French Study Says Monsanto Corn Causes Tumors

Setting off another firestorm in the debate over genetically engineered foods, a team of French scientists unveiled a study Wednesday finding that rats fed Monsanto Co.’s transgenic corn or its blockbuster herbicide, Roundup, had higher rates of tumors and premature death.

The controversial study immediately drew skepticism from researchers in the scientific community and repudiations from the biotechnology industry, which pointed to other studies showing that genetically modified food ingredients are as safe as their conventional counterparts.

The study looked at more than 200 rats over two years – the average lifetime of the animal – and observed how they responded when fed various quantities of Monsanto’s NK603 corn and water containing Roundup, in a standard diet.

Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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