Posted December 16, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
After posting William Engdahl’s interview about the history, development, and health risks of GMOs, he mentioned a French study, the world’s first long-term GMO study, conducted under PHD molecular biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini. What is most significant is that the study lasted much longer than Monsanto’s 90-day study which went on to be used as reliable evidence for the safety of GM products.
The Seralini study was carried out in complete privacy to avoid any undue influence from any party who may have had an interest in its results, eventually passing a peer-review from fellow scientists, and published in one of the world’s most prestigious journals. According to Mr. Engdahl’s article on the Seralini study, the peer-reviewed report was taken down from the journal, even though those who published the original found the research and writings all meeting the criteria for publication – and the criteria for taking the study’s findings down did not meet the criteria for removal of the published piece.
The piece was removed after a person closely linked to Monsanto came to hold a position at the journal where he was authorized to influence the study’s findings’ removal. So I went to find any interviews of Gilles-Eric Seralini and found the following video produced by the research/testing organization he worked with to conduct the study. Once again, the most significant negative health effects from GMO corn and Roundup were beginning to become discovered after the fourth month of the study, while Monsanto studies lasted a duration of 90 days.
GMO foods were first approved during the George H.W. Bush administration in the early 90’s, when then President Bush arranged for no longterm studies by either the Food and Drug Administration or the United States Department of Agriculture. GMOs were approved based on Monsanto’s own tests showing that GMOs were “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO foods, and that they were “no significant cause of tumors”.
Since 1992 the American people have purchased and eaten GMOs when no longterm testing had ever been conducted. Dr. Seralini’s study became published in 2011 and then the Congress passed the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act”, essentially blocking any possibility of lawsuits against Monsanto for health damages from eating GMO foods.
There has been a profound lack of transparency with regard to proper testing of products that end up being eaten by millions of men, women, children, and farm animals. In the United States, after more than twenty years, no labeling of GM foods is required. Recently genetically modified salmon has been given to go-ahead. Some have theorized that geoengineering, where large amounts of aluminum has been dropped from planes around the world, is conditioning the soil for Monsanto’s aluminum resistant crops.
My view is that Gilles-Eric Seralini and his colleagues have done the world a great service by conducting this study. He has said that longterm studies, transparently carried out, and labeling has to be required before any new GMO products can be approved. If there is a need to recall any products, labels will make the recall(s) more feasible. After more than 20 years the ways in which this technology has been approved, including inadequate studies and no longterm thorough testing, has been disastrous.
Perhaps some of you reading this have viewed the short film, “GMOs: The Moment of Truth”. For those who haven’t, I apologize for the bringing the bad news.
GMOs are harmful to all life.
(Thanks to Holistic Theory @ YouTube)
- GMO’s: The Moment Of Truth (myscienceacademy.org)
- Genetic Fallacy: How Monsanto Silences Scientific Dissent (thelibertybeacon.com)
- Ratted out: Scientific journal bows to Monsanto over anti-GMO study (nsnbc.me)
- Scientific journal retracts study exposing GM cancer risk (theecologist.org)
- Genetic Fallacy: How Monsanto Silences Scientific Dissent (corbettreport.com)