At the bottom of this post is part two of ten brief videos tackling one GMO myth at a time. The videos are produced by Greenstate TV and the guest for the series is Dr. Kevin Folta. Rick Eberstadt, the man on the other side of the skype connection is responsible for these short interviews and as I’ve said before, did two with me several months ago. 
I particularly like this second installment of the myth series because it speaks to the extreme damage done to the public perception of GMOs by just ONE collection of photos. Here it is to the right, poor rats with tumors bigger than their heads. Who could forget them!
Dr. Folta rightfully shames Giles Seralini , the purveyor of the now infamous and retracted study of a Roundup and GMO corn diet that was said to cause a group of rats to grow grotesque tumors. Seralini just conveniently forgot to mention that the control group, the group NOT fed GMOs and Roundup, also had tumors. Why? This species of rat is PRONE TO GROW TUMORS.
Now, I’m no scientist of course, but even I can see the gross misuse and misrepresentation of the scientific method in this deplorable study. I admit that at first, I was horrified by it too, like anyone would be, but even my son, fresh out of two years of IB chemistry and biology, said upon hearing my account of the study, “what about the control group?” Once I pondered the fact that the control group had been omitted, I remember thinking why didn’t Seralini do a better job? And the omission of the control group was just one of the many flaws in the study, though it was perhaps the worst one. It was disappointing to say the least. And furthermore, this was before I converted to pro-science, back when I, myself, was still anti-GMO.
This study did more to dissuade me that GMOs are dangerous, frankly, and was one of the several mini-moments of truth I experienced as an anti-GMO blogger that started to wear on me and make me question if I was in the right camp.
It was, as many of you know, Folta himself who, via an email exchange with me a few months after the study was published, hammered the final nail in the coffin of the anti-GMO movement and convinced me, through sound reasoning, good information and evidence, that I had indeed chosen the wrong camp.
But as Folta says in the video, this one graphic, this iconic meme, has nonetheless elicited fear in people all over the world and is still doing so. A lot of damage has been done here. And like he says, it is truly sad that so many people are needlessly frightened.
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 Read the concise wiki account of the Seralini Affair