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Some 90 percent of the wheat grown in the world today is susceptible to a new form of wheat rust, a crop-killing virus dubbed the “polio of agriculture.”
Ravi Singh, a wheat breeding expert at the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, and colleagues from Africa and the U.S. Department of Agriculture report this week on new varieties of wheat under development that have resistance to several rusts of wheat, including UG99.
It’s also significant, the scientists note, that some of the new varieties of wheat yield 10 to 15 percent more than current wheat cultivars
In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.
According to the study, which was summarized by Rady Ananda at Food Freedom, "Three varieties of Monsanto's GM corn - Mon 863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603 - were approved for consumption by US, European and several other national food safety authorities."