High correlation between GM soybean and cancer: expert

2013-06-21 03:41:28 GMT2013-06-21 11:41:28(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Jia Xiaoguang, Sina English

When China’s domestic market bears the brunt of the mounting import of genetically modified (GM) soybeans, a more alarming repercussion is implied in an annual report on cancer in China where a high correlation is discovered between GM soybean and the lethal disease.

“We used to assume a prudent attitude toward the safety of GM soybeans.” said Wang Xiaoyu, deputy secretary general of the soybean association of NE Heilongjiang Province. “We didn’t realize the gravity of the issue until we read the annual report on China’s cancer registry in 2012.”

According to the report, the number of new cancer cases in China amounts to 3.5 million or so per year while about 2.5 million patients die of cancer.

Wang said according to his findings, the most cancer-stricken areas coincidentally overlap with those where most of China’s GM soybean oil is consumed, including northern provinces Henan and Hebei and eastern costal areas Shanghai and Jiangsu.

By contrast, provinces like central Hubei and Hunan where GM soybean oil are mostly kept off the dining table enjoy relatively low tumor incidence.

“For example, the gastric cancer occurs frequently in Jiangsu which processes the most GM soybeans across the country. Its neighboring province Shandong, where the people mostly consume peanut oil, is not a high-incidence area of cancer.” Wang said.

Wang is not alone in claiming the correlation between GM food and health hazard. An experiment conducted by Russian scientists in 2010 finds that the GM food can do harm to mammals to the extent that they could lose reproductive ability.

“Soybean oil contains a kind of vitamin E otherwise known as totaxin, which greatly affects the genital system of human beings.” Wang explained. “If the totaxin comes from GM products, it could probably pose a grave threat to men’s health.”

“Our association thus concludes that people relying on GM soybean oil are more susceptible to tumor and infertility. The time is unripe for it to enter the market before it’s tested as safe.” Wang finally added.

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