On Sept. 26, Russia suspended the import and use of Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn, following a study released last week that found serious health problems in rats fed this corn, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Last week, the French government called for an investigation into GMOs and said it would seek an immediate ban on European Union imports if the findings indicate a detrimental impact on humans. The French agriculture minister has asked European authorities to abandon the use of GMO crops.
“Across the world, there are heightening concerns about the health risks of eating genetically engineered foods,” said Proposition 37 Campaign Manager Gary Ruskin. “There is a giant question mark hanging over these foods and their health risks. For those of us in California, the case for labeling of genetically engineered foods has never been stronger.”
The long-term rat study conducted by Gilles-Eric Seralini and published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology looked at the most common type of genetically engineered corn in the American diet in combination with the commonly used herbicide Roundup. The study found serious health problems in the treated rats including mammary tumors, liver and kidney problems and premature death.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not reacted to the study.
California voters will decide this fall whether to require labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in the state—a requirement already in place in 50 other countries.
Monsanto has supported GMO labeling in Europe but is spending millions to defeat it in California.