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Cyanide-producing GM grass linked to Texas cattle deaths

Peristaltic (650487) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Peristaltic (650487) writes "Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are trying to determine if an unexpected mutation in a popular GM grass, Tifton 85, is responsible for the sudden deaths of a small herd of cattle in Elgin, Texas three weeks ago. The grass has been used for grazing since 1992 without incident, however after a severe drought last year in Texas, the grass started producing cyanide in sufficient quantities to kill a small herd of cattle in Elgin, Texas. Testing has found the cyanide-producing grass in nearby fields as well.

This latest incident once again highlights the debate regarding the benefits vs. the risks of using gmo in agriculture"

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