Originally published September 21 2015
New science paper exposes how corporations censor GMO research they don't like
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Setting the record straight on a controversial toxicity study that links Monsanto's transgenic corn and glyphosate herbicide (Roundup) to liver and kidney toxicity in mice, a new paper published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe exposes the criminal science cartel that actively censors research into genetically-modified organisms and biotechnology that goes against the status quo.
Doctors John Fagan, Terje Traavik, and Thomas Bohn want the world to know that Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini's famous study on GM maize NK603 and Roundup is a toxicity study that just so happened to uncover carcinogenic effects from NK603 and Roundup, both in combination and individually. The findings of this important study are indeed valid, they reiterate, and serve as a legitimate baseline for further research into this controversial segment of industrial agriculture.
Their peer-reviewed paper entitled "The Seralini affair: degeneration of Science to Re-Science?" warns that retracting studies simply because they don't fit the official narrative for a particular subject is the antithesis of what true science is supposed to entail. They emphasize that the normal scientific process involves investigating new ideas and publishing the results, which then encourages others to do the same in either support or rejection of the earlier findings.
Prof. Seralini's toxicology study into NK603 and Roundup lays groundwork for further inquiry into GMO and herbicide safety Prof. Seralini's study, in case you missed it, was retracted from the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology after a swarm of "skeptics" and other anti-science fanatics demanded that it be pulled for primarily political reasons. It basically boils down to the fact that these control freaks didn't like what Prof. Seralini discovered concerning the carcinogenic nature of Monsanto GMO corn and Roundup, so they pressured and bullied the editors of the journal who published his paper to retract it.
Their reasoning and criticisms were quickly exposed as invalid, as revealed in this comprehensive rebuttal, but little was done to vindicate Prof. Seralini and his study and make things right. That's where this latest paper comes into play, challenging the corruption within scientific circles that stifles honest inquiry into controversial subjects, including GMO safety.
Dr. Fagan and his colleagues say the growing trend towards pulling papers from journals simply because some people don't like their findings -- Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his famous Lancet paper represent another textbook example of this -- overshadows the normal scientific process "in which peer-reviewed publication stimulates new research, generating new empirical evidence that drives the evolution of scientific understanding."
NK603 and Roundup are toxic and might cause cancer, researchers affirm After thoroughly examining Prof. Seralini's original findings and research methods, Dr. Fagan, Dr. Traavick, and Dr. Bohn determined that NK603 and Roundup are not only toxic to the kidneys and liver below current regulatory thresholds, but they might also cause cancer in mammals. They say that these preliminary discoveries warrant further inquiry by regulatory authorities and the scientific community at large rather than animosity towards those who made these discoveries.
"Follow-up long-term carcinogenicity studies, using test animal strains and numbers of animals that assure robust conclusions, are required to confirm/refute this preliminary evidence," they write. "The inherent tension between the scientific process and commercial interests of product developers necessitates implementation of safeguards that protect the scientific process and prevent degeneration of Science to Re-Science (typified by retraction and republication disputes)."
For more on Prof. Seralini's study, what it revealed, and where critics went wrong in condemning it as "invalid," visit GMOSeralini.org.
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