Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Don't believe everything you read

If you’re following the news and the debate surrounding GM crops, even if you’ve only been following my blog, you should be concerned enough to be buying organic and looking for “GM-free” on labels. And if you’re not, you should be! But for those who rely on the scientific journals to sift the wheat from the chaff (sorry - poor analogy) and the popular press to report the “real” story, you are likely to be led far astray.

The recent retraction of the infamous Seralini study, which linked long-term consumption of GM corn and use of Roundup to massive tumour growth in rats, published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2012, is a perfect case in point. The word is out that the very recent fast-tracked appointment to the editorial board of FCT of an ex-Monsanto employee, was orchestrated to ensure that this very damaging report was discredited and removed from sight. Sadly FCT is not the only academic journal to have fallen under the sway of massive commercial interests disguised as independent, not-for-profits etc. 

The good news is, all this skulduggery and heavy-handedness from powerful vested interests is impossible to hide completely. You just need to keep your eyes open, your ear to the ground and always ask questions!

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