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The Séralini study found that GM corn caused tumors in rats. Photo: smereka / Shutterstock.com
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Scientists pledge to boycott Elsevier

ISIS - Institute of Science in Society

5th December 2013

Following the retraction of the Seralini et al scientific paper which found health damage to rats fed on GM corn, over 100 scientists have pledged in this Open Letter to boycott Elsevier, publisher of the Journal responsible.

To: Wallace Hayes, Editor in Chief, Food and Chemical Toxicology; Elsevier

Re: "Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize", by G E Séralini et al, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology 2012, 50(11), 4221-31.

Your decision to retract the paper is in clear violation of the international ethical norms as laid down by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), of which FCT is a member. According to COPE, the only grounds for retraction are

  1. clear evidence that the findings are unreliable due to misconduct or honest error,
  2. plagiarism or redundant publication, or
  3. unethical research.

You have already acknowledged that the paper of Séralini et al (2012) contains none of those faults.

This arbitrary, groundless retraction of a published, thoroughly peer-reviewed paper is without precedent in the history of scientific publishing, and raises grave concerns over the integrity and impartiality of science. These concerns are heightened by a sequence of events surrounding the retraction:

  • the appointment of ex-Monsanto employee Richard Goodman to the newly created post of associate editor for biotechnology at FCT
  • the retraction of another study finding potentially harmful effects from GMOs (which almost immediately appeared in another journal)
  • the failure to retract a paper published by Monsanto scientists in the same journal in 2004, for which a gross error has been identified.


The retraction is erasing from the public record results that are potentially of very great importance for public health. It is censorship of scientific research, knowledge, and understanding, an abuse of science striking at the very heart of science and democracy, and science for the public good.

We urge you to reverse this appalling decision, and further, to issue a fulsome public apology to Séralini and his colleagues. Until you accede to our request, we will boycott Elsevier, i.e., decline to purchase Elsevier products, to publish, review, or do editorial work for Elsevier.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.


 

The background to this open letter is described in Retracting Seralini Study Violates Science & Ethics (ISIS report). and on this website at Scientific journal retracts study exposing GM cancer risk

You can sign the letter on the ISIS website. Also, please see this page for the full current signatory list.


 

Signed by (Scientists)

