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The Serallini – GMO Monsanto Study Controversy, the Devil's in the Details
by Paul Fassa
(The Best Years in Life) While the mainstream media (MSM) reports only highlights of the Gilles Eric Seralini opera surrounding his study, little is known of the details of the study and others from that same group of researchers. The critics barked with false general comments claiming the study was faulty or even fraudulent without explaining why accurately.
These inaccurate statements are taken by the MSM and regurgitated without any attempts at parsing what really went down from the researchers and the many independent scientists who've sided with their work. But then again, those scientists don't represent industries that pay for a lot of media advertising, right?
Here then, is an honest effort at clarifying some of the vital details of this whole controversy to clarify what's been confusing to many, especially after the journal where the study was published recently rejected it.
The Seralini team at the University of Caen Institute of Biology in France has been researching pesticide and herbicide potential toxic effects on mammal life for a few years. Though his name appears as a team member in many of their papers, Seralini is not always the lead author.
The most recent study, with Seralini as lead author, displayed rats with huge tumors that created the huge flap. But it was a rich, thick icing on the cake, not the whole cake.
Unpublicized Glyphosate Study Led to the Highly Publicized Rat Study
A little earlier, the Caen Institute of Biology had published a paper titled “Ethoxylated adjuvants of glyphosate based herbicides are active principles of human cell toxicity.” Using high tech spectrometry, the researchers broke down several glyphosate based pesticides, including Roundup, and determined that one of the “inert” adjuvants, tagged POE-15, was even more toxic than glyphosate alone.
You see, all the regulatory (EPA, USDA, FDA) agencies test samples of only the active ingredient glyphosate. The agencies' agreement to not violate corporate “trade secrets” supersedes public safety, allowing the manufacturers to keep their list of stews secret. So the Caen team with Seralini, this time with Mesnage as the lead author, concluded that regulatory and industry safety tests on glyphosate alone are worthless.
The research paper recommends complete glyphosate products should be tested in vivo (on mammals) with long term studies to predict their human dangers. This led to the controversial Seralini test involving rats. And I suspect it unnerved the biotech industry that a research group dared succeed with a chemical analysis revealing their secret toxic stews that regulatory agencies dare not touch.
The Rat Study that Brought Out the GMO Rats
The final published paper was called "Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize" by Séralini et al. It was not a carcinogenic test, it was an overall toxicity test. The rats were fed Roundup Ready corn (GM NK603) and small amounts of diluted Roundup well within the per kilogram body weight limits of glyphosate safety prescribed by regulatory agents.
The rats were of the Sprague-Dawley strain. Their life spans range from 24 to 36 months. Thus, a two year study would be comparable to the life of an average human. Around 30% of Sprague-Dawley rats develop tumors spontaneously, representing the estimated cancer rate of humans.
The rats started developing tumors at the four to seven month stage, with treated rats having more tumors with higher morbidity than control rats. Monsanto used the same type of rats for only 90 days to get their approval for Roundup and Roundup Ready corn.
Repeat: Monsanto used the same type of rats for only 90 days to get GM NK603 and Roundup herbicide use (glyphosate active ingredient with toxic inert adjuvants) for EU approval! Some argue the number of rats differed. Well, Monsanto used 20 rats for each section of their 90 day trial. BUT – they only took blood and urine samples from 10. Seralini use 10 rats for each section, BUT – he took serum and urine samples from all 10. So effectively, there was no difference with the number of rats tested.
The groundswell of criticisms on Seralini's study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) came almost completely from scientists worldwide currently connected or previously connected to the biotech GMO industry. Some had direct access to mainstream publications. An accusation of fraud was published in Forbes Magazine.
Most of the critics did not reveal their GMO connections, making their criticisms seem independent. So the pressure peaked for the Seralini paper to be dropped from the journal. Now enters Goodman. The decision to retract Seralini's paper from the journal followed FCT’s appointment of Richard E. Goodman to the newly created post of associate editor for biotechnology.
Goodman was a former Monsanto scientist and is a current affiliate with the GMO industry funded International Life Sciences Institute. The FCT tried to save face by admitting Seralini's study wasn't false or inaccurate, but “inconclusive”. Most published studies are just that, inconclusive, recommending further study.
Also after Goodman's arrival, a Brazilian long term study, proving Monsanto's Bt corn insecticide gene was not neutralized in mammalian stomachs as Monsanto had claimed, was also removed from the FCT journal. This removal was without any bogus explanation. It hadn't made waves publicly. But it was quickly published in another journal.
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