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Pat Thomas – Lab rats used in safety studies eat feeds laced with pesticides, herbicides and GMOs

A new scientific study has found that laboratory rats used in health and toxicity studies are routinely given feeds contaminated with herbicides, pesticides and GMOs, writes Pat Thomas, potentially invalidating the results of crucial safety tests on GMOs, agrochemicals, medical drugs and other substances, on which health and environmental regulators base critical decisions.

The scientists tested 13 samples of proprietary feed. All contained significant amounts of pesticides and other contaminants. Traces of glyphosate were detected in 9 of the 13 diets, and 11 of the 13 diets contained ‘Roundup Ready’ GMOs.

In the face of uncertainty we often look to science to help us make sense of things.

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