  1. Daniele Agostini MD Public health Epidemiology Health environment , Bologna, ITALY
  2. Norman Albon PhD Bristol Crystal growth Semiconductors Lipids membranes UK France USA Norway , retired, Chesham, UNITED KINGDOM
  3. Michael Arconada Natural Biological Medicine www.naturalhealthmethods.org Director of Research, 1981, Sag Harbor, UNITED STATES
  4. David Ashton MA Cantab VetMB MRCVS, Hitchin Hertfordshire, UNITED KINGDOM
  5. Elisabeth B Cking PhD, GERMANY
  6. Michel B Gin Ph D Microbiology, CANADA
  7. Alick Bartholomew MA in geology University of Cambridge, Bath Somerset, UNITED KINGDOM
  8. Henry A Becker BE MSc ScD FCIC Killam Laureate 1992 Engineering Medal 1990 Prof Emeritus Queen s university, Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
  9. Reinhold Berz Professor of Medicine MD President of ThermoMed International DGTR Germany, German Society of Thermography and Regulation Medicine, GERMANY
  10. Thomas Blakeslee CalTech graduate 1962 My books are published in 9 languages , Thomas R Blakeslee, Westlake Village, UNITED STATES
  11. Wendy Burke Ryan Engineer, Sierra Vista, UNITED STATES
  12. Dr Maria Caparis PhD Marine Biology Marine Scientific Expert Consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme , GREECE
  13. Mingyu Chen Ph D Professor in Computer Science, Chinese Adademy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA
  14. E Ann Clark PhD Plant Agriculture University of Guelph retired , Ontario, CANADA
  15. James Cooley BA honors MA PhD developmental psychology, Lawrence Kansas, UNITED STATES
  16. Alain Cuerrier Botany ethnobotany systematics, Plant Biology Research Institute, Montreal, CANADA
  17. Joe Cummins Ph D Genetics Prof Emeritus of Genetics Distinguished Fellow of ISIS, London Ontario, CANADA
  18. Robert M Davidson MD PhD FAIS Internal Medicine Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, Texas, UNITED STATES
  19. Lucille Elna P De Guzman PhD Seed Technology, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, PHILIPPINES
  20. Emilio DelGiudice PhD High Energy and Quantum Field Theorist Prigogine Medalist 2009, Milan, ITALY
  21. James DeMeo PhD Geographical Earth Science and Climatology, Orgone Biophyscial Research Lab, Ashland Oregon, UNITED STATES
  22. Robert S Dotson MD Clinical Instructor University of Washington Medical Center Ophthalmology Department, Seattle Washington, UNITED STATES
  23. Philippe Elskens PhD photobiomodulation, Veurne, BELGIUM
  24. Irina Ermakova Prof doctor of biology, Russian Academy of sciences, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  25. Christopher Exley PhD Professor Bioinorganic Chemistry Aluminium and Silicon Research Group, Birchall Centre Lennard Jones Laboratory Keele University, Staffordshire, UNITED KINGDOM
  26. Pamela Fernandez PhD in Crop Physiology, University of the Philippines, Laguna, PHILIPPINES
  27. Michael W Fox DSc PhD BVetMed MRCVS veterinarian and bioethicist, Indian Project for Animals and Nature, Golden Valley Minnesota, UNITED STATES
  28. Alan Fredeen phd pag professor of dairy systems, dalhousie university, Truro, CANADA
  29. Sibylle Gabriel M A Cognitive Semiotics, Haute Savoie, FRANCE
  30. Luis Javier Garavito Barrera IQ 61UN CO MScChemEng MIT 64 USA, cand PhD ChemEng by Research UofBradford 68 UK , LJGB C a SCS, Bogot D C , COLOMBIA
  31. Bryan Gardham B Sc Plant Biotechnology , CANADA
  32. Roberto Germano Solid State Physics MSc PROMETE srl CEO, PROMETE Srl, Napoli, ITALY
  33. Adrian Gibbs BSc PhD ARCS FAA, ANU Emeritus Faculty, Canberra, AUSTRALIA
  34. Xiulin GU PhD Agricultural and Resource Economics 1999 Univ Hawaii USA , Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming, CHINA
  35. Julian Haffegee M Phil Biophysics, Webmaster and Productions Editor Science in Society, ISIS, Milton Keynes, UNITED KINGDOM
  36. Sue Hammond MD retired , UNITED STATES
  37. Nancy Haynes Medical Laboratory Technician, UNITED STATES
  38. Joseph Heckman PhD Soil Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, UNITED STATES
  39. Kaj Henriksen PhD Ass Professor emeritus Environmental Engineering and Biology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, DENMARK
  40. George Hewitt Chartered Civil Engineer project director for Nation Agriculture Centres International, Institution of Civil Engineers London, Bangor, UNITED KINGDOM
  41. Mae Wan Ho Ph D Biosafety Expert Quantum Biologist Prigogine Medalist 2014, Director Institute of Science in Society, London, UNITED KINGDOM
  42. Frieder Hofmann Dipl Biol Environmental Monitoring Vice Chair VDI Board Biodiversity GMO Monitoring Risk Assessment, Oekologiebuero TIEM Integrated Environmenatl Monitoring, Bremen, GERMANY
  43. Linus Hollis ScD ScD, Oakland, UNITED STATES
  44. Don M Huber PhD Plant Biologist Professor Emeritus Purdue University Melba Idaho, UNITED STATES
  45. Anthony Hughes B Sc Dip Chem Eng Dip Stats Lic Ac, Natural Medicine Clinic, Dublin , IRELAND
  46. Elizabeth Jacobo Magister Scientiae in Natural Resources Student of PhD in agroecology, Facultad de Agronom a UBA , Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
  47. Lilian Joensen Biologist PhD, Grupo de Reflexi n Rural, Buenos Aires , ARGENTINA
  48. Nejc Jogan PhD associate professor, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
  49. Brian John MA D Phil, Ex Durham University Dept of Geography, Wales, UNITED KINGDOM
  50. Rainer Krell Biology Entomology tropical agriculture PhD Guzi International Peace Price 2010, ITALY
  51. Louis Krut MB ChB MD University of Cape Town South Africa Adjunct Professor St Louis University, St Louis University, St Louis MO , UNITED STATES
  52. Jacques Larochelle PhD in cell physiology, Laval University, Quebec, CANADA
  53. Amyan Macfadyen Biologist Ecologist Soil Scientist Fellow of Inst Biol Zool Soc London Brit Ecol Soc R Irish Acad c C , Professor, Sheffield, UNITED KINGDOM
  54. Gerson Machado Biomedical Engineering PhD, MBD, Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL
