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Comment in Nature : Health effects of pesticides are overlooked in GMO risk assessments

Jeudi 15 Novembre 2012

Comment #57505 in Nature on 491, 327 (2012)

 

Health effects of pesticides are overlooked in GMO risk assessments

 

G.E. Séralini, R. Mesnage, N. Defarge
University of Caen, Institute of Biology, CRIIGEN and Risk Pole, MRSH-CNRS, EA 2608, Esplanade de la Paix, Caen Cedex 14032, France


An international debate arose after we published the first long-term toxicological assessment of the whole Roundup pesticide formulation at environmentally relevant levels (from 0.1 ppb) and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified (GM) maize (NK603)1. Our results challenge claims that these products are safe. The concern expressed by Francois Houllier (Nature 491)2 that our results could damage public opinion about GM crops gives precedence to economic interests over public health.

 

Read the full comment online : http://www.nature.com/nature/report/index.html?comment=57505&doi=10.1038/491327a

 

Reference : Biotechnology: Bring more rigour to GM research, By François Houllier, Nature 491, 327 (15 November 2012)
doi:10.1038/491327a