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Monsanto GMO corn linked to organ failure

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It’s already January 15th,and I have yet to write a depressing blog entry about how the environment is collapsing around us or how corporate America is screwing the public. Hope you enjoyed your vacation… here we go.

International Journal of Biological Sciences just released a study of the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, and found that three varieties of Monsanto GMO corn that had been approved for human consumption in the US and Europe in fact cause organ damage in rats, and could in humans too.

You’ll be shocked to note (or maybe not) that the original study that proclaimed the corn safe for dinner was conducted by Monsanto after a full 90-days of evaluation. I’m neither a doctor nor am I a scientific researcher, but I spend more time 90-days testing boots before they get reviewed in Backpacker. It seems like an insufficient amount of time to test a possible human toxin.

Incredibly, an independent study just found that the three varieties of corn Monsanto claimed safe in fact cause kidney and liver problems in rats (the kidneys and liver are the two primary organs that clean toxins from the body). But wait, that’s not all. The corn was also toxic to rats’ heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells. The first studies were done on rats, but suggest that there could be serious problems for humans who consume this corn whether straight up or in any of the thousands of food products that contain corn syrup.

According to the Huffington Post, Monsanto insists the independent study is “based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings for these products.” The study author replied on the Food Freedom blog, “Our study contradicts Monsanto conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs, or not proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the only careful reanalysis of Monsanto crude statistical data.”

You decide who you believe. And in the meantime, make some really conscious choices about what you put on your dinner table or in your kids’ lunch box.

-Berne Broudy

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