Many of you will have heard about the study by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues which said rats fed on a diet containing NK603 – a corn seed variety made tolerant to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller – or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet.
We have held off blogging on this to see what the media reaction would be. Most often when negative studies about GE crops come out, the methodology behind the study is criticised by biotech back scientists, and, if that doesn’t work, the reputation of the scientists are called into question. The first has been the response to this study. The North American mainstream media has also tried to ignore the study, but it has been all over the European press.
We are posting 5 blogs taken from GM watch. More will follow in the next few days.
The bottom line is we don’t know if GE crops are safe or not because of a lack of independent testing (regulatory authorities in the USA and Canada take the studies produced by biotech companies, and don’t do their own studies). And if we don’t know whether they are safe or not, they shouldn’t be planted or eaten.