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Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops

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Posted at The Guardian : http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/23/hawaii-birth-defects-pesticides-gmo

Local doctors are in the eye of a storm swirling for the past three years over whether corn that’s been genetically modified to resist pesticides is a source of prosperity, as companies claim, or of birth defects and illnesses .

 

Pediatrician Carla Nelson remembers catching sight of the unusually pale newborn, then hearing an abnormal heartbeat through the stethoscope and thinking that something was terribly wrong.

The baby was born minutes before with a severe heart malformation that would require complex surgery. What worried her as she waited for the ambulance plane to take the infant from Waimea, on the island of Kauai, to the main children’s hospital in Honolulu, on another Hawaiian island, was that it was the fourth one she had seen in three years.

In all of Waimea, there have been at least nine in five years, she says, shaking her head. That’s more than 10 times the national rate, according to analysis by local doctors .

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My first thought was radiation from Japan. Who knows, it's all a big toxic mess at this point.

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