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BREAKING: Massive Tumors in Rats Fed GMO Corn in First Ever Long-Term Study

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Oakland: Genetically engineered corn was linked to mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage and other serious illnesses in the first ever peer-reviewed, long-term animal study of these foods. The findings were published today in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Read the study here

 While numerous 90-day studies have already linked GMO foods to allergies and other health problems, today's publication marks the first-ever long term animal study on the health effects of genetically engineered foods, and comes as California voters consider the Proposition 37 Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods.

  ;In response to this study, Yes on Proposition 37 California Right to Know Campaign Manager Gary Ruskin released the following statement:

"The results of this study are worrying.  They underscore the importance of giving California families the right to know whether our food is genetically engineered, and to decide for ourselves whether we want to gamble with our health by eating GMO foods that have not been adequately studied and have not been proven safe. By requiring simple labels on genetically engineered foods, Proposition 37 gives Californians the ability to choose whether to expose ourselves and our families to any potential health risks.  The right to know is fundamental, and that's why 50 countries around the world have already enacted labeling requirements for genetically engineered food."

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 Numerous short-term peer-reviewed animal studies link GMOs to adverse health effects including allergies and liver and kidney problems. Today's study is the first long-term animal feeding study that is publicly available. Why is this the first long-term feeding study of GMOs that have been on the American market for nearly 20 years? See this important editorial by the editors of Scientific American about how the biotech companies are allowed to control and suppress research, due to the patents they hold. Scientific American editorial.

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