In 2012, French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini published his findings in a journal after discovering that GMO feeding experiments in rats that ran past 90 days, could cause tumors and other serious health issues. The discovery is still being debated today as one of the most contentious issues surrounding Monsanto and GMO foods.
Since the initial publication of Séralini’s findings, studies have been replicated in other peer-reviewed journals but without the coverage that was renowned by the mainstream media for when Séralini retracted the study only after Monsanto and the Biotech industry waged an aggressive PR war.
Since that passing news, Professor Séralini is back in the media after a major court victory in November. The High Court in Paris found a former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission Marc Fallous guilty of forgery and the use of forgery; but no details of the court case have been officially released.
However, according to an article on Séralini’s website, the charges against Fallous came about after it was found he copied the signature of another scientist without consent, to argue the studies done by Séralini were incorrect about the Monsanto products. Fallous is expected to receive sentencing mid next year.
This was the second similar win in November for Séralini, where a defamation lawsuit was won against French magazine Marianne. The case stated that the magazine named Séralini and his research as “scientific fraud.”
The larger Monsanto picture
In the process of the PR war waged against Séralini about his GMO study, a creation of a whole new position on the original Food and Toxicology journal was made for Associate Editor for Biotechnology, and filled by a former Monsanto employee. The apparent intention of convincing the journal to retract the original study.
Since then, Environmental Sciences Europe, another peer reviewed scientific journal has picked up the original study for republishing. With two lawsuits under his belt against those who have sought to ruin Séralini’s reputation; and a recent letter asserting his research may have been correct after all, the Biotech community along with their Monsanto counterparts have all but proven the lengths they’d go to discredit anyone who’s science clashes with theirs.
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