6 French academies reject linking of GM corn, cancer
AFPPARIS--A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a “scientific non-event,” six French scientific academies said on Friday.
October 22, 2012, 12:40 am TWN
“This work does not enable any reliable conclusion to be drawn,” they said, adding bluntly that the affair helped “spread fear among the public.”
The joint statement — an extremely rare event in French science — was signed by the national academies of agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, sciences, technology and veterinary studies.
It was sparked by research published in September that said rats fed with so-called NK603 corn and/or doses of Roundup herbicide developed tumors.