolerate high levels of the glyphosate pesticide, commercially sold as Monsanto's Roundup—the largest manufacturer of glyphosate pesticide and resistant Roundup Ready seeds.
What Huber and his team of researchers have discovered is severe soil damage where the GM seeds are planted, likely as a result of the use of Roundup pesticides, which are leading to imbalances in soil quality and to micronutrient mineral deficiencies. These nutrients, such as the mineral manganese, play a significant role not just in the health of the plants grown in the soil, but also in the health of livestock animals who eat them. Whether it's the soil deficiencies or some other factor, this new microorganism is cause for alarm, according to Huber.
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In the video, Huber states that the pathogen is virus-sized, but it is not a virus because it is capable of reproducing itself. It is not a microplasma or prion either. The pathogen is connected to infertility and miscarriages. According to Huber, it can kill a fertilized egg in 24-48 hours.
Despite the lack of comprehensive environmental impact studies on the health risks of long-term exposure to GM foods, the U.S. grows more than 165 million acres of GM crops (mostly Roundup Ready), more than any other country in the world and continues to deregulate more crops like the recent USDA approval to grow GM alfalfa.
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