Gilles-Eric Seralini, a French molecular biology university professor, is among the speakers at next week’s Taste of West Cork Food Festival, alongside Teagasc experts and local cookery guru Darina Allen.

Seralini may not be a household name in Ireland, but he contributed to making France an anti-Monsanto bastion with his 2012 study concluding that rats ingesting the firm’s genetically modified NK603 maize and/or water tainted with glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide “died two to three times more” and had more tumours than others.