French researchers reported last month that their experiments with rats in the laboratory suggested that GMOs caused cancerous tumors. The study came under immediate attack from the scientific community as just as many rats in the control group exhibited tumors as those exposed to GMOs.
The study had, in part, been championed by supporters of California's Proposition 37 which would require all foods and products containing GMOs to be labeled as such. Another section of Prop 37 is much more sinister. It allows for litigants to file suit against mislabeled products without having to show damages. This would open the door wide for activist litigation, and expose GMO producers to unwarranted lawsuits.
But a Reuters report from Paris yesterday says French scientists have dismissed the study as unscientific and flawed and said it did not provide sufficient evidence regarding the increased risk of cancer in GMO products. The French government had asked the health agency ANSES and biotech advisory council HCB to look into the matter and both concluded that the study on rats and GMOs at the the University of Caen "...did not demonstrate the toxicity of the Monsanto products" (Reuters).
"On this basis, there is therefore no need to go back on the authorizations issued for the NK603 maize and the Roundup weed killer," the French farm, environment and health ministries said in a joint statement (Reuters).
Chalk it up as a victory for GMOs. The French will continue to study the long-term effects of GMOs in the lab, but will likely have a hard time finding credence for any negative results they muster. Regarding Prop 37, the revelation of results based on poor science may weigh on the minds of California voters if they read the news -- but this issue is championed by activists who are fueled by discontent, not science.
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