Two years ago, the global scientific community responded en masse to thoroughly reject and discredit a two-year rat feeding study led by Prof. Eric Giles-Seralini and published by Food and Chemical Toxicology. Public scientific and medical societies worldwide found fault in almost every aspect of Mr. Seralini’s work and its claims about the health effect of genetically modified maize and the herbicide ingredient glyphosate on rats. Just a few examples:
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Journal: Final review of the Séralini et al (2012a) publication on a 2-year rodent feeding study
- Frequently asked questions on the Séralini study (EFSA)
- Les Académies scientifiques taclent Séralini (French scientific academies take on Seralini)
- GMOAnswers.com: Séralini rat study
The feedback against Mr. Seralini’s research was so intense that the editors of Food and Chemical Toxicology finally retracted the study from their journal.
Two years later, neither the passing of time nor the republishing by a different journal lend any more scientific credibility to this research. This week Mr. Seralini announced that the identical study would be published again, this time in another, less well-known journal, Environmental Sciences Europe (Springer).
Monsanto employees are consumers themselves and we take it very seriously when anyone questions the safety of our products. Despite the criticism raised by the wider scientific community against Mr. Seralini’s study, we welcome the opportunity to remind consumers and farmers around the world of the performance and benefits of Monsanto’s products and services. His research looked at rats fed on genetically modified maize and served water laced with Roundup®.
Numerous legitimate studies from governments and respected scientific institutions have studied plant biotechnology, and have shown genetically modified seeds and foods to be safe and deliver real benefits for food security and sustainable agriculture. A couple of summary articles:
Roundup® branded herbicides have been studied extensively and approved for use in farmers’ toolkits in more than 100 countries around the world. Since glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup® and many other herbicides – was first introduced 40 years ago it has been subjected to hundreds of laboratory and field research studies to assess its impact on human health to such an extent that it is perhaps the most widely studied active ingredient used in herbicides. Comprehensive toxicology studies in animals have demonstrated that glyphosate does not produce cancer and does not have mutagenic effects, i.e. it does not alter DNA. For more detailed information on glyphosate’s safety profile, please see the website www.glyphosate.eu.