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There is growing evidence of health hazards associated with genetically modified (GM) food and feed, which ISIS has reviewed extensively over the years. Health hazards linked to Bt toxins include organ damage in lab animals, diarrhea, increased water consumption, decrease in liver weight, damage and death of human kidney cells in culture, allergies in humans, changes in blood chemistry, and mass deaths of sheep grazing on Bt crops residues:
Now Monsanto is introducing GM Bt corn for direct human consumption.
The organisation SumOfUs has generated a petition calling on Walmart not to sell Bt corn in their shops. Please sign on! Their statement is reproduced below.
This is where the war to protect our food supply begins. In just a few weeks, farmers will begin planting Monsanto’s largest genetically modified corn crop in history marketed directly to consumers. This is not just any corn – it is genetically engineered to include Bt toxin, a pesticide that ruptures the stomach of the insects that eat it.
Monsanto has never tested its Bt corn on humans, yet it insists it is safe. But rats who ate Bt potatoes suffered intestinal damage, and thousands of livestock who grazed on Bt cotton plants got sick and died. Monsanto claims that Bt toxin breaks down in our digestive systems – but it has been detected in the blood of pregnant women and unborn babies.
Monsanto’s sweet corn could be on dinner plates soon – sold unmarked, unlabelled, and untested on humans. Monsanto’s first foray into the selling this potentially toxic GM corn straight to consumers is in the US. But if it succeeds, they won’t stop there – they’re already started growing cotton, eggplant and potatoes with the same toxin.