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Zambia Rejects GM Corn on Scientists' Advice

Science  08 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5596, pp. 1153-1154
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5596.1153a

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- The government of Zambia last week rejected thousands of tons of corn donated by the United States because it is likely to contain genetically modified (GM) kernels, leaving an estimated 2.9 million people at risk of starvation. A delegation of Zambian scientists and economists had urged the government to reject the corn on the basis of the "precautionary principle" because studies of the health risks of GM foods "are inconclusive."

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