Saturday, November 30, 2013

Monsanto behind Journal’s retraction of GMO rat-cancer link

Rady Ananda
Activist Post

After a 2012 study linking cancer with Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, the scientific journal that published the study is now retracting it, after hiring a former Monsanto employee to fill a new editorial position reviewing biotechnology papers.

In September 2012, the scientific journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology(FCT), published the study of Gilles-Eric Séralini, et al. which reviewed the toxicological effects of Monsanto’s NK603, and its requisite Round-Up pesticide.

They found “severe toxic effects (including liver congestions, necrosis and kidney nephropathies), increased tumor rates and higher mortality in rats fed Monsanto’s genetically modified NK603 maize and/or the associated herbicide Roundup.”

In February of 2013, the FCT hired Monsanto’s former employee, Richard E. Goodman, for a new position reviewing biotechnology papers. On November 19, the FCT reported its decision to retract the published paper stating the study’s results were inconclusive because there weren’t enough rats used in the study, and the strain of rat used was not acceptable.

Writing for CRIIGEN, the independent lab with which Seralini is affiliated, Frédérique Baudouin noted that a short Monsanto study, which was published in the same journal to prove the safety of its product, “was conducted with the same strain and number of rats.”

Séralini has promised to sue.

Baudouin pointed out other fallacies in the Monsanto study which won regulatory approval for NK 603, noting that “its comparators are false because the feed for control rats is contaminated by GMOs, at doses comparable to the treated rats.”

Nice, sloppy work, Monsanto; and shame on FCT for its double standards.

A European network of scientists (ENSSER) has also published a scathing condemnation of FCT’s behavior, warning that this level of corruption is “a flagrant abuse of science” that will “decrease public trust in science.” No doubt.

Going further, ENSSER condemned the FCT for violating “not only the criteria for retraction to which the journal itself subscribes, but any standards of good science.”

A recent article calling this matter ‘The Goodman Affair,’ noted that:
Richard E. Goodman is professor at the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, University of Nebraska. But he is also a former Monsanto employee, who worked for the company between 1997 and 2004. While at Monsanto he assessed the allergenicity of the company’s GM crops and published papers on its behalf on allergenicity and safety issues relating to GM food (Goodman and Leach 2004).”
Beyond all this, Seralini wasn’t even looking for cancer, which would require a larger number of animals, but merely prepared a chronic toxicity study under the same conditions that Monsanto used to assert the GM corn’s safety.

ENSSER explains that the short term study found not only “pronounced toxic effects” but also “increased tumour rates.” Further, the Sprague-Dawley strain of rat is the “commonly used standard for this type of research” and was the same one Monsanto used.

Most importantly, “Unpleasant results should be checked, not ignored. And the toxic effects other than tumours and mortality are well-founded.”

ENSSER concluded that, “Prof. Séralini’s findings stand today more than before, as even this secret review found that there is nothing wrong with either technicalities, conduct or transparency of the data – the foundations on which independent science rests. The conclusiveness of their data will be decided by future independent science, not by a secret circle of people.”

The biotech industry has a long history of quashing any science that shows its products are harmful. In the breakthrough film, The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin revealed how Dr Arpad Pusztai lost his career when he went on British television with his findings that the GM potato caused organ and system damage in rats, as well as precancerous cell growth. She also included the story of what happened when Dr Ignacio Chapela discovered that GM corn was contaminating natural corn in Mexico.

Not only quashing science, but the biotech industry, including Monsanto, has also poured tens of millions of dollars into hiding which foods contain GMOs. Though 90-95% of the public wants this food label, for some strange reason when they vote on it, the measure gets defeated. (Must be those computerized voting systems Bush forced on us.)

The biotech industry is also busy negotiating a 12-nation trade agreement that would force GMOs on the market regardless of local laws. The US is leading that pact which gives these biotech companies complete control over our food, and which subverts national sovereignty in favor of corporate rule.

The FCT’s new biotechnology reviewer helps achieve these aims. Goodman is active in the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), which “develops industry-friendly risk assessment methods for GM foods and chemical food contaminants and inserts them into government regulations,” reports Jonathan Latham, PhD.

Because ILSI is funded by biotech and agrochemical companies, including Monsanto, it is barred from helping write safety standards for the World Health Organization. Latham adds that Diana Banati, former head of the management board at the European Food Safety Authority, had to resign over her undisclosed long-standing involvement with ILSI.

Clearly, the biotech industry knows its product is harmful, or it wouldn’t expend so much time, effort and money on suppressing negative science, hiding which foods contain GMOs, and forcing it on countries through secret trade agreements.

Rady Ananda is the creator of Food Freedom News and COTO Report, Rady Ananda's work has appeared in several online and print publications, including four books. With a B.S. in Natural Resources from Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture, Rady tweets @geobear7 and @RadysRant.

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tony s said...

I am trying to figure out how this so called ex-Monsanto employee (if he quit Monsanto or was fired why would he be on Monsanto's side) also influenced all the government agencies around the world who have also said that this study was crap and useless? He must be the most amazing thought controller in the world. Or maybe the study is crap. If you look at the data (I doubt anyone reading/or writing here has done this) you will see at higher doses the cancer rate is lower - so does that mean at high doses the GM corn cures cancer? No it means the data is crap. You can can't make sense out of crap even if you dress it up in accusations of corruption that are also crap

tony s said...

