PhilGovert's picture
For every study or group of studies you cite, will you provide exact information on how the study was funded and/or who the researcher(s) work for?

A:Expert Answer

Thank you for your question. Much of the research on GMOs is done by the companies themselves or by independent laboratories working under contract with the companies.  In both cases, proper scientific procedures are followed.  When studies are published in the scientific literature, they routinely include an explanation of the source of funding for the study and a note of any conflicts of interest that the authors may have.  We certainly would not remove such information from our citations.  The important thing about scientific research is that if it follows the proper, recognized procedures and protocols, its findings can be replicated by other researchers following the same methods.  We believe the research we cite is supported by proper, credible scientific research.

 

Note that the Biofortified GENERA database contains a list of studies on GMOs that are independently funded.

 

 

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Awakeaboutgmo's picture

So the research done was funded by the biotech companies. I'm really sure that anything that goes against GMO's would be released.

glysofake's picture

"While studies carried out by independent scientists all reported significant effects due to GM-feeding, those carried out by Monsanto on MON863, MON810 (both Bt maize lines), and NK603 (glyphosate-tolerant soybean line) reported no evidence of toxicity. The results were kept confidential by Monsanto and the EFSA, until Séralini and his colleagues gained access to the raw data through court action, and found the experiments deeply flawed at every stage, from experimental design to data analysis and interpretation."

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GM_Feed_toxic_new_metaanalysis_confirms.php

achood4mu's picture

@glysofake: Too bad that Serilini and his collegues were criticized by an unprecidented number of scientists for their flawed work. They really don't have any credibility anymore:
http://skeptico.blogs.com/

Veronica's picture

This website is a joke. The "experts" and studies were all funded by Monsanto. I'm glad that this PR project is backfiring. You look ridiculous.

PhilGovert's picture

You say at the outset that studies are funded by the ag industry, so all are dubious. Let me ask this, do you suppose the industry ever buries any studies that are critical of big ag products? How easy is it for truly independent labs (i.e., not under contract to big ag) to study these products?

PhilGovert's picture

You say at the outset that studies are funded by the ag industry, so all are dubious. Let me ask this, do you suppose the industry ever buries any studies that are critical of big ag products? How easy is it for truly independent labs (i.e., not under contract to big ag) to study these products?

Awakeaboutgmo's picture

To purchase genetically modified seeds, a customer must sign an agreement that limits what can be done with them. Agreements are considered necessary to protect a company’s intellectual property, and they justifiably preclude the replication of the genetic enhancements that make the seeds unique. For a decade their user agreements have explicitly forbidden the use of the seeds for any independent research. Under the threat of litigation, scientists cannot test a seed to explore the different conditions under which it thrives or fails. They cannot compare seeds from one company against those from another company. And perhaps most important, they cannot examine whether the genetically modified crops lead to unintended environmental side effects.

Elson j. Shields is the spokesperson for a group of 24 corn insect scientists that opposes these practices. Because the scientists rely on the cooperation of the companies for their research—they must, after all, gain access to the seeds for studies—most have chosen to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. The group has submitted a statement to the EPA protesting that “as a result of restricted access, no truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions regarding the tech­nol­ogy.”

Awakeaboutgmo's picture

This site has to be the biggest mistake these terrible companies ever made. You are not answering legitimate questions and my last post was deleted. No one can independently test gmo seeds any one who buys them has to sign a contract stating that they will not test the seeds in any way. It really amazes me how these companies have got away with it for so long, lobbying talks.

Chris123's picture

For true answers:
Evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops: www.gmo-news.com/2013/07/gmo-myths-and-truths/

as pdf download.