“GMOs make pigs sick” paper avoids rigorous analysis

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The following is an edited excerpt.

A long awaited study by Australian Dr. Judy Carman has appeared in the open access journal Journal of Organic Systems. It is an investigation in which pigs were fed so-called real world diets for about 23 weeks, and analyzed for about 35 health-related parameters. Two of the 35 parameters (gut inflammation and ovary size)  were different in pigs whose diets included GM corn and soy beans versus those fed non-GM versions of the same grains.

Are these measured changes due to chance (variation among pigs), overall diet, or is it indeed specifically the transgenic components of the diet that have possible causal effect? The paper avoids rigorous analysis of whether the differences are attributable to chance; There is no clear-cut hypothesis about what component(s) of the diet is different and what effect the component might have specifically on the animal.

Related article:  5 reasons how Consumer Reports rejects science on GMOs

It’s more fishing expedition than finding.

Read the full story here: Pigs in the real world — feed them different diets, measure many health parameters, some with show differences– but what does it all mean?

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