Healthcare providers, health-conscious consumers, and GMO activists will have opportunity to meet a world-class lineup of experts at the Environmental Health Symposium Public Forum in San Diego, Mar 6. On his first ever public speaking appearance in the U.S., legendary Dr. Giles-Eric Séralini will cover his ground-breaking research and answer questions.
The Séralini Story
The health-conscious world was shocked when results of Séralini’s two-year study with rats fed a variety of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn were released in 2012. His paper entitled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” posed a direct challenge to industry safety claims.
Monsanto’s 2004 rat-feeding study, which was carried out over a 90-day period, had found “no biological differences.”[i] Séralini, who designed his study as a direct follow-up of the Monsanto study, found quite the opposite: female rats with giant mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, and increased mortality. The main findings were multiple organ damage in rats fed the GM maize (corn), whether or not the crop had been sprayed with Roundup, and independently, in rats fed low levels of Roundup in drinking water.
Séralini’s study was called “a bomb” by Corinne Lepage, a French Member of the European Parliament and France’s former minister for the environment. Lepage explained that the study exposed the weakness of industry studies conducted for regulatory authorization.[i] The GM maize had previously been judged safe by regulators around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Havoc ensued and Dr. Séralini soon found himself at the center of an epic struggle between independent science and corporate hegemony. The scientific journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, which first published his study, retracted the article following an orchestrated campaign by thinly disguised biotech promoters.[ii] The article was later re-published in June 2014 in the journal, Environmental Sciences Europe.
Nor did the story stop there. Marc Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, was exposed in a libel trial that he lost to Dr. Séralini just last year for using or copying Séralini’s signature without his agreement to argue that Séralini and his co-researchers were wrong in their reassessment of Monsanto studies.[i] The Séralini team’s re-assessment reported finding signs of toxicity in the raw data from Monsanto’s own rat feeding studies with GM maize (corn).
Thought leaders and independent scientists have concluded that the Séralini study is the most in-depth study ever carried out on a GM food and its associated pesticide.[ii]
Dr. Seralini is a Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Caen, France and has written over 100 scientific articles for international specialist symposiums.
[i] GMOSeralini.org. Séralini’s team wins defamation and forgery court cases on GMO and pesticide research. http://www.gmoseralini.org/seralinis-team-wins-defamation-and-forgery-court-cases-on-gmo-and-pesticide-research/
[ii] Earthopensource (2015). The Séralini study – an attack on independent research. http://www.monsanto.no/index.php/en/environment/gmo/gmo-news/237-the-seralini-study-an-attack-on-independent-research
[i] Lepage C. OGM: Une étude et une démarche historiques [GMOs: A study and a historical approach].Huffington Post. http://huff.to/10Jp0PP. Published September 24, 2012.
[ii] Robinson, C., and Latham, J. (2013). The Goodman Affair: Monsanto Targets the Heart of Science. https://www.independentsciencenews.org/science-media/the-goodman-affair-monsanto-targets-the-heart-of-science/
[i] Hammond B, Dudek R, Lemen J, Nemeth M. Results of a 13 week safety assurance study with rats fed grain from glyphosate tolerant corn. Food Chem Toxicol. 2004;42:1003-14. doi:10.1016/j.fct.2004.02.013.