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‘All GM food is safe/unsafe’ is a fallacy

Stories of GM being bad for health rumble on (though Seralini is still winning on this one) and they need some context.

It is impossible to say all GM food is safe to consume or that all GM is dangerous – every variety is different and should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Even if a technique used for the modification proved to be dangerous (and I have no reason to believe it might be), this doesn’t mean that all GM food will be dangerous – ever more sophisticated techniques are being developed. Continue reading


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What can feeding GM foods to animals tell us about toxicity?

Next Wednesday (15th January) we are all invited to take part in an online Q&A on ‘How useful are animal feeding studies in plant research?’

Since Seralini’s toxicology paper was retracted, there have been lots of calls for more studies where GM food is fed to animals to assess its safety for humans. The Q&A is a chance for people to ask any questions about whether feeding studies are a sensible precaution to determine whether our food is safe, or a misleading waste of money.  Continue reading