Is Genetically Modified Corn Safe? New Study May Shine Some Light
Last week Russian authorities placed a temporary ban on imports of a genetically modified (GM) maize produced by Monsanto as a result of a controversial new cancer study. Russia’s institute of Nutrition is currently reviewing the study to see whether further action needs to be taken, causing a large scale debate, according to Food Navigator.
The study found that rats fed Monsanto’s GMO NK603 over a two year period were more likely to develop certain types of cancer than those that were fed the non GM variety.
“Until we receive the full information in this case, the import and sale of genetically modified NK603 corn is being temporarily suspended,” the Russian agency said in a statement posted on its website.
Monsanto played down the statement: “Russia is a net exporter of grain, so the actual impact of their temporary suspension, if any, is likely to be small,” a Monsanto spokesman said in a statement, claiming that the safety of NK603 corn was “well established,” as seen on The New American.
What did the study say and should consumers be worried?