Oh, the fun just never stops! First, this just in from China–overuse of a growth chemical called forchlorfenuron causes watermelons to explode in the fields. Which is a bummer for the farmers, but also brings up a larger question: if they're applying too much of this stuff, and using it at the wrong time, what else are they applying too much of?
And another story not getting nearly enough attention: You know that Bt toxin engineered into GMO corn? The one that's not supposed to bother humans because it gets killed off in our digestive tracts?
Guess what? Not so much. A new study coming out in the journal Reproductive Toxicology found that–whoa! Of 39 pregnant and 30 non-pregnant women tested, most of them had the toxin in their bloodstream, as did their fetuses. Read all about it here.
But that's probably okay, right? So what if the toxin's in the bloodstream? Who's to say it's doing any harm? Maybe it's just–you know–hanging out, minding its own business…
Uh–enjoy your lunch, everybody.Posted by Amy Stewart on May 18, 2011 at 11:20 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.