Why I would NEVER eat Conventional Corn

September 11, 2012 · 16 comments

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Corn was one of my favorite foods. I ate it in many forms; fresh corn, frozen corn kernels, corn bread, corn chips, you get the idea. For many people it is a gluten-free mainstay. However, in this country, 80% of the conventional corn crop is genetically modified. What’s so bad about that? Let me tell you.

Animals fed GM corn got fat quicker

An experimental feeding study from Norway, released in July 2012, revealed a positive link between GM corn and obesity. The study was conducted over a ten year period and animals fed GM corn got fatter quicker and retained the weight compared to animals fed a non-GM grain diet. The studies were performed on rats, mice, pigs and salmon. All the results showed this association. This study was a multi-national collaboration with researchers from Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey and Australia.

The animals were fed a diet of GM corn and soy which contained toxic proteins from the Bacillus thuriengensis (BT). Bt is actually an insecticide that works by killing larval insect pests which damage corn, soy, cotton, canola and other crops. That sounds good if you want to protect the crops, but taking that DNA and inserting (more like blasting) it into the DNA of the plant alters the plant DNA and the plant proteins.

This can be a problem. A big problem.

We have an epidemic of obesity

When rats were fed a diet of fish that had consumed GM grain, they saw the same result – they got fatter faster.

The results of this study suggests that people who routinely consume food products with GM corn or soy may be at risk for developing obesity and have a great deal of difficulty losing it.

Sound like anyone you know?

The effects of GM grains on the organs of the animals

The researchers found distinctive changes in the intestines of animals fed the GM grains compared to those fed non-GM grains. This confirms other studies done by US researchers. Significant changes occurred in the digestive systems of the test animals and other major organs such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more.

Professor Åshild Krogdahl et al, from the Norwegian Veterinary College, said.

The ones who had fed on GM corn were slightly larger, they ate slightly more, their intestines had a different micro-structure, they were less able to digest proteins, and there were some changes to their immune system.

 The effects of altered protein assimilation

Reducing the ability to digest proteins compromises available nutrition to the body and over time may result in the develpment of chronic illnesses — many of which are on the rise including, diabetes, digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (ADD), autoimmune diseases, sexual dysfunction, sterility, asthma, COPD and many more.

It appears that there is a cascade effect from any living thing exposed to genetically modified organisms. It affects the plant, any person and animal who eats the plant and any person or animal that eats the animal that ate the plant.

Sort of like the old lady who ate the fly… she died in the end.

Professor Åshild Krogdahl stated,

It has often been claimed that the new genes in genetically modified foods can’t do any damage because all genes are broken down beyond recognition in the gut. Our results show the contrary that genes can be taken up across the intestinal wall, is transferred to the blood and is left in the blood, muscle and liver in sufficiently large segments to be identified ….. The biological impact of this gene transfer is unknown.

We do now know about maternal and fetal exposure to glyphosate

This study published in Reproductive Toxicology in 2011, revealed that the blood serum of pregnant and non-pregnant woman and fetuses had circulating pesticides associated to genetically modified foods (PAGMF). Sadly, this opens the door to a new field in reproductive toxicology and utero-placental toxicities.

The solution

Go grain-free. The corn crop in the US has been annihilated by GMO’s. I would also never eat corn that is labeled organic, unless I grew it myself from organic seeds that I knew were 100% organic — or from an organic farm that I trusted 100%.

Unfortunately that removes a lot foods offered at restaurants and markets because corn is an ingredient in a lot of food items. I’ve given it up completely because I just don’t want to take the chance.

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Norwegian source for quotes from Professor Åshild Krogdahl.
English source for translated materials

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1 Laura @ Stealthy Mom September 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I was so sad when I saw this year’s sweet corn in the grocery store, and sold by folks in pickups along the roadside. GMO sweet corn is hot off the press this year and there is no way to tell. The grocery store doesn’t have sticker codes on it, so I can avoid the “8″, and the roadside resellers rarely know their product. No more sweet corn for us until we grow our own, I guess.

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2 Debbie in Canada September 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Hi: I think you may have condensed three types of corn into two. Most corn grown now is GMO as you stated but ‘conventional corn’ is non-GMO but still grown with the use of assorted chemicals sprayed on them. Organic corn is, of course, non-GMO and also not spraying with the junk used on the other two types. In a pinch, I will buy conventional corn and wash it thoroughly but my first choice is organic. I get a nasty reaction to GMO corn so I am mortified, and angry, that GMO sweet corn is now allowed to be grown. Ever vigilant, I interrogate sellers as to what type of corn they have for sale. If I don’t get a clear answer, I don’t buy it. I was duped into buying GMO ‘bi-colour’ corn a couple of years ago…and after I recovered from my reaction to it, I wrote a letter to my local paper warning the rest of my town. More people are rejecting it and reading labels closer as GMO corn is used for in many packaged foods. Best option; leave it on the shelf…and warn your neighbours.

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3 Solveig September 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Interesting…. I was over in Norway in July 2012 and didn’t hear or read a thing about it. But I didn’t not see corn in the either fresh produce or canned form in their markets. I have always known over the years that in Europe, corn was a grain fit to be fed to pigs and not for human consumption.

But another odd thing about Norway, (and possibly other European countries) is that their sodas have aspartame, use of artificial sweeteners in tablet form is still prevalent and contain sodium cyclamate and sodium saccharine (which here in the US is only used in breath mints and toothpaste) and had been banned in foods back as far as the late 1960′s. Also, MSG in the form of the little shaker containers like we used in the 1960′s, (except they add other spices and herbs to it) is prevalent there.

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4 Lyza@ Chic Shades of Green September 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

I think this is the second or third time I have seen a post of yours on a blog hop that is the same subject as mine! It’s great that we are getting the word out there. I have been trying to weed out all of the “bad” ingredients in food while changing my diet to eat less grains. I would be well up for a drastic change but my husband and 6 year old would have a harder time. I pack her lunch for school every day and yesterday was the first day I packed a sandwich, which was at least on sprouted organic bread. It’s so hard to make all of these changes that’s why I try to do them slowly. You might like my post on corn: http://www.chicshadesofgreen.com/the-cornier-you-are-the-more-i-dont-want-to-eat-you/

I have really enjoyed reading your posts.

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5 Jill September 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hi Lyza,
Yes, I did see your post! It is really good — very thorough and I love the listing of products corn may be in that you included. It is so disheartening to know that the food supply is so tainted.

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6 kate September 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

NO grains at all? Not even organics and for me, gluten free?? We need some of the fiber and nutrients in grains, don’t we? I eat rice and oats in lieu of wheat a LOT.

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7 Glutenfreedietplaninfo.org October 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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8 FarmerG February 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I’d just like to point out that to a farmer (and by that I mean a person involved production agriculture), the term ‘conventional corn’ means ‘non-GMO corn’.

I know this because I am a production farmer. When we talk about corn hybrids and varieties we talk about ‘traits’ when we talk about GMO seed, and when we talk about non-GMO seed we call it ‘conventional’.

Just thought you might like to know.

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9 Jill February 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi FarmerG,
Yes. Someone else also pointed that out. Thank you.

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