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It looks as if the world may be finally waking up to the menace of Monsanto. Listed as an “agricultural company”, to me, this innocuous title merely masks the true nature of what I and many others view as an evil corporate poison maker.
It is an opinion shared by many that we have Monsanto to thank for the arguably carcinogenic additive Aspartame, the hidden dominion of GM crops, Napalm and Agent Orange, among others. Yet, their grip over the food chain seems to get tighter all the time.
Accounts of the dangers of GMO and the global health pandemic have been frequently aired on such sites as the David Icke Forum, and they make scary reading.
Russia leads the way against GM corn
Until last week – when reports emerged that the Russian consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor had suspended all imports of Monsanto’s genetically modified product NK603 corn, following a hard-hitting French study which found a possible link between the GM corn and cancer.
The suspension will remain in place until Russia’s Institute of Nutrition fully investigates the study, by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen. It has also been reported that health officials in other countries have taken the study seriously and are carrying out their own investigations – Rospotrebnadzor has asked the EU for input as well, since the European Food Safety Authority is set to analyse the research.
The French study that put the rat among the pigeons
The two-year University of Caen study, published in The Food & Chemical Toxicology Journal, found increased incidences of malignant tumours in rats that had been fed NK603 corn. It also found that both the corn and the herbicide Roundup, which it is engineered to be resistant, were linked to shortened lifespans and organ failure – among other issues.
Naturally, Monsanto has been quick to try to smear the study, insisting that it uses incomplete data and “doesn’t meet minimum acceptable standards for this type of scientific research.”
The GMO tide turning?
It looks as if even Monsanto’s corporate rebuttal unit may be unable to put the jack back in the box now, however. As well as the Russian suspension, French authorities are demanding an emergency review and even a possible EU ban on Monsanto seeds and herbicides.
Of course, Monsanto has many lawmakers and even governments in its pockets, so even if the tide is turning, it may take a very long time.
Submitted by: Jessica Oiler on behalf of Alex Hunt
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