GM-pollen in Honey: a constituent or an ingredient?


Post by John Davison, Research Director (retired), INRA Versailles, France.
WinnieIn 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) made a judgement regarding the case Bablok and Others v. Freistaat Bayern(1). Honey produced on Bablok’s farm was supposedly found to contain pollen from genetically modified MON810 maize(2, 3). It should be noted that no accredited scientific evidence regarding quantification  of MON810 pollen in Bablok’s honey was ever published.

Based upon these ‘facts’, and with reference to Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003, the ECJ concluded Bablok’s honey contained ingredients produced from GMOs within the meaning of the regulation. The situation was further complicated by the fact that MON810 maize was authorized for cultivation and consumption but, at that time,  MON810 pollen was not authorized as food (this has now been rectified). The threshold for unauthorized GM-pollen is 0%.

The ECJ decision was taken without…

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Pulling on a web string #10-25 | Frankenpolitics: The Left defence of GMOs

Excellent overall debunking of anti-GMO arguments by Leigh Phillips, a scientific writer and journalist.


Some background: Last September, Red Pepper , a progressive UK magazine, published a brief article,  “Silenced GM scientist speaks out against biotech coercion“, on its website about Gilles-Eric Seralini, the French molecular biologist sharply criticised by the scientific community for his infamous and headline-grabbing GMO-rat-tumour study, and promoting his British speaking tour. I’ve written for the magazine for many years and was furious that this discredited quack was being taken seriously by my colleagues. An extended email to the editors explaining the problems of the left-anti-GM position evolved into an essay for an upcoming print edition, which then turned into a multi-page debate between me and my friend Emma Hughes, a campaigner with the (really great) London-based environmental group Platform and who is also an opponent of genetic modification. 

The print edition has finally come out, but due to understandable space constraints, the full essay had to be condensed.

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Reading along #12 | Latest anti-gmo study: More bullshit.

This is a blog I just discovered thanks to my Twitter pals and I think it does a pretty good job at debunking “popular belief”, often conflated with so-called common sense, which is usually pure prejudice and easy stereotyping, when it isn’t outright “nonsense”. This post is about the latest pseudo-scientific scoop from anti-GMO activists in the form of another completely flawed study on animal consuming food made of genetically modified plants (GMP). As some of my friends stated, this so-called long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM maize diet mostly demonstrates that anti-GMO scientific activists mostly mistreat their laboratory animals. This post also shows that Monsanto isn’t the only evil out there on the GMO battle field. Their adversaries aren’t better! And this, of course, leaves us pounder whether our interests are so much better defended by these people than by those they claim to oppose!

Contrary to popular belief

This is getting ridiculous. More anti-gmo nonsense science showing the harmful effects of gmos. It’s called  A long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM maize diet.

I hesitate to link to the study because I don’t want to give them the traffic. I was also going to summarize factually why this study is so lame, but the biotech squints and other smart people were immediately on the case like ugly on Ronnie Cummins, totally discrediting it on every level.  I have posted links to those dissections below.

But in a nutshell, the study claims that pigs fed gmo corn got sick.  They had more stomach ulcers, or not.

Mark Lynas: GMO pigs study – more junk science

Farm and Food Care: Canadian experts convinced GMO swine feed study is deeply flawed

Cami Ryan: From ‘I smell a rat’ to ‘when pigs fly’, bad…

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