Podcast: Agricultural researcher Cami Ryan discusses Séralini controversy

Dr. Cami Ryan, researcher with the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan and prominent supporter of biotechnology, speaks with radio show host Rob Breakenridge about the controversial paper by French scientist Gilles-Éric Séralini. The paper, which allegedly showed that GMOs cause tumor growth in rats, was recently retracted by the journal Food and Chemistry Toxicology.

With all of its methodological inaccuracies, Ryan says, the paper should never have been published. But it has been used by anti-GMO activists for over a year, and despite the retraction, the damage has been done. “The media is very good at printing a ‘there is a wolf’ story,” Ryan says, “but often times, a ‘there is no wolf’ story doesn’t get as much attention.”

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Ryan speculates that Seralini may use the retraction “to further his PR campaigns.”

“This is not how good science operates,” she says, “[good science doesn’t] have PR campaigns.”

Listen to the interview here: Rob Breakenridge Show: Dr. Cami Ryan

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