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Negative GM studies ‘unfairly targeted’

Scientists have spoken out about what they believe to be ‘double-standards’ in assessments of studies on the effects of genetically-modified crops, in light of the retraction of a high-profile paper.

According to researchers from the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, scientific papers that indicate possible detrimental effects of GM crops are subjected to higher standards of scrutiny, and criticised for limitations that are also present in many accepted papers.

“Use of such double standards is a common response from scientists calling for GMO deregulation and, somewhat surprisingly, also from some government authorities, to studies that show negative environmental and health effects of GMOs,” said Hartmut Meyer, who has co-authored a paper on the subject in the Environmental Sciences Europe journal. “Only those studies that find problems are subjected to excessive scrutiny and rejected as defective.”

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