Lobbyists for genetically-modified crops are influencing the media, according to French researcher Gilles-Eric Séralini.
Séralini’s study showing negative effects of GM maize fed to rats, including tumours, will be retracted by the journal that published it last year. Séralini has received a letter from Elsevier’s Food and Toxicology journal.
A new editor at the journal, Richard Goodman, is a biologist who formerly worked for Monsanto – the leading producer of GM foods.
“If this magazine, which just hired a former Monsanto employee as an editor, withdraws this study, it’ll mean it never existed. What we have tried to do, to try and carry out studies of the long-term effects of genetically-modified foods and pesticides on human health, will be permanently shut off,” said French MEP Corinne Lepage.
At the European level, GM crops are generally tested for no more than three months by the manufacturers who produce them. These studies are used to authorise the products.
For Séralini European institutions should also be responsible.
“We accuse the magazine of conniving with Monsanto. We accuse Monsanto of fraud and gross errors in the authorization of their products, and we accuse the European Commission of only seeing Monsanto’s data as valid,” Séralini told euronews.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has proposed authorising a new GM corn crop. The decision could be made early next year.
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