The real bad thing about that study is it puts into dispute all the anti-GM studies and that isn't fair but its really what happens


Poor Rats :(

Anonymous said...

This is all a no brainer. GMO's are posion and anyone with half a brain knows that GMO's are just a way to kill off the population. What upsets me is that the grocery industery goes along with this junk.

Anonymous said...

Ultimately this is about population reduction. Hitler by another name

Anonymous said...

Monsanto never said GMOs were food...they said it was essentially like food, which is an indirect admission it is not remotely food. Monsanto has no history or expertise in nutrition or's entire background is in producing substances of mass extermination (DDT, Aspartame, Agent Orange, Sarin Gas). These are really big dots...why are people having such a problem connecting them?

pasupatidasi said...

even my 10 year old daughter, once knowing that gmo stands for genetically modified organism, understands that frankenfood is evil.
it's a no brainer, with or without the study.
modern humans have been around for about 50,000 years. and before that our ancestors had been hunting and gathering for well over 500,000 years. the agricultural revolution began around 25,000 to 12,000 years ago .
our human line goes back to between 1 and 2 million years ago.
in all this time our bodies have been accustomed to natural food sources. with the exception of the last century or so.
eating all the refined foods that humans have in the past century or so has already taken its toll on our bodies in the form of increased disease. our millions of years of evolutionary history are at odds with our modern food sources.
gmo food sources are exponentially worse than mere super-refined foods stuffs.
we are literally poisoning ourselves.
it doesn't take an einstein to know that the only people that benefit from factory farms, monsanto and gmos are the greedy corporate entities that are enriched by these atrocities.
just ask my daughter...she'll tell you.

Anonymous said...

."higher doses the cancer rate is lower - so does that mean at high doses the GM corn cures cancer? No it means the data is crap. " probably means you don't know what you are talking about though. Higher doses often lead to higher levels of mortality, thus cancer is unable to be expressed because the latency period was not long enough.

More animals dying sooner from compound toxicity unrelated to cancer will introduce a lower cancer rate in some cases.

But by all means, please feel free to feed yourself high doses of this crap if you or someone you know has cancer.

dale said...

It's all about profits. When corporations capture government and the media, we have fascism ("the merging of the interests of the state and the corporations" as Mussolini defined it). If you eat GMO foods (which Monsanto propaganda has prevented from being labled) you are eating fascism. You are what you eat.

The only way to be relatively sure that you are not eating GMOs is to eat organic food only. Monsanto knows that if it can contaminate organic farms, there will be no alternative. Therefore, it is important for everyone to rise up against state/corporate fascism.

Anonymous said...

The ultimate pushers of this Monsanto shit,are the OLIGARCH shareholders! Who knows where they live,so that us public cango there and advise them of our true feelings?

Anonymous said...

You are correct, "dale". It's all about the profits. Depopulation may be a side-effect but it's in the corporations' interests to keep people alive but sick, so Big Pharma can step in and "solve" the health problems that shouldn't exists in the first place.

Dr. David Cohen said...

This so-called scientific journal should be boycotted by the Science Community as they are clearly being swayed by other factors extraneous to the Scientific Method.

Dr. David Cohen said...


ozspeaksup said...

dr cohen, thanks, save me adding that info.
Id like to point to the fact monmongrels own feeding trials are alo usually VERY short, ie 37 days for chickens fed a 2x mod soymeal for aus approvals now they plan to use that (no necropsies etc) so called proof of safety to allow aus to grow that crap soy.
their trials with calves were using some 6 or 8? and one died was replaced..totally UNethical..
how come the never get done for stuff like that?
cos they PAY the FDA to approve and have ex monmen on FDA as well as in congress etc
revolving door spins sooo fast!

Anonymous said...

Always follow the money, especially when an economic system is in the tight grip of fascism.

Tony S, thanks for the excellent comic relief! You weren't kidding and don't write for The Onion? Oh my, well let me tell you, I am a medical scientist and I thoroughly read the study's methods and results. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it and some of the anomalous results showing a slightly erratic correlation in the dose response data, as it related to morbidity and mortality outcomes, is a reasonable expectation given the relatively small size of the experimental groups. The total number of rats used in the study was substantial, however, since this was an INITIAL LONG TERM STUDY on general toxicity which examined a range of exposure levels, the groups themselves were necessarily small. The statistical methods used to analyze the data are considered standard and appropriate.

Few people realize how expensive animal studies can be, especially long term studies. The question we should be asking is why aren't these important long term studies being directed and funded by our government which doles out huge grants for far less critical research projects? It would be nice if Monsanto could be forced to pay for this kind of research but with the level of corruption and collusion in corporations and government (not mention the long term agenda of tight fisted centralized control over the food supply), this scenario would be even more likely to result in a very biased approach.

Anonymous said...

I have a better idea Lets NDAA the monsanto exectutives and put them on a year long experiment of how their own food affects them as they are so sure its healthy to eat! They should be gled to do it if its all that good for us!

Anonymous said...

I don't need scientist to tell me corn with spider genes is bad for you.

tracy scanlon said...

What about aspartame that Monsanto makes, and Coke,Pepsi puts in ALL their diet drinks?Should be outlawed.

Ronaldo Dias said...

Monsanto = "Mass Extinction” . That is their real business!

Anonymous said...

Monsatan... needs to be taken down

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