Three approved GM corn varieties found unsafe

A study published recently in the International Journal of Biological Sciences, details the toxicity of three genetically modified corns developed by Monsanto Company. Researchers from Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) and Universities of Caen and Rouen have highlighted a number of negative effects linked with their consumption. Their study of the 90-day feeding trials data of insecticide producing Mon 810, Mon 863, and Roundup herbicide absorbing NK 603 varieties of GM maize clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system.

The research follows in the wake of European governments obtaining the raw data related to feeding of rats for 90 days and making it publically available for scrutiny and counter-evaluation. The researchers have concluded that all three GMOs contain novel pesticide residues that will be present in food and feed and may pose grave health risks to those consuming them. They have, therefore, called for immediate prohibition on the import and cultivation of these GMOs and have strongly recommended additional long-term (up to 2 years) and multi-generational animal feeding studies on these GMOs to provide true scientifically valid data on the acute and chronic toxic effects of GM crops, feed and foods.


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