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A French study reporting that mice that ate genetically modified corn sprayed with glyphosate — or drank water with glyphosate levels similar to that in U.S. tap water — were much more likely to die, and to die younger is the latest we’re-all-being-poisoned-the-sky-is-falling scenario from those those who would have agriculture revert to mules and manure — and certainly is nothing new in France, where opposition to GMOs has been a cause célèbre from Day 1.

In U.S. publications, the business magazine Forbes had an online article, “Scientists smell a rat in fraudulent genetic engineering study,” that cites, among other things, “methodologically flawed, irrelevant, uninterpretable — but over-interpreted — experiments intended to demonstrate harm from genetically engineered plants and the herbicide glyphosate” by the French microbiologist who was the lead researcher.

The author of the Forbes report, Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, lists numerous flaws in the study, conflicts of interest, and other problems.

“(These) experiments show that he [the French researcher] has crossed the line from merely performing and reporting flawed experiments to committing gross scientific misconduct and attempting fraud,” Miller writes.

“There is so much wrong with the experimental design that the conclusion is inescapable that the investigators intended to get a spurious, preordained result.”

There is no question, Miller writes, that the publication of the study “was a well-planned and cleverly orchestrated media event … designed to produce exactly the false result that was observed and was deliberately allowed to continue until large, grotesque tumors developed.” The conduct of the study, including the treatment of the animals, “raises serious ethical concerns and questions of scientific misconduct,” Miller writes.

See Miller’s article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2012/09/25/scientists-smell-a-ra...

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 12, 2012

There is more wild hyperbole in this editorial than I've seen in any Pro-GMO Labeling argument.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 13, 2012

Absolutely! The same argument is made against scientists that work for Monsanto, et al. Oh my... science, and spin! Common sense will prevail one day when people listen to it instead of being led by others.

Eatfresh (not verified)
on Oct 14, 2012

Another lopsided article from the GMO protaganists & yes Americans are experiencing allergies & diseases at a rate far in excess of other western countries. maybe this has something to do with the 90% of all their crops which are GM.

Why does this industry fight tooth & nail to exclude GM labelling of their frankenfoods??
I think everyone smells a rat, one with lots of tumours.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 15, 2012

Yikes! Tumors? GMO opponents forget that the earth itself has been "genetically modifying" food, animals and plants since time began. Its called evolution and cross-polination. Maybe some folks should have taken more science classes instead of those touchy-feely ones.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 15, 2012

who funds Delta Farm Press? I'm guessing Monsanto and a bunch of other chemical companies. I'd really be interested to know...

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 15, 2012

GMO's...new technology...this must be feared. And in 1900 electricity was also feared. This stuff is dangerous, it must not be allowed in our homes! In fact, in one instance a dog was electrocuted every evening to display just how deadly this new technology truly was. Yes, let's ban GMO's, airplanes, cars, cell phones, and electricity. Rural america will be just fine- they can handle organic farming just fine. However, the folks in New York high-rises, and suburbia, USA that pass judgement on modern agriculture...I don't know how well they will fare with the food shortage, or with the request to come hand-weed crops.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 15, 2012

Gasoline is explosive, poisonous and highly carcinogenic. We should probably wear gloves and gas masks, and move our children upwind whenever we stop for gas. Unfortunately, my yard also contains some highly toxic fungi growing on some old logs. My TV shoots out radiation- much like my dentists X-ray machine. When I get sick, I take antibioltic pills which is actually a selective pesticide which kills bacterial cells, but not me. There's some wild deer in my yard, and they might have ticks that carry lymes disease. And I also heard about some e-coli contaminated organic lettuce a few months back. Maybe the intensively tested, USDA and EPA approved ag products are farmers grow aren't so bad?

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