(Reuters) - Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional feed, according to a new study by a team of Australian scientists and U.S. researchers.
The study, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, looks at so-called Bt corn and cotton -- plants modified to exude Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium toxic to insects. U.S. and French researchers analyzed a total of 77 studies of 13 major pests covering eight countries on five continents. Five species were considered resistant by 2011, compared with only one in 2005, the study found.
Brazilian news reported last week that GM maize fields are being destroyed by the pest the crop was designed to resist, the Fall army worm. Farmers have reported that in the Federal District around the nation’s capital Brasília, and the state of Paraná, growing resistance in pests to the crop’s toxins is making GM-technology redundant.
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