Professor Parrott

Here, Professor Parrott singles out some GMO articles that earn a failing grade!

Because the peer review system is not perfect, and some articles that shouldn’t still get through,
and because junk science never takes a rest.

Goat kids nursing from mothers fed GM soybean have stunted growth

Source: Tudisco R, Calabrò S, Cutrignelli MI, Moniello G, Grossi M, Mastellone V, Lombardi P, Pero ME, and Infascelli F. 2015 Genetically modified soybean in a goat diet: influence on kid performance. Small Ruminant Research. 126 (Supplement 1), p. 67-74, 2015

Why does this article fail?

Computer predictions show that glyphosate-tolerant soybean will lack glutathione and accumulate formaldehyde

SourceAyyadurai, V.A.S. and Deonikar, P. 2015. Do GMOs accumulate formaldehyde and disrupt molecular systems equilibria? Systems biology may provide answers. Agricultural Sciences, 6, 630-662.

Why does this article fail?

New mathematical formula predicts that GM crops will bring global ruin

Source: Taleb NN, R Read, R Douady, J Norman, Y Bar-Yam. 2014. The Precautionary Principle (with Application to the Genetic Modification of Organisms). EXTREME RISK INITIATIVE —NYU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING WORKING PAPER SERIES

Why does this article fail?

GMO-fed pigs have irritated stomachs and thicker uteruses

Source: Carman JA, HR Vlieger, LJ Ver Steeg, VE Sneller, GW Robinson, CA Clinch-Jones, JI Haynes, and JW Edwards. 2013. A long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM maize diet. Journal of Organic Systems 8(1):38-54.

Why does this article fail?

GMO corn gives rats cancer

Source: Séralini GE, E Clair, R Mesnagea, S Gress, N Defargea, M Malatesta, D Hennequinc, J Spiroux de Vendômois. 2012. Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modifed maize. Food and Chemical Toxicology 50:4221–4231.

Why does this article fail?

93% of pregnant women and 69% of non-pregnant women tested had GMO-derived Bt protein in their blood

Source: Aris A, S Leblanc. 2011 Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modifed foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. Reproductive Toxicology. 31(4):528-33.

Why does this article fail?

GMO corn kills monarch butterflies

Source: Losey JE, LS Rayor, ME Carter. 1999. Transgenic pollen harms monarch larvae. Nature 399:214.

Why does this article fail?

GMOs cause intestinal issues in rats

Source: Ewen SW, A Pusztai. 1999. Effect of diets containing genetically modified potatoes expressing Galanthus nivalis lectin on rat small intestine. Lancet 354(9187):1353–1354.

Why does this article fail?