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Talk: “What Risks for What Benefits for GMOs and Pesticides?” New Findings Presented in Parliament

Immediate release (15 May 2009)

Calls to Pete Riley 0845 217 8992 or 07903 341 065

The results of research on the toxicity of the world’s best selling herbicide, Roundup, on human embryonic cells will be outlined for the first time in the UK next week.

Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini [1] will present the findings of research, which suggest the marketed product may be more toxic at levels typically found as residues in food than the active ingredient which is responsible for killing vegetation. Professor Seralini’s paper [2] concludes that:

Professor Seralini will speak at a meeting organised by GM Freeze and chaired by Peter Ainsworth MP in Committee Room 12 of the House of Commons from 17.00-19.00 on 19 May 2009 [3].

Roundup is manufactured by Monsanto in various formulations for agricultural, urban and garden use. It is extensively used in North and South America on GM crops that are imported into the UK for animal feed.

Commenting Pete Riley of GM Freeze said:

We are delighted to be able to offer Professor Seralini the opportunity to explain his research findings and answer questions. Roundup is very widely used and any suggestion that it may be more toxic than first believed should be taken very seriously.

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Calls to Pete Riley 0845 217 8992 or 07903 341 065.

Notes
[1] Professor Seralini works for the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) based at the University of Caen in France.

[2] See www.criigen.org/press-release_Rup_0507.pdf.

[3] Please phone 07903 341 065 if you would like to attend.