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Scientist Attacked for Proving GMO Dangers Wins Defamation Suit in French Court

The group of scientists who exposed Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup as causing tumours, and eventually death in lab rats have been met with a huge backlash from the media.

It was Professor Giles-Eric Seralini and his research team at the University of Caan in France who provided the world with the pictures of the tumour-ridden mice that had been fed with corn saturated with the pesticide, but pro-GMO factions have attacked the scientists.

The study was originally intended to look at the long term effects of eating corn that had been treated with Roundup, but they quickly found that the mice developed massive tumours and died prematurely.

When the results of the study were published, along with the shocking pictures of the mice, they were met with a backlash from pro-GMO scientists and the mainstream media.

There were hundreds of scientists who were on the side of Seralini, but they were widely ignored.

An additional blow for Seralini and his team was when former Monsanto scientist Richard E. Goodman was given the newly created biotech editorial position at the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), an Elsevier publication, the very publication where Seralini’s study “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” was originally peer reviewed.

With Goodman’s influence, Seralini’s paper was  removed from the journal in 2013, a whole year after it was first published.

The editor in chief, Wallace Hayes admitted the study was not fraudulent or inaccurate, but said that it was removed because it was inconclusive.

That study has since been published in a different journal.
Seralini was attacked due to the high media impact the pictures of the rats had on the world, but they weren’t initially predicting such a reaction, they were testing the long term effects on liver and kidney health, where they did also find harmful results.

Because Professor Seralini’s study was not a full-scale carcinogenicity study, a full statistical analysis of the tumors and mortality findings was not completed, therefore definite conclusions could not be drawn. This in standard for OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) chronic toxicity protocol.

Seralini did not let his treatment by the media deter him. He created a group called CRIIGEN, the acronym for Comité de Recherche et d’Information Indépendantes sur le Génie Génétique, or Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering, and fought back. and he successfully challenged scientists which claimed they had committed “scientific fraud in which the methodology served to reinforce predetermined results”.

One scientist has been charged with forgery and the use of forgery, using a scientist’s signature to “prove” Seralini and company were wrong about their study that concluded that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn was not safe for consumption until further studies were done.

The court case also found American journalist Henry Miller via the famously pro-GMO Forbes Magazine had initiated the libelous attacks.

The moral of this story is that Monsanto and other companies with dubious reputations can be defeated if those who believe in the truth keep challenging them.


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