A statement signed by over 300 scientists and legal experts to the effect that there is “No consensus” on the safety of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and foods has been published in Environmental Sciences Europe.
The report now belongs to the body of open peer-reviewed scientific literature and stands as a citable publication.
A report from The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility(ENSSER). Dr Angelika Hilbeck, one of the authors of the published statement and chair of ENSSER, said, “As well as receiving the endorsement of the peer reviewers at the journal, the statement has also been peer-reviewed and transparently endorsed by more than 300 scientists and experts from relevant fields of inquiry, including molecular biologists and biotechnologists.”
“Corporate agribusiness, with its reliance on GM crops andagrotoxic substances such as glyphosate, threaten food sovereignty and public health.There is an urgent need for a precautionary stance. We should avoid further releases of GMcrops and their associated pesticides into the environment and food supply.”
Professor of Molecular Genetics at UNAM
With all the misinformation out there, GMO arguments are easy to get into.
This report can at least prove that there is no consensus whatsoever to GMO safety, according to documented facts. Why they are being offered to the public in some countries without opposition yet banned outright in others is a matter that demands public scrutiny.
German Environment Ministry Seeks Unconditional GMO Ban
84% of Germans are against genetically modified plant cultivation, according to a survey by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.
Germany’s Environment Ministry is hoping for a complete ban on green genetic engineering. However, a Green party assessment warns that upcoming free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA could still bring genetically modified plants to the European market.
In a position paper from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Minister Barbara Hendricks outlines that she does not want to leave any back doors open for genetic engineering.
The GMO law must be changed, so that controversial green genetic engineering cannot be used under any pretext in Germany, she states in the document, according to a report in the Süddeutsche newspaper.
“Green genetic engineering has turned out to be the wrong track,” Hendricks said. It is risky for nature and the environment and is not desired by consumers.
“For this reason I would like us to use the EU rules in the future, that can guarantee freedom from genetic engineering in Germany,” she explained.
Golden Rice Debate
I’ve read and viewed much discussion on the implementation of golden rice, the GMO rice that is supposedly packed with goodness that is intended to help curb starvation around the world in the poorest areas.
An interesting report by Global Research makes some observations-(GM) rice containing beta-carotene to target specifically vitamin A deficiency in Asia. Promoted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), directly funded by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and others, along with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
The appeal to emotions and sickly children diverts from the real threat Golden Rice poses to the very people it claims to be helping. People who grow rice, grow it to sell to markets.
These markets are well-developed, based on indigenous agricultural technology and tradition. Linked to export markets with stringent requirements (many of which restrict or outright ban GMO).
Monsanto remains a nefarious transnational corporation to many in the public according to many a report
The introduction of GM rice for any reason would threaten or potentially destroy the livelihood of hundreds of millions of people. Proponents of Golden Rice suggest rice farmers replace their profitable crops with genetically modified rice that will treat only one of many vitamin and mineral deficiencies they may or may not potentially suffer from deficiencies that could be easily solved through other methods.
Clearly illogical in terms of “helping” the malnourished, Golden Rice must serve another purpose.
BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 4, 2014 (ENS) – A political agreement on new legislation to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms, GMOs, on their own territory – even if it is allowed at EU level – was reached by Parliament and Council.
As with many polarizing topics, it is best to allow the reader the opportunity to process information on their own. These reports contain various topics that are meant to be contemplated and explored. The declarative statement in this article is that there is no consensus on GMO safety.