Certainly varieties of genetically modified maize developed by Monsanto can harm the liver and kidneys of human beings, this was stated by the renowned Greenpeace which works towards the welfare of the earth planet. The company was well aware about it but it tried to hide the facts in its own publication. In order to bring out the truth, Greenpeace fought a court case in order to get hold of the data and got it analyzed by a team of experts to bring out the truth. The GM maize in question is MON863 which has received an authorization for markets in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, China and U.S but now the situation looks a lot dreary. Independent studies found out that this GM maize exhibited toxicity in liver and kidney and was certainly harmful. It seems that Monsanto would have a tough time trying to defend itself on the issue of this variety of maize.
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Even the Right to information act or RTI could not help Greenpeace in India. RTI activists tried using this right for getting information on the safety tests of GM crops but their request was rejected on the plea that disclosure of the information could harm the competitive position of the company developing these crops. Information was sought on the field trial locations and allergenicity and toxicity data related to the rice, brinjal and other crops being tested. Though information on location was revealed but access to other set of information was denied. Greenpeace and other farmer organizations are not satisfied with the manner in which the trials are being conducted and they fear that gross violations have been conducted while conducting the tests. On the other hand GEAC states that field trials were being conducted keeping in view all the biosafety and regulatory norms in mind but it seems that there is something fishy since the government is hiding certain results on pretext of safety. The government should come up with a clear picture or it might become difficult to make the people accept GM crops. Via hindu