Another Blow to Monsanto – French Court
December 9, 2015
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On 25 November 2015, the High Court of Paris indicted Marc Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, for “forgery” and “the use of forgery”, in a libel trial that he lost to Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini. The Biomolecular Engineering Commission has authorized many GM crops for consumption.
Prof. Séralini and his team found signs of toxicity in the raw data from Monsanto’s own rat feeding studies with GM maize. Fellous had used or copied the signature of a scientist without his agreement to argue that Séralini and his co-researchers were wrong in their reassessment of Monsanto studies.
It marks the second court victory for Séralini’s team.
On 6 November 2015, after a criminal investigation lasting three years, the 17th Criminal Chamber of the High Court of Paris passed sentence, with Marianne magazine and its journalist fined for public defamation of a public official and public defamation of the researchers and of CRIIGEN, which is chaired by Dr Joel Spiroux de Vendômois.
In September 2012, an article written by Jean-Claude Jaillette in Marianne magazine said that “researchers around the world” had voiced “harsh words” about the research of Séralini and his team on the toxic effects of a GMO and Roundup over a long term period – research that was supported by the independent organisation CRIIGEN. The journalist wrote of a “scientific fraud in which the methodology served to reinforce pre-determined results.”
The trial demonstrated that the original author of the fraud accusation, prior to Marianne, was the infamous American lobbyist Henry I. Miller in Forbes magazine. The long-term toxicity study by Séralini’s team was republished after the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted it under pressure from lobbyists.
After an intense lobbying campaign to discredit Seralini’s 2012 rat feeding study it became known as “that GMO cancer study that got retracted.”