Study linking GM food to cancer a ‘non-event’

Study linking GM food to cancer a 'non-event'
This maize may or may not be genetically modified. Photo: Stéphane Mignon
A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a "scientific non-event," six French scientific academies said in a joint statement on Friday.

"This work does not enable any reliable conclusion to be drawn," they said, adding that the affair helped "spread fear among the public."

The statement, signed by the national academies of agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, science, technology and veterinary studies, was sparked by research published in September that said rats fed with GM corn or doses of Roundup herbicide developed tumours.

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