Saturday, September 22, 2012

Is GMO Corn Killing Me?

A recent French study suggests that eating genetically modified corn will produce an increase tumors in mammals.  The study, published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal, details the findings of French researchers after feeding Genetically Modified (GMO) corn (maize) and the herbicide Roundup to rats for two years.  Rats were divided in various groups, some were fed GMO corn at different levels, some were fed GMO corn and given doses of Roundup, some were only given Roundup, and few were left in the control group.  Gilles-Eric Séralini, one of the researches from the University of Caen in France, said:  “The results were really alarming”:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Aflotoxin Poses Risk to Crop Insurance Recovery

There have been a number of reports in recent days about elevated aflotoxin levels in harvested corn. Such corn can be rejected by the local elevator and is also unfit for livestock consumption. All is not lost, however, if the crop is covered by crop insurance. Hoosier Ag Today recently reported that the presence of aflotoxin in this year's crop has created a number insurance issues for farmers.