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GM Corn Causes Organ Damage in Rats: Will it Cause it in You?

A study commissioned by Greenpeace, published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Technology, demonstrated that rats who were fed for 90 days on Monsanto's MON863 maize showed "signs of toxicity" in the liver and kidneys.

This marks the first time that independent research published in a peer-reviewed journal has shown toxicity stemming from a genetically modified organism (GMO) authorized for human consumption.

Greenpeace and other organizations campaigning against GMOs say that GM technology is unproven and potentially dangerous, and also that GMO crops can contaminate other crops.

MON863 is genetically modified to make it resistant to corn rootworm. It has been authorized for human consumption in the European Union since January 2006.

Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology March 14, 2007

Scientific American March 13, 2007

NutraIngredients USA.com March 19, 2007

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

After hearing this information, you might be thinking that you are not at risk, because you don't eat GM corn. Think again. At least 75 percent of the processed foods sold contain some GM ingredients, including common foods you find at the grocery store, like frozen dinners, breakfast cereals and cooking oils.

Consider further that 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is for processed foods, and that you also likely eat in restaurants. There is, in fact, a major probability this is affecting you even if you don't go out and consciously purchase GM corn.

The American court system is certainly beginning to pay more attention to the GM tidal wave, with judges demanding that the USDA conduct the proper oversight and not turn their heads when it comes to the shenanigans of agribusiness giants like Monsanto.

If you still have any doubt about the harm GM foods can do to your body, devote an hour to watching the brilliant documentary, Genetically Modified Food -- Panacea or Poison.

Some quick tips to protect your health and stay away from GM foods as much as you can:

  • Strive to use organic foods as often as you can and don't let the trend toward greenwashing fool you.
  • Read produce stickers and food labels carefully.
  • Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, processed foods from your diet.

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