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Experimental GMO Drug-Making Crops Grown with Little Oversight

GM Corn Used in Experiments

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  • GM "pharmaceutical" corn that is being used in an experimental trial for hepatitis B vaccine is being grown in an environmentally sensitive area along California’s central coast, just 100 feet from a critical habitat for threatened wildlife species
  • The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which is tasked with overseeing GMO trials, takes a decidedly "industry-friendly" approach
  • APHIS has allowed Applied Biotechnology to continue with GM field trials despite violations and even though its founder had previously founded another biotech company that has been banned from GMO trials because of prior contaminations
  • Monsanto alone, which conducted about one-quarter of the field trials in the US, has received 35 notices of non-compliance from 2010 to 2013
  • Scotts is even testing GM grass seed in the family lawns of its employees

By Dr. Mercola

From a regulatory perspective, GM crops are considered to be "substantially equivalent" to their non-GM counterparts. This means, that they are essentially the same, with no meaningful differences for your health or the environment.

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