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Eastern Eye Staff
A RANGE of food crops which are struggling to cope with extreme weather are generating chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who eat them, scientists have warned. Crops such as wheat and maize are creating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said. But these compounds are harmful to people and animals if consumed for a prolonged period of time, according to the report. “Crops are responding to drought conditions and increases in temperature just like humans do when faced…
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