Background: In this series I am going briefly through the "600" studies held on the GENERA database, published at Bifortified.org, in the order in which they were listed on 18 Sept 2013. The general purpose is to counter the extraordinary claims that the entries on this list demonstrate the human food safety of GM crops. See the Introduction to this series.
My Great Big List of Studies: Entries 5 & 6 – Aeschbacher et al 2001 & Aeschbacher et al 2001
Entry 5 was referenced as:
- "Aeschbacher, K., L. Meile, R. Messikommer and C. Wenk. 2001. Genetically modified maize in diets for chickens and laying hens: influence on performance and product quality. Proceedings: International Symposium on Genetically Modified Crops and Co-products as Feeds for Livestock, pp 41-42, September, Nitra, Slovak Republic."
Entry 6 was referenced as:
- "Aeschbacher, K., R. Messikommer and C. Wenk. 2001. Physiological characteristics of Bt-176 corn in poultry and destiny of recombinant plant DNA in poultry products. Annals of Nutr. And Metab.45(Suppl. 1):376."
I couldn't locate any reference to Entry 5 on the web. Entry 6 was found in the citations of other studies, but as an abstract, viz…
Along with the Aeschbacher Entries at 3 & 4, Entries 5 & 6 provided no further information beyond that formally reported in Aeschbacher 2005 at Entry 2, I am drawing a conclusion that these were simply abstract reports of the one body of work, presented at various meetings. I could be corrected.
The first time I went through this Big List of studies, originally housed on the "GMOPundit" website and captured in December 2008, it had 232 entries, of which two were from Aeschberger – those at Entries 2 & 3 in this current list.
The second time I went comprehensively through this Big List, captured in May 2011 it had 362 entries, including the same two Aeschbacher entries.
Now the list (captured September 2013) has 600 entries, and five in respect of Aeschbacher but seemingly for a single body of research work. It looks to me as though people are dumping any discovered references randomly onto the list without any investigation into what the references actually represent beyond a slight reference to inquiry in the GM arena. It looks like the object is simply to make a Very Big List – a list of "overwhelming evidence" to blow people away with - a list to stop people asking whether GMO crops are safe – a PR tool, as it is being ably used by many GM promoters.