Thursday, September 20, 2012

First it was arsenic in rice; now, scientists have linked genetically-engineered corn to rat cancer; Bon appetit!

French rats fed Monsanto's genetically engineered 'Roundup-
Ready' NK603 — a seed variety made tolerant to Monsanto's
Roundup weedkiller — died early: 50% of male and 70% of
female rats died prematurely, compared with only 30% and
20% in the control group, said the researchers.
Wednesday, France's government asked its National Agency for Health Safety (ANSES) to investigate findings by scientists led by Gilles-Eric Seralini at the University of Caen in Normandy which linked early rat mortality to having been fed Monsanto NK603 genetically-engineered corn or having been exposed to its companion insecticide, Roundup.
     Another Monsanto-genetically modified corn, "MON 810," will soon be sold in 4,000 Walmarts across the country. MON 810 has been genetically modified to include insecticides right inside the corn. Walmart will not label the corn as genetically modified.
     Monsanto is spending millions in California to defeat Prop. 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods.
     Monsanto Director of Corporate Communications Phil Angel: ''Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job.'' — New York Times

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