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The Food and Farming Transition

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.13}: {bshmr} Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:39:00 CST (26 lines)

Corn diet is turning French hamsters into erratic cannibals –
research Published time: 28 Jan, 2017 04:28 Edited time: 28 Jan, 2017
14:35

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The corn-eating hamsters also had large, swollen tongues and blood so
thick it was difficult for scientists to test. They behaved
differently too, running in circles and “climbing and pounding” their
feeders.

“Improperly cooked maize-based diets have been associated with higher
rates of homicide, suicide and cannibalism in humans,” the scientists
added.

The reason the hamsters were acting so strangely was due to a Vitamin
B3 deficiency as a result of their corn-heavy diet. When hamsters were
given the added Vitamin B3 with the corn diet, the hamsters didn’t eat
their children, and didn’t experience the other disturbing effects.

“Knowing that these species already face many threats, and that most
of them are in danger of extinction, it is urgent to restore a diverse
range of plants in agriculture schemes,” the researchers said.

"https://www.rt.com/news/375370-corn-hamsters-cannibals-france/?
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