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Transgene from GM Corn Detected in Soil Animals

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Scientists in Canada have found evidence of the transgene present in genetically modified Roundup Ready corn in various soil-dwelling animals, pointing to "serious implications for environmental health and human safety."

The transgene, which makes the corn resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, has presented in four different animal types: macroarthropods and nematodes, and microarthropods and earthworms living in a field of Roundup Ready corn. About 81% of nematodes tested positive for the transgene, and more than a third of microarthropods.

"Whether the presence of transgenes in the soil food web presents a risk for soil animals is not known," wrote the scientists. This statement suggests that despite the widespread use of GMOs for years, the environmental effects remain unknown. The bad news? This evidence of concentrations of transgenic DNA in animals indicates that the transgene does not significantly degrade within the food web. The guts of these animals could allow genetic transformation into native soil bacteria, which could ultimately move into plants and pose risks to human health. (SOURCE: Ecological Farming Association )

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