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GMO Debate Heats Up: Critics Say Biotech Industry Manipulating Genes, And Science

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Sporting a white coat and tagged with impressive credentials, Dr. Ronald Kleinman carries an aura of authority on camera as he says, “There are no cancer risks associated with agriculture produced through biotech. None whatsoever.”

The online advertisement featuring the physician-in-chief at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School was rolled out on Tuesday by a campaign opposing California’s Proposition 37, which would require the labeling of genetically modified foods — so-called GMOs.

But on Wednesday, Californians — along with the rest of the world — heard a very different message: A two-year study, led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen in France and published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, found that a widely grown GMO corn variety raised the rate of cancer and increased the risk of kidney and liver problems in rats.

The new finding fit perfectly with the “Yes on 37” platform. The campaign has warned that the industry proclaiming GMOs won’t harm human health is the same one that once said DDT and Agent Orange were perfectly safe. But criticisms of the new study quickly emerged, suggesting insufficient sample sizes, a breed of rats prone to tumor growth, and a lead researcher who was seemingly already convinced of the dangers of GMOs. The study authors are now attempting to refute these and other points.

via GMO Debate Heats Up: Critics Say Biotech Industry Manipulating Genes, And Science.


Written by edparnell

September 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

Posted in Food, Science

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