In a bold and encouraging move on
Tuesday, Russian authorities suspended the import of Monsanto's
genetically-modified corn over cancer fears spurred by an alarming long-term
animal feeding study performed by French researchers at the University of
Caen and published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology this
The Russia's consumer-rights regulator Rospotrebnadzor
asked scientists at the country's Institute of Nutrition to review the study.
The watchdog has also contacted to European Commission's Directorate General for
Health & Consumers to explain the EU's position on GM corn.
temporary suspension will immediately affect American imports of corn. The
government of France has already embarked upon investigation as to the safety
issues surrounding its use, and actions of this sort could soon be followed by
Previous feeding studies on both GM corn
and glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide
Roundup, involved feeding the rats for no longer than 90 days, and were
conducted exclusively by biotech corporations with a vested interest in finding
safe results. The new French study was conducted on rats for two years, the
equivalent of a human lifespan, and resulted in dramatically shortened life
spans due to organ damage and failure, as well as massive tumors, most
tumors in female rats...