Monsanto is an agricultural company that claims to apply innovation and technology to help farmers produce healthier foods, better animal feeds, and more fiber while also reducing agriculture's impact on our environment, but earlier this month The Huffington Post featured an article about a study conducted by the International Journal of Biological Studies (IJBS) which concluded that Monsanto's genetically modified corn is linked to organ damage in rats.
IJBS’ study presented data that strongly suggests these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity that can cause rapid kidney deterioration. As pointed out in the study: “These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown."
The corn was approved for consumption in the U.S. and in Europe after a 90-day study made by Monsanto, who responded to the study, stating that the research is "based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings for these products." The IJBS study's author Gilles-Eric Séralini responded to the Monsanto statement 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."
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