Professor Giles-Eric Seralini and his research team at the University of Caan in France provided pictures of rats fed Monsanto GMO corn saturated with Roundup weed killer.
Their study revealed that rats fed GMOs developed tumors and died young. The study wad originally set up to examine the long term toxicity potential of eating Monsanto’s GMO corn along with the inherent exposure to Roundup.
The many scientists who stood by and defended Seralini’s work were mostly ignored. Many of the ‘un-swung’ were left confused and willing to side with the loudest voice of the biotechnology industry.
Around the same time as the developing Seralini case, a Brazilian study proving Monsanto’s corn insecticide starter genes harm mammals’ blood cells.
Seralini Strikes Back
Seralini and his team formed a group called CRIIGEN, the acronym for Comité de Recherche et d’Information Indépendantes sur le Génie Génétique, or Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering, and fought back.
Seralini and team weren’t testing for cancerous effects primarily. Their toxicity analysis focused on long term effects on liver and kidney health, where they did find indisputable evidence of gross harm.
Seralini’s study was a ‘chronic toxicity study’ and not a full-scale carcinogenicity study. This meant he did not do a statistical analysis of the tumors and mortality findings. Instead he simply reported them, without drawing any definitive conclusions.
This followed with the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) chronic toxicity protocol, which requires that any “lesions”, including tumors, observed are recorded.
That same article also reported “researchers around the world” had voiced “harsh words” about Seralini’s long term (two years) toxicity research on rats fed GMO Roundup-tolerant corn. Seralini and CRIIGEN, with the assistance of public attorneys, called notaires in France, Bernard Dartevelle and Cindy Gay won their suit against Marianne Magazine.
After a three year investigation which ended on the 25th of November 2015, the High Court of Paris indicted Marc Fellous, who was also charged in the original libel case earlier.
He just happened to be the chairmen of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission who had rubber stamped many genetically modified products for consumption.
Details haven’t been publicly revealed, but apparently Fellous has been charged with forgery and the use of forgery, using a scientist’s signature to “prove” Seralini and company were wrong about their study that concluded that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn was not safe for consumption until further study was undertaken. Final judgement and sentencing is expected by early 2016.