Professor Giles-Eric Seralini from the University of Caan recently conducted a study on rats which proved that GMO corn from the biochemical giant Monsanto causes tumors and was even fatal for some of the rats. The professor and his team showed pictures of the rats fed with Monsanto’s genetically modified weed killer which show that the GMO corn on the American market is highly toxic and carcinogenic. Many scientists supported Seralini, but the media ignored the claims, leaving most of us confused.
Of course, Monsanto didn’t sit idle in this case. They influenced a journal which retracted Seralini’s work by appointing one of their scientists at a head editorial position in the journal where the study was published. Seralini’s work was removed a year after it was published due to “inconclusiveness”. Many scientists jumped to Seralini’s defense and recommended further studies which will probably never see the light of day.
At the same time, another study, this one from Brazil, showed that Monsanto’s weed killer doesn’t disintegrate in the digestive system of mammals. This study was also removed from the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, but was published in another journal, which led to the republication of Seralini’s work. After these controversies, FCT removed Richard Goodman (the ex-Monsanto scientist) from the Editorial Board and appointed Jose Domingo as the new editor.
Seralini strikes back!
After the work of professor Seralini and his team was republished, they weren’t really happy about it and formed a new group called CRIIGEN to fight back Monsanto. Seralini’s work was focused on the tumors, although the study wasn’t exclusively focused on the carcinogenic effects of RoundUp. The study related on chronic toxicity, and the team simply reported the results, without doing any conclusions, in line with OECD standards which require any lesions and tumors to be observed.
CRIIGEN was designed to attack, and had full support from other scientists. They fought back the claims that they are guilty of scientific fraud from one magazine, and managed to win the suit with their trusty attorneys.
After a 3-year investigation ended in 2015, the High Court of Paris, France, indicted Marc Fellous with forgery and use of forgery as he used a scientist’s signature to prove that Seralini’s work was nonsense. The final sentence should be revealed later this year. The court also found that Henry Miller, an American journalist, started the attacks via Forbes Magazine, a notorious supported of Monsanto. Henry Miller has a history working for shady organizations which give money to corrupt journalists so they can discredit studies that don’t suit them. However, in Seralini’s case, the attacks were unsuccessful, which shows that Europe is definitely more aware of the dangers of GMO products than the USA.