Impact on health

toxins and the effect on the genes


GM soy is produced using high amounts of agri-toxics, sprayed from large specially designed tractors or airplanes. Officially the users should keep a safe distance to neighbouring fields, houses and people. Spraying is not allowed in windy conditions. But the guidelines are weak, and not enforced or even monitored. Very few people dare to challenge big soy producers. Challenging them in court is hardly ever successful, because those in charge often have close ties to these producers, or are soy producer themselves. Confronting those people is a risky business for the complainant and their family.

But there is more than enough reason to complain. The rate of illnesses and disorders is alarming. Children are especially vulnerable. Images of affected children, or children suffering from birth defects, are shocking. Recently a judge in Santa Fe Argentina prohibited spraying of soy fields directly bordering an urban neighbourhood. In the urban community ‘Ituzaingó’, in the city of Cordoba which numbers 5,000 inhabitants, 200 people suffer from cancer. Recently a study by Dr Carrasco and others confirmed malformations caused by roundup in embryos of amphibians.

Genetic engineering is a very controversial technology. The impacts of GM soy and exposure to agri-toxics used on GM soy fields, have never been properly investigated. Some studies that were done, show worrying results, such as changes in the organs and cells of animals that were fed with GM soy. The engineered gene and some of the substances that invoke the changes stay active in the soy and partly in the stomach of the animals that eat the soy. This soy nevertheless ends up on your plate on a daily basis.