Monsanto Roundup weedkiller is one of the most widely used biocides in the world, used to control weeds and other crop destroyers. However, the genetically modified Monsanto NK603 maize is designed so that the biocide does not come to life while killing most other plants.
A two-year study in rodents showed that rodents fed genetically modified corn and given water with the added biocide Roundup weedkiller lived significantly less time than rodents that ate normal food and drank water. which would be contaminated with the herbicide. The numbers are telling and cruel. In the group that ate genetically modified Monsanto corn and drank water contaminated with Monsanto herbicide, 50 percent of male and 70 percent of female rodents died prematurely, while the proportion of premature deaths in the control group was 30 and 20 percent. More importantly, however, the researchers note that the biocide Roundup weedkiller and genetically modified maize NK603 cause similar organ damage, regardless of whether the rodents ate both together, or just one or the other.
Genetically modified maize NK603 has been approved by the US authorities for human consumption after a 90-day animal trial. French research, on the other hand, reveals that tumors and liver and kidney damage only start happening after four months. The American research, which was the basis for the decision on the approval of genetically modified maize NK603, could not detect any health risks. Intentionally or not, of course, is another question.
What does all this mean for people? Probably nothing good. Nearly 85 percent of corn grown in the United States is genetically modified. Monsanto is one of the world’s largest suppliers of genetically modified seeds. Not eating corn does not help, as it is used in many food products – from snacks and other pre-prepared foods, to cooking oil and alcoholic beverages.