Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Seralini's Connections to Quack Science and Strange Philosophies

Today we anticipate more earth-shattering news from the Seralini lab.  This will be followed by generous reverberations across the anti-GMO movement that crave any information from his lab, as Seralini is the point man in generating findings that transgenic crop products are dangerous.

His findings are widely dismissed by the scientific community.  Unfortunately we have forced to spend our time correcting those that don't want to be corrected, as their religion of anti-GMO has a leader, and the leader cannot be challenged.  Critical thinking out the window.

In concert with today's likely revelation there is an article in Agriculture and Environment  that addresses links between Seralini and other entities.  He is linked to Sevene Pharma, where he is a consultant.  The company deals in homeopathic remedies.  He is linked to the Invitation to Life movement (cult), that also is connected to Sevene. Of course, these allegations need to be considered with some skepticism, but when read, they do tell quite a bit.

An English translation of The entire story can be found here.  Check it out.  Read the whole creepy thing. Good times.

When the Anti-GMO folks disqualify scientists' advisement based on Six Degrees of Monsanto, here you can play One Degree of Seralini- direct connections to hard agendas

The best part is that the backgrounds of his co-authors are discussed, and they fully illuminate the situation with a clear light.  The now-famous GMO debunkers are not trained as PhD scientists.  Frequent co-author, Clair Laurent, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a masters in ethnobotany.  Others have equally dubious backgrounds that perhaps suggest alternative interests to hard scientific evidence.

One of the papers she published with Seralini is on the activity of DIG1 as a protectant against glyphosate-- and DIG1 is sold by... Sevene Pharma.

These connections are as networked and interlaced as those claimed against companies and scientists that work in trangenic plants.  Only here the agenda of a naturalist fallacy shines through.


Anonymous said...

Good you're based in the US, so Seralini may not sue your for libel, as he did others who suggested his earlier funding by Greenpeace had any influence on his work... (Of course that's not necessarily the case, but if the antis see conflicts of interest - if not conspiracy - wherever there is funding, perhaps they do so because the judge by themselves...)

Michael said...

I'm not the least bit surprised: anti-GMO is as much a quack magnet as "organic."

In Maine, the organics advocacy organization OKs homeopathy and herbal remedies over traditional antibiotics therapies for animal infections. It's all right here in black & white:


Kevin M. Folta said...

Anonymous, this is just my opinion as determined by the data presented. It is not libelous. I also don't know the authenticity of the original document, which I note. It could all be a smear against the guy or a trick from anti-GMO folks to make scientists look bad.

We'll see if it continues.

Wackes Seppi said...

1.  Mr. Folta, you can rely on Mr. Gil Rivière-Wekstein as a competent, serious and honest investigation journalist and writer.

2.  You may also read:
Scientist Alain de Weck – surely known to you –announces that proceedings are in preparation against Mr. Séralini for breach of scientific integrity rules under the International Bologna Convention and the implementing University regulations.

Hopefully these proceedings will not be limited to the latest « study » but also address previous practices.

And it is, by the way, stunning that the University of Caen has not instituted proceedings on its own motion.

3.  On DIG1, you may wish to read:


Having questionable co-authors is one thing, but directly germane to scientific ethics is what is done in the experiment and how the various aspects are reported.

4.  And read also the CRIIGEN press release announcing yesterday's press conference: « CRIIGEN welcomes the confirmation of the research of Prof. Séralini's group on the long-term toxicity of Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, and of a genetically modified (GM) maize which absorbs it without being killed. » Confirmation?

And from the reports on the press conference: « It's not because official institutions denigrate our study that its results are scientifically invalidated. »

5.  Oh! And by the way, although not directly linked to the International Scientist of the Year 2011, the IVI website says:

« The association Invitation to Life has been declared of general interest in France since 2007: this means that IVI is recognised as a legitimate, not-for-profit organisation with tax-deductability status for donations. »

This is misleading: tax deductibility is only applicable to tax-payers in France. To be declared of general interest – different from a charity (« association d'utilité publique ») – is fairly easy. The association must not act in favor of a limited circle of persons; its managers must not derive any benefit; and the association may not have for-profit activities.