Top Health Stories of 2012: Are Genetically Modified Foods Dangerous?

The Dr. Oz Show medical staff chose the top most innovative, interesting and influential health headlines of 2012. Each day until the new year, we’ll round up and revisit the major headlines that had a profound effect on science, medicine and your health over the last 12 months.

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Headline #16: French Scientists Discover Problems With Genetically-Modified Corn

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) have already been banned in several European countries – and concern about GMOs is growing in the United States. This year, California voted to strike down Proposition 37, a bill aimed at clearly labeling genetically modified ingredients in commonly consumed foods. However, the battle to raise awareness of genetically modified foods surges on.

Earlier this year, The Dr. Oz Show sat advocates on both sides of the argument down to debate the issue. The debate has been heated and will probably go on for a long time before any conclusions are made.

Much of the drive against genetically modified foods comes from a recent French study that researched the effects of NK603, a type of corn that has been genetically modified to be tolerant of a commonly used herbicide. Because this crop would be more tolerant, more of the herbicide could be used to kill off surrounding weeds, but small amounts of it would actually “seep” into the corn. The scientists fed rats NK603 that contained levels of the herbicide. They found the rats eventually developed massive tumors after seven months and died earlier than animals fed a “regular” diet.

Pictures of rats with tumors popped up on the Internet and in newspapers, influencing an exponentially growing grassroots community to stand for what it thinks is right.

While the debate continues, find out what foods to avoid for your safety until more research comes out.


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