VA Shiva Ayyadurai, an Indian-American scientist has challenged Monsanto, one of the world's largest producers of genetically modified seeds, to disprove his research on the harmful effects of GMO soy.
The systems biologist has offered to sign over his $10 million building in Cambridge, MA, if Monsanto can debunk his research which claims that genetically modified soy accumulates formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and also disrupts natural plant metabolism, reported The Free Thought Project.
"If this is what it takes to bring the truth to the American people, then I am more than willing to do it," Ayyadurai said in a press release.
In a peer-review study published in Agricultural Sciences in July, Ayyadurai, who is an MIT graduate, has stated, "The results demand immediate testing along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It's unbelievable such standards for testing do not already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science deliver such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs."
"This is not a pro- or anti-GMO question. But, are we following the scientific method to ensure the safety of our food supply? Right now, the answer is 'no'. We need to, and we can if we engage in open, transparent and collaborative scientific discourse, based on a systems approach," he further said.
TapInto quoted him as saying, "If Monsanto can disprove the fact that there are no safety assessment standards for GMOs, the conclusion of our fourth paper, then I will give them my $10 million building.”
Born in Bombay, Ayyadurai had moved to the US with his family in 1970.
A controversial figure, Ayyadurai says he is the inventor of email, a claim that has been strongly contested.
He has however defended his position and in an interview to YourStory had said, "If an Indian does great software coding, outsourcing or is the chairman of Microsoft, then that’s cool. But an Indian cannot be an innovator. I am labelled a fraud. Wikipedia calls me a scoundrel, a conman and a liar."