Millions of people across the world have vowed to take on Monsanto on May 25th this month, it has been revealed.

Protesters from over 286 countries are set to join the global rally against the food giant which was once dubbed as the “most evil corporation” on the planet by health campaigners.

Monsanto is infamous for producing genetically engineered food and preventing farmers from being able to grow their own crops in some parts of the world, by buying up all the seed patents.

Recently, the company was at the centre of a scandal after causing outrage among US citizens following the passing of legislation that effectively made the company exempt from any lawsuits over the safety of their food.

Section 735 was dubbed by critics as ‘the Monsanto protection Act’ and states that federal courts will no longer have the authority to stop the sale and propagation of genetically modified seeds and crops even if concerns about health risks arise during safety tests.

Earlier this year, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine warned about the dangers of genetically modified foods and said: “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation.”

Previous studies carried out on rats revealed that female rats fed a diet of GM soy experienced a drastically higher infant death rate, and their surviving infants were smaller and less fertile than the offspring of rats fed on a non-GM soy diet. Male rats fed the GM soy had their testicles change from pink to blue, and the GM soy was also observed to damage the DNA of sperm and embryos.

A separate French study showed that rats which were fed a lifelong diet of one of the bestselling strains of genetically modified corn suffered tumours and multiple organ damage.

The research was carried out by Caen University in France and has been peer reviewed by independent scientists to guarantee the experiments were properly conducted and the results are valid.

Dr Michael Antoniou, a molecular biologist at King’s College, London, and an expert on GM foods, said: “It shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more aggressively – particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts.”

The march against Monsanto is taking place in hundreds of countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, India, Greece, Portugal, Australia, England, Finland, Belgium, France, and Germany to name but a few. The vast majority of the marches however are taking place in cities across North America, which is where the company originated from.

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