The Environmental Risk of Genetically-Modified Organisms: A Comparative Analysis of Related Articles

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Five months later in March 2013, the same journal published "Comments on 'Long Term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize'" by Dung Le Tien and Ham Le Huy. The "Comments" essentially took the form of a letter to the editor of the journal, Dr. Wallace Hayes, and called for "immediate action" regarding the study of Seralini et al (Tien, Huy, 2013, p. 443). This paper will provide a summary of each article, will compare and contrast the risk perceptions presented in each article, will identify the environmental stressors that are related to the environmental risk, and will conclude with a discussion of my own risk perception of the issue. In the study of Seralini et al. (2012) it is argued that the results of a 2-year study of rats fed "Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize) show a direct link between the GM corn and death: "In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly" (Seralini et al., 2012, p. 4221). Male rats fed GM corn were 4 times more likely to develop "large palpable tumors than controls which…
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