Truth Prevails: Study Incriminating GMOs Republished After Retraction
Last fall, in a blatant attempt to hide the dangers of GMOs from the public, the biotech industry succeeded in having a study that revealed the serious health effects of these foods retracted form a scientific journal. The research was maligned by pro-GMO scientists and factions that stood to gain monetarily from suppressing the expose. Now truth has prevailed, as the study has been republished in another journal.
Study Shows Long-Term Ingestion of GMOs Is Devastating to Health
The study provides compelling evidence that biotech giant Monsanto’s assurances about the safety of GMOs have no merit. Conducted by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, the research in France explored the chronic toxicity of two of Monsanto’s products. Scientists found severe kidney and liver damage as well as hormonal disorders in rats fed GM maize and low levels of the herbicide Roundup. In addition, the research unexpectedly discovered higher rates of large tumors and fatalities in the rats. It should be noted that the amount of Roundup the rats ingested was below the level allowed in drinking water in the European Union.
Seralini’s Public Data Versus Secret Data That Supposedly Exonerates Roundup
First published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), the study was retracted six months after a former Monsanto employee was appointed to a newly created position of “Associate Editor of Biotechnology.” Now, the research along with the raw data undergirding it has been republished in Environmental Sciences Europe (ESE). The release of the Seralini data for public view is unlike the secretly kept data of biotech industry studies that serve as the basis for Roundup’s approval.
Seralini Study Passes Three Rounds of Rigorous Review
GMOSeralini.org editor Claire Robinson notes how Seralini’s study has gone through intense scrutiny through three peer reviews. The first review occurred before it was published in FCT. “It passed with only minor revisions, according to the authors,” she says.
The second review organized by FCT’s editor-in-chief A. Wallace Hayes was cloaked in secrecy. Robinson describes it as a non-transparent evaluation of Seralini’s data conducted by a panel of unnamed persons. “In a letter to Prof Séralini, Hayes admitted that the anonymous reviewers found nothing ‘incorrect’ about the results presented. However, Hayes pointed to what he said was the ‘inconclusive’ nature of some aspects of the paper, namely the tumor and mortality observations, to justify his decision to retract the study. The rationale given for the retraction was widely criticized by scientists as an act of censorship and a bow to the interests of the GMO industry,” she states.
A third round of peer review was done by the ESE, the journal where it is republished. With the second publishing restoring the research to peer-reviewed literature, it can be referred to and build upon by other scientists.
“The fact that ESE republished the study is evidence that there is still some integrity and lack of bias remaining in the medical literature,” says Dr. Michael Wald, Director of Nutrition at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco in Westchester, New York and author of Frankenfoods – Controversy, Lies & Your Health. “The fight to reveal the health and environmental damage that GMOs cause is a difficult one, but I applaud the ESE for having the integrity to report the science and not back down by anti-health, pro-GMO interest groups and scientists.”
Attempt to Suppress the Truth Backfires
The efforts of groups that sought to discredit the study have backfired. They tried to cast doubt on its validity, but the extra review and scrutiny FCT’s retraction generated has only served to increase the strength of the findings. As Dr. Michael Antoniou, a London molecular geneticist, told GMOSeralini.org, few studies would survive such as in-depth examination by scientific peers. “The republication of the study after three expert reviews is a testament to its rigor, as well as to the integrity of the research,” he says.
Mary West – Contributing Writer
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