A chronic toxicity study on the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, Monsanto’s NK603, led by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini has been republished. The republication restores the study to the peer-reviewed literature so that it can be consulted and built upon by other scientists. The study found severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances in rats fed the GM maize and low levels of Roundup that are below those permitted in drinking water in the EU. Toxic effects were found from the GM maize tested alone, as well as from Roundup tested alone and together with the maize. Additional unexpected findings were higher rates of large tumours and mortality in most treatment groups. The study was first published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) in September 2012 but was retracted by the editor-in-chief in November 2013 after a sustained campaign of criticism and defamation by pro-GMO scientists. Now the study has been republished by Environmental Sciences Europe. The republished version contains extra material addressing criticisms of the original publication. The raw data underlying the study’s findings are also published – unlike the raw data for the industry studies that underlie regulatory approvals of Roundup, which are kept secret. The new paper presents the same results as before and the conclusions are unchanged. The republished study is accompanied by a separate commentary by Prof Séralini’s team describing the lobbying efforts of GMO crop supporters to force the editor of FCT to retract the original publication.
I recall numerous attacks on Seralini’s study on ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph, incidentally coinciding with the beginnings of the Steve Marsh case in Western Australia. Not holding my breath for this republished study to be heard.
A comment on Clive Palmer’s about face this week. Once he rids himself of his dirty coal operations and reinvests his enormous wealth ( from Australia’s Natural resources ) into sustainable clean energy projects, then he will gain some credibility.