Farmers report livestock sterility and deaths

From the latest issue of Spilling the Beans Newsletter:

About two dozen farmers reported that thousands of their pigs had reproductive problems when fed certain varieties of Bt corn. Pigs were sterile, had false pregnancies, or gave birth to bags of water. Some cows and bulls also became sterile. Bt corn was also implicated by farmers in the deaths of cows, horses, water buffaloes, and chickens.

When Indian shepherds let their sheep graze continuously on Bt cotton plants, within 5-7 days, one out of four sheep died. There was an estimated 10,000 sheep deaths in the region in 2006, with more reported in 2007. Post mortems on the sheep showed severe irritation and black patches in both intestines and liver (as well as enlarged bile ducts). Investigators said preliminary evidence “strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin. . . . most probably Bt-toxin.”

Pretty scary stuff.

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2 Responses to Farmers report livestock sterility and deaths

  1. farm mom says:

    Wow! Now that is scary, but not really unexpected is it?

  2. HH says:

    No, not unexpected. Gross comes to mind.

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