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Rats fed a lifetime diet regime of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or exposed to its best-selling weedkiller Roundup suffered tumours and a number of organ harm, according to a French study published on Wednesday.
Even though the lead researcher’s past record as a critic of the sector could make other specialists wary of drawing hasty conclusions, the finding will stoke controversy about the safety of GM crops.
In an unusual move, the study group did not enable reporters to seek outdoors comment on their paper prior to its publication in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology and presentation at a news conference in London.
Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said rats fed on a diet regime containing NK603 – a seed variety produced tolerant to dousings of Roundup – or offered water containing Roundup at levels permitted in the United States died earlier than those on a normal diet plan.
The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumours, as well as severe liver and kidney damage.
The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.