A new paper by the French group of Gilles-Eric Seralini describes harmful effects on rats fed diets containing genetically modified maize (variety NK603), with and without the herbicide Roundup, as well as Roundup alone. This peer-reviewed study (Seralini et al., 2012), has been criticized by some scientists whose views have been widely reported in the popular press (Carmen, 2012; Mestel, 2012; Revkin, 2012; Worstall, 2012).
There\’s this as well:
1) History of Attacks on Risk-finding Studies. Seralini and colleagues are just the latest in a series of researchers whose findings have triggered orchestrated campaigns of harassment.
That\’s the bit where this open letter gets a bit hairy really. For there are two possible ways of reading this.
a) Seralini et al are subject to an organised campaign of harassment and Tim Worstall has written a popular press report about the paper. Two independent events.
b) Tim Worstall\’s popular press piece about the Seralini paper is part of that orchestrated campaign of harassment.
3) Misleading Media Reporting. A key pattern with risk-finding studies is that the criticisms voiced in the media are often red herrings, misleading, or untruthful.
Knowingly untruthful…..that would be fighting talk really.
6) Conclusion: When those with a vested interest attempt to sow unreasonable doubt around inconvenient results,
You see the point here?
They haven\’t said \”Worstall was bribed with industry money to rubbish our research\”. But they have come close to at least implying it.
Of course, I\’m not actually going to do anything about this. Dihydrogen monoxide off an Anatidae\’s back and all that. Absolutely no point at all in trying to make Carter Fuck even richer.
But it would be interesting to know the opinion of those who actually understand the law in this area. Am I actually being libelled here or not?
Umm, OK, on the assumption that I haven\’t just cashed a large check from Monsanto that is.