  55. D L Marrin Hydrochemistry Ph D , UNITED STATES
  56. INDIRA MARTIN PhD Biomedical Sciences, Nassau, BAHAMAS
  57. Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA Award winning ex editor of medical journal, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
  58. Leovegildo Matos Animal Nutrition Veterinary Immunology, Embrapa, Goiania Goi S, BRAZIL
  59. Stacy Maurer PhD, Fairfield, UNITED STATES
  60. Daniel Mejia Economics drug policy, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, COLOMBIA
  61. Ted Mendoza PhD Agronomist, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, PHILIPPINES
  62. Christl Meyer http://christl-meyer-science.net/Neuer%20Ordner%20%285%29/CURRICULUM%20%20VITAE%202009.pdf, AIDS Research, Vienna, AUSTRIA
  63. Dittmar Michael particle physics and energy , ETH Zurich Switzerland, Geneva Switzerland, SWITZERLAND
  64. Belay Ali Million Researching on the role of participatory mapping for learning and change in the context of resilience and biocultural diversity, MELCA Ethiopia AFSA, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
  65. Peter Molenaar Distinguished Professor of Human Development Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, UNITED STATES
  66. Eva Novotny PhD Astrophysicist, Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM
  67. John O Brien PA C Board certified Physician Assistant, Littlerock Family Medicine Suite 101, Tumwater, UNITED STATES
  68. John W Oller PhD Professor of Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, UNITED STATES
  69. John Palmer PhD Prof of Mathematics retired University of Arizona, Tucson, UNITED STATES
  70. Randy Peele BS in Biology 40 years experience in horticulture and landscaping, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Seneca SC 29678, UNITED STATES
  71. Julio Perez Evolution bioinvasions PhD, Universidad de Oriente, Cumana, VENEZUELA
  72. Pietro Perrino Agronomist Genetisist and Botanist Conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources Former Director of Germplasm Institute and Research Manager, Bari, ITALY
  73. Steve Philbrick B A in Computer Science M Ed in Educational Technology M S in Computer Science expected May 2014 , University of Maine, Orono, UNITED STATES
  74. Alexis Pietak PhD Physics Queen s University Canada, Organic Electric, Kingston, CANADA
  75. Michel Pimbert PhD Agroecology Director Centre of Agroecology and Food Security Coventry University , Coventry, UNITED KINGDOM
  76. Gerald Pollack PhD Editor in Chief Water Prof Bioengineering University of Washington Prigogine Medalist 2011, Seattle Washington, UNITED STATES
  77. Arpad Pusztai FRSE chemist biochemist expert on nutritional and toxicological studies, Budapest, HUNGARY
  78. Paul Rosch MD Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry Chairman American Institute of Stress, New York Medical College, Hastings On Hudson, UNITED STATES
  79. Michael Rovine Ph D Professor of Human Development, Penn State University, University Park PA, UNITED STATES
  80. Matthew Rowland Bsc Hons Environmental Science, Transition Technology, UNITED KINGDOM
  81. Frank Rowson B Vet Med , Matamata, NEW ZEALAND
  82. Barry T Rubin Ph D Physical Chemistry Electrochemistry UNITED KINGDOM, Kings Lynn, UNITED KINGDOM
  83. George Ruta Physician M D , Cambridge, UNITED STATES
  84. Anthony Samsell PhD Scientist Consultant, Deerfield New Hampshire, UNITED STATES
  85. Peter T Saunders Ph D Theoretical Cosmology Prof Emeritus Applied Mathematics Biomathematician, Co Director Institute of Science in Society, London, UNITED KINGDOM
  86. Stephanie Seneff Ph D, Senior Research Scientist MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Cambridge Mass, UNITED STATES
  87. Rupert Sheldrake MA PhD, London, UNITED KINGDOM
  88. Vandana Shiva Ph D Quantum physics winner of Right Livelihood award numerous other prizes honorary degrees from numerous universities worldwide, Director of Navdanya, New Delhi, INDIA
  89. Eva Sirinathsinghji Ph D Neuroscience Molecular Biology Staff Writer for Science in Society, Institute of Science in Society, London, UNITED KINGDOM
  90. Gene Sperling Pharmacist Allergy Immunology, Breathe Rite Air, Thousand Oaks, UNITED STATES
  91. Oliver Springate Baginski PhD lecturer Natural Resources Environment, School of International Development University of East Anglia, Norwich, UNITED KINGDOM
  92. Gregory Sullivan research physician in neuroscience, UNITED STATES
  93. Nancy Swanson Ph D Quantum optics 5 US patents author of books, Seattle Washingon, UNITED STATES
  94. Roger Taylor BVSc PhD, Retired from Univ Bristol, Guildford, UNITED KINGDOM
  95. Scott Thomson PhD molecular immunology BSc in neuroscience , Royal Veterninary College, London, UNITED KINGDOM
  96. Lucija Tomlijenovic PhD, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, CANADA
  97. Colin Trier BSc PhD in Environmental Science CChem MRSC CEnv MIEnvSc, Grasp the Nettle Cooperative, Tavistock, UNITED KINGDOM
  98. David Tyler PhD MSc BSc Physicist, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
  99. Miquel Vallmitjana Molecular Biologist, Vall S Occidental, SPAIN
  100. Alberta Velimirov Quality of organic food, Vienna, AUSTRIA
  101. Kenneth Walton Molecular Biology PhD from Vanderbilt University in 1970 followed by 40 years of experience as an educator and researcher in the biomedical sciences, Maharishi University, Fairfield, UNITED STATES
  102. Peter Williams B Sc hons Ph D , Sydney , AUSTRALIA
  103. Dick Wullaert PhD Materials Science Functional water and nuclear materials research, Bioguard Industries Inc , Santa Barbara, UNITED STATES
  104. Oscar Zamora PhD Professor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, PHILIPPINES
  105. Victor Zue ScD MIT NAE Member Academia Sinica Member Okawa Prize winner, MIT, Winchester, UNITED STATES

 

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