Lessons learned from the Séralini affair

| | January 7, 2014
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Last year a group of French scientists led by Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini reported in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology that genetically modified corn causes cancer in mammalian species. The media publicized the findings worldwide. Understandably, consumers were alarmed at the thought that eating corn could kill them.

Within weeks of the publication, however, several hundred letters critical of the quality of the research were sent to the journal, especially since the conclusions were of such potential importance. Regulatory agencies in several countries including Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, as well as the European Food Safety Authority, stated that the research was of insufficient scientific quality to be considered valid.

In the wake of this study and it being widely discredited, some consumers will need re-educating and convincing about the safety of GMOS, since there is a push for GM labeling in several jurisdictions. The whole topic of biotechnology in modern food production raises one important question: Where does the ordinary consumer go to find unbiased and truthful answers to questions about food quality and safety? That is not an easy question to answer.

Read the full, original article: Public needs to be re-educated that GM Foods are safe

 

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