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A study conducted at University of Caen in France finds that rats fed Monsanto’s genetically modified corn suffered from tumors and severe liver and kidney damage. Rats fed corn from NK603, a seed variety that is tolerant to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, died earlier than rats fed a standard diet. Tom Sanders, head of the nutritional sciences research division at King’s College in London remarked the study did not provide data on the amounts of food fed to the rats and what their growth rates were.
GMOs are highly unpopular in Europe and are a debated topic in the United States. In California, the 2012 ballot measure Proposition 37 seeks to mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods. The results of this study could create further opposition to GMOs.
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