As expected, the most recent study linking GE corn to cancer in rates has stirred up a storm from the right wing media. There are usually two strategies that the right wing media tries. The first is to query the methodology of the study (forgetting in this case that it was published in the same peer reviewed journal as Monsantos original study – on which approval of the corn variety was based). If questioning the methodology doesnt work, the next strategy is questioning the integrity of the scientists. In the case of the Seralini study, what is interesting is the virulent nature of the comments coming in, such as opinion piece in the National Post yesterday (which I am not going to post here but you can find for yourselves). Biotech seems to be on the run in this case! But what is clear from the Seralini study is that we dont know if GE crops are safe or not, and if theres any doubt, they shouldnt be on the market.
The piece below, signed by a number of scientists, details the history of attacks on scientists who have carried out independent research on GE crops.
Seralini and Science: an Open Letter
Posted By jrlatham On October 2, 2012 @ 12:19 am In Biotechnology,Commentaries,Health Independent Science News http://independentsciencenews.org/health/seralini-and-science-nk603-rat-study-roundup/print/
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A new paper by the French group of Gilles-Eric Seralini describes harmful effects on rats fed diets containing genetically modified maize (variety NK603), with and without the herbicide Roundup, as well as Roundup alone. This peer-reviewed study (Seralini et al., 2012 ), has been criticized by some scientists whose views have been widely reported in the popular press (Carmen, 2012; Mestel, 2012; Revkin, 2012; Worstall, 2012). Seralini et al. (2012) extends the work of other studies demonstrating toxicity and/or endocrine-based impacts of Roundup (Gaivão et al., 2012; Kelly et al., 2010; Paganelli et al., 2010; Romano et al., 2012), as reviewed by Antoniou et al. (2010). Continue reading