The Monsanto company has been in the news as of late on a consistent basis and millions of dollars each year are being spent by many grassroots organizations to bring to light the truth and the horrors of their genetically modified (GM) products that has swept across the globe. Monsanto has been accused of many things, from selling “Terminator Seeds” to farmers (seeds that won’t produce future seeds, forcing farmers to buy seeds from Monsanto for each planting) to being linked to the epidemic of suicides of India’s cotton farmers. Now Monsanto’s GM maize, NK603 glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, along with two other genetically modified corn, MON810; MON863, are being linked to organ failure, according to a study conducted by The International Journal of Biological Sciences .
GM corn-fed rats were compared to several control groups of non GM corn-fed rats, and over a period of time it was revealed that the effects that were linked with GM maize consumption were mostly concentrated to both the kidney and liver organs. The major concern is that these three commercialized GM maize are currently present in the food and in feed around the world. Monsanto quickly responded to the study results stating that it had conducted its own 90-day study, and had come to the conclusion the corn was definitely safe for human consumption. Chronic problems, however, are rarely found after just 90 days of study.
Monsanto and the Honey Bee Scandal
The alarming history of the decline of the bee population, also known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), dates back to 2002 when a particular bee virus had been identified. On going research has found that honey bees were ingesting pesticides that are now a part of the DNA structure of the plants the bees were pollinating. The difference now is that in the past, pesticides were sprayed onto the body of the plant, which often left the pollen and the bees unaffected. Now, the pollen carries the same DNA as the rest of the genetically modified plant, contaminating the food supply that the bees depend on. Tests that are being done on bees that have be exposed to Monsanto’s genetically modified MON810 corn are showing that once ingested, the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) binds to the gut receptors within the bee which stops the bees from eating. These bees then become weaker and are unable to produce enough honey to sustain their colonies. For more information on the declining of the bee population, see Reuters article .
Same Health Ailments Plaguing Humans are Plaguing Animals
Is it surprising that the same chronic disorders such as digestive disorders, infertility, weak immune systems, depression, and damaged organs are becoming more and more prevalent among the animal population as it is with us humans? More farmers are speaking up when it comes to the effects GM corn and soy feed are having on the health of their livestock. One Danish pig farmer was alarmed after seeing devastating effects to his pig herd after feeding them genetically modified soy. Immediately he began noticing his pigs having spontaneous abortions, deformities, and intestinal issues.
According to an interview, Dr. Huber , a former professor at Purdue University and expert in the field of science relating to the toxicity of genetically engineered foods, discussed the horrific discovery of an organism found in GMOs that is clearly linked to miscarriage and infertility in cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and chickens. The active ingredient that was found in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, glyphosate, was also found to be the contributor of a new phenomenon among the animals, referred to as “Sudden Death Syndrome” (SDS). This glyphosate chemical is known to be the most abused toxin in the history of man, and we (humans) should definitely be concerned. To read more on the latest in Monsanto news, visit organicconsumers.org .