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By Graciela Gomez

" Yes, GMOs are poisonous! "This is how the French journalist William Malaurie of the Nouvel Observateur media titles his article, who describes the news published yesterday, September 19, as“ Scandal, tumors, serious diseases ... a massacre

The bomb launched today was published in the American magazine "Food and Chemical Toxicology" dedicated to disseminating original research articles, reviews and clinical cases on the toxic effects in animals or man, of natural or synthetic chemicals that They occur in the human environment, with a special emphasis on food safety, chemical safety, and other areas of consumer product safety. This work was carried out by French researchers who for two years, in the shade and in private, fed 200 rats with genetically modified corn and water with RoundUp herbicide.

The publication of the results of the experiment carried out by the French team of Dr Gilles-Eric Séralini, professor of molecular biology at the University of Caen, is a blow to both political, medical and industrial science. The official truth: the safety of genetically modified corn does not exist.


Highly toxic and often fatal

Even at low doses, it shows that the GMO corn studied is highly toxic and often fatal to rats. So much so that, if it were a drug, it should be immediately suspended pending further investigation. Because it is the same GMO found in our dishes through meat, eggs or milk.

A thriller that begins with this investigation in 2006, whose project director is none other than Dr Gilles-Eric Séralini, who reveals conclusions in a book that will be published next week: "We are all guinea pigs", from editorial Flammarion.

Codenamed Live

Until 2011, the researchers worked in quasi-underground conditions. They had their e-mails encrypted and all telephone conversations forbidden, and they even launched a "decoy" study as they feared a coup from the big multinational seed companies.

The history of the operation, codenamed "in vitro," evokes the difficult recovery of Monsanto's proprietary NK 603 transgenic corn seeds through an agricultural school in Canada. They then harvested and repatriated the "large" jute bags in the port of Le Havre in late 2007, before making the kibbles in total secrecy and selecting 200 lab rats called "Sprague Dawley rats" a variety extensively used in the field of biomedicine and easy to manipulate. "After less than a year of differentiated GM corn menus, says Professor Séralini, it was a massacre among our rats that I had not imagined such a magnitude".


Serious diseases, breast tumors
Rats fed transgenic corn from the multinational Monsanto exposed by drinking water mixed with its best-selling glyphosate-based herbicide, RoundUp, develop tumors and multiple damage to their organs. The research has drawn harsh criticism from other experts who are highly skeptical of its methods and findings. However, researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini, from the University of Caen, and his team, state that rats fed a diet containing NK603 (a variety of seeds genetically modified to tolerate doses of the herbicide Roundup) or those that are gave water that contained levels of this chemical, they died earlier than those who followed a diet without these elements. In addition, animals on a genetically modified diet suffered mammary tumors reaching up to 25% of their weight and severe damage to livers and kidneys with a frequency two to five times higher than for rodents fed non-transgenic corn. At the beginning of 24 months, that is, at the end of their lives, 50% to 80% of females are affected by GMOs compared to only 30% among non-GMOs. For an animal that has a life expectancy of two years, the difference is considerable. In comparison, a year for a rodent is roughly the equivalent of forty years for a man. "It is the first time that the impact on health of a genetically modified food and a pesticide has been analyzed, beyond those of the industry. The results are alarming," Séralini told AFP.
The demand for accountability
The conclusions of Corinne Lepage, lawyer, liberal deputy and president of the CAP21 Green Party come out in a book that will go on sale on September 21 with the title "The truth about GMOs, it's our business", by Ediciones Charles Léopold Mayer. Corinne Lepage builds on the results of this Seralini study, which clash with the policies of French experts and the European Union. The former Minister of Ecology is no stranger to this study, since CRIIGEN (Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering) that she founded, has played a key role in assembling financial expertise. CRIIGEN was able to raise 3.2 million by appealing to the Swiss Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation and the Carrefour, Auchan supermarkets. "Eager to guard against a novel food scandal, he has really contributed to the funding of this study," explains Gilles-Eric Séralini, a member of CRIIGEN.

A study funded by Auchan and Carrefour

Given the experience of mad cow disease, they actually want to protect themselves from any new food and fuss. So much so that Gérard Mulliez, founder of the Auchan Group, was the one who provided the initial funds.
Professor Séralini's study heralds a new war between pro and anti-GMO. Health organizations that urgently need similar studies to verify the findings of French scientists, it would be the least. Monsanto, the world's largest GM seeds company, will it stop manufacturing them? Unlikely: Your survival could be at stake for a single GMO plant, but there are hundreds of varieties. Hinting that there are at least a dozen studies of 100 to 150 million euros each.

The moment of truth

The debate can no longer be overwhelmed by the past, on September 26 everyone will be able to see the film at the cinema by Jean-Paul Jaud, "We are all guinea pigs", adapted from the book written by Gilles-Eric Séralini, and the terrible images of rats with their tumors. The images that will go around the world and the Internet, as it will be broadcast by Canal + (the "Grand Journal" on September 19) and France5 (on October 16 in a documentary). For GMOs, the era of the extremes of doubt, the moment of truth begins.

In the interview with the scientist the question was: - There was a diffuse suspicion of opinion about the impact of GMOs on human health. With your study, this serious suspicion is confirmed?

- "Yes, we have achieved the longest and most detailed study in the world on the toxicity of transgenic corn and Roundup, the most widely used herbicide that it is. Our study concludes that a toxic effect on animals and suggests that it may have on humans. In addition, several other tests that we have performed on human cells are in the same direction. Our study was carried out over two years in rats, establishes that, even at very low doses, long-term absorption of corn acts as a powerful and often deadly poison, such as Roundup. And these effects are primarily the kidneys, liver, and mammary glands. When it comes to chemicals, pesticides, or medications, small mammal tests are common in the plane normative". "The big scandal is that it can no longer be trusted because health agencies have never required a long-term toxicity industry study. However, when 450 million Europeans consume food containing genetically modified organisms (or not yet you know), they do it throughout their lives. Worse still, many of these experts, despite our warnings, have multiplied objections to oppose at all costs. What is the same: unconsciousness? negligence? cowardice? Criminal collusion with the industrial world? Or all of them at once? "

Monsanto, the world's largest GM seed producer, has yet to comment on the post. However, it has reiterated in the past that its products are safe and that they do not pose any risk to human or animal health.
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