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|Many crops in the U.S. are now genetically modified. For example, 93 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered, as are:
86% of all corn
93% of canola
93% of cottonseed oil
Between 2008 and 2009, 95% of all sugarbeets planted were genetically engineered to be able to tolerate high doses of the pesticide Roundup
Some allege that Roundup kills healthy gut bacteria, and that genetically modified crops cause other health problems.
Many people claim that genetically modified (GM) foods increase obesity:
But is there any evidence for that claim?
One study implies that there might be.
Scientists tested GM corn at Monsanto laboratories, and found that the GMs increase body weight in rats. Specifically, a paper published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences reported in 2009: