Pressure on Green Taliban MP to apologise



The other day Green Taliban MP Steffan Browning was outed for telling porkies.  Not surprisingly, he’s remained silent, hoping everyone will forget he said anything at all.

While that won’t be hard, Steffan Browning’s use of the Seralini study – a central plank for his GE activist mates, will continue to be an embarrassment for him.  

The Economist has run an article slamming Seralini and exposing a number of tactics used by the authors to try and limit criticism of their dodgy study.  Things like;

1.       Seralini demanded that journalists given advance copies could not seek independent comment on the contents before publication and face large fines if they did so thereby preventing any third-party criticism of the paper as they launched the study.

2.       Seralini had used Sprague-Dawley lab rats that tended to develop cancers as they reached their two year lifespan – without any peculiarities of diet. This meant it wasn’t clear how much the tumours were the result of feeding them GM maize and how much was by sheer chance.

3.       Scientific guidelines say a minimum of 65 rats should be used in each group in such a study, but Seralini only used 10 rats in each group.

Even our own Food Standards Australia New Zealand was listed as reviewing and refuting the Seralini paper, along with government agencies in Canada, Belgium, Denmark, and Brazil.

A key thing the Green Taliban don’t want you to know is this bit from the same publication that is now removing the Seralini paper,  finding “GM plants are nutritionally equivalent to their non-GM counterparts and can be safely used in food and feed.”

TransTasman had it right when then they said Browning gives the impression Parliament might not quite be the right environment for him.  It’s not.


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