On the one hand, I hate Monsanto and Bill Gates for bailing Monsanto out of financial trouble.
On the other hand, this French study that is all over the news right now appears to be designed propaganda. I base this on two aspects of the study.
One, the study's results are not the same as what is publicly stated. There's an interesting part of the study where some groups of rats fed more GMO's didn't get as sick as those fed less GMO's. Odd? Actually, in most of the results from this study, the rats fed the most GMO's didn't die as often as those fed less GMO's.
Sure, the control groups fed no GMO's died least often, but it's still strange that the ones fed 11% and 22% GMO's tended to do worse than those fed 33% GMO's! Explain that one.
Thus, according to this French study, eating no GMO's is best, eating some is worst, and eating a lot is okay or somewhere between.
But that is not what they are telling the public.
Two, the researchers chose a breed of rats known for developing tumors. Note, many of the rats in the control groups still developed tumors, also. For all we know, when we're shown pictures of the rats with tumors, we could be seeing those from any of the groups used in the experiment. Why didn't they go with a healthy breed of rats whose diets are less restrictive? Because they wanted pics of tumors, maybe.
Personally, I think the study was way too small, using too few rats in too many divided groups. The big problem is that they used so few rats in the control part of the experiment. Also, it is but one experiment.
Of course, nothing I'm saying will matter in the face of showing such shocking pictures of tumors. Most people will just react emotionally and hear the key words GMO and cancer. Damage done. My hat goes off to the propaganda artists. Sure, it's nice to know this will hurt Monsanto. However, shit like this can also cause people to get sick when they otherwise would not had gotten sick. If you're imaging that you're going to get a tumor now, you probably will.
For the full study as submitted for publication, see:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 37#FCANote