Popularly Consumed Genetically-Modified Seeds Found to Cause Tumors and Death in Rats
Monsanto, a leading maker of herbicides marketed under the Roundup brand, is receiving a great deal of criticism for producing genetically-modified seeds that cause tumors in rats that eat them. This has caused serious concern for Americans who consume products that have been exposed to the company’s products. According to Reuters:
Rats fed a lifetime diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller Roundup suffered tumours and multiple organ damage, according to a French study published on Wednesday.
Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said rats fed on a diet containing NK603 – a seed variety made tolerant to dousings of Roundup – or given water containing Roundup at levels permitted in the United States died earlier than those on a standard diet.
Researchers in the study said that 50 percent of the males and 70 percent of the females died prematurely, compared to 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group. The company says that the findings are unsubstantiated and outside researchers have not had the chance to review the evidence. But the study is sounding the alarm for people around the world who feel that the seeds should be given additional testing before being released to the public. The genetically-modified seeds are designed to withstand being doused by Roundup herbicides.
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