Graduate students yesterday submitted a petition bearing more than 57,000 signatures to Iowa State University while AGRA Watch members delivered the same petition to the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation demanding that the university and Foundation halt feeding trials involving women as part of a study of genetically engineered bananas enriched with beta carotene. The study funded by the Foundation seeks to test whether the GE bananas’ beta carotene is absorbed and converted to Vitamin A in the body. Women ages 18 to 40 were invited to take part with the promise of receiving $900 if they ate the GE bananas. The study is one of the first human feeding trials of a GE food without prior animal testing.
Students protest GMO banana feeding trial
February 16, 2016 in Genetic Engineering
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