View from the fence

Social, environmental and economic issues surrounding GM foods, and the latest news


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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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I smell (a badly treated) rat

Last year I blogged about the retraction of Professor Seralini’s toxicology study on rats claiming negative health effects of eating round-up tolerant GM maize. Well, last week it was re-published, in a lower-ranking journal.

The republication has been met with a fraction of the publicity from first time around (perhaps unsurprising given that it was basically the same paper with slight re-analysis and a more political slant). Continue reading