French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini is the research scientist who demonstrated that if one feeds rats with food from genetically-modified crops for over 90 days it can cause serious health problems. He won accolades from anti-GMO activists around the world for his work.
Now he just won another vote of support, this time from the High Court in Paris, for a trial find a decision of libel and fraud against the professor from one of his most powerful critics.
Professor Séralini’s studies into the true hazards of GMO crops along with the herbicides and pesticides associated with them raise considerable problems for GMO agribusiness giant Monsanto when they first appeared. Using experiments with strong scientific controls, the French researcher showed that – when the GMOs were fed to rats beyond the 90 day test periods Monsanto had used to “prove” (their words) that their GMOs were safe – rats developed grotesque tumors that would eventually kill them.
Not exactly the kind of article you want written about your multi-billion dollar genetic engineered food and seed products.
When the research first came out in its first form – in a peer-reviewed journal – it was originally retracted. The reason combined a strong public relations attack by Monsanto and the entire biotech industry, claiming the work was highly flawed.
After further review, the original study has been republished in yet another peer-reviewed journal. Others are also coming out to say they now have analyzed the research and reconfirmed the results.
Séralini’s research team also won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of an article in the French Marianne magazine which referred to the work of Séralini’s team as “scientific fraud”. That win was announced on November 6.
And now there is further reason for Professor Séralini to celebrate.
Because on November 25, 2015, the High Court in Paris indicated Marc Fallous for “forgery” and “use of forgery”. According to information from those close to the case, Fallous apparently transferred the signature of another scientist to documents that argued Séralini and his team had made the wrong conclusions about Monsanto’s products. The scientist whose signature Fallous copied in fact had no knowledge of what Fallous was publishing and gave no consent to the use of his signature or reputation on Fallous’ materials.
Marc Fallous, the former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, will be sentenced for his crimes in June 2016.
In the meantime, Séralini’s team continues to find its work validated and supported worldwide.
Monsanto, however, is having to deal with its herbicide GMO-partner product glyphosate labeled as a carcinogen and likely carcinogen around the world. And having even the entire state of California denying them to withdraw their identification of the substance in that way.
The Company is also going to trial at the Hague International Criminal Court for its actions regarding many of its agribusiness chemicals this fall.