The GM industry must have been scratching its head on Thursday morning following news that yet another of its key claims had been spectacularly demolished. Far from benefiting the environment, as Monsanto spent millions of pounds telling us it would, we now know that genetically modified crops are bad for diversity. That at least is the conclusion of the Government’s long-awaited field trials.
Third World Network Biosafety Information Service, 28 July 2003.
Monsanto has maintained that there is no difference between GM soybeans and its conventional strains. But according to a Japanese scientist, whose report is attached below, safety tests conducted by Monsanto are riddled with flaws that include: testing of proteins not derived from the GM plant; soybeans used for tests were not produced with Roundup, therefore the data obtained with such samples may not be valid to guarantee the safety of soybean that human and animals consume in real life; insufficient feeding experiments; and intentional neglect of “inappropriate” data which have a bearing on the final conclusions.
“US strong-arming cannot make Europeans eat GM food. A European GM food boycott will only expose the underlying weakness of globalisation and the existing trade protocols that accompany it.” says Jeremy Rifkin, in The Guardian. Monday June 2nd
UK Environment Minister Michael Meacher addressed an historic gathering at which dozens of prominent scientists launched themselves as an Independent Science Panel (ISP) to counteract what they see to be a concerted campaign by the government and the scientific establishment to promote genetic modification (GM) under the guise of ‘sound’ science.
Zie I-SIS: Michael Meacher At Launch of Independent Science Panel
Noel Lynch, a Green Party member of the London Assembly, brought some good news to the conference. He reported that the Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has included the following statement in London’s Biodiversity Strategy: “The mayor will oppose commercial or experimental release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the environment in London”. The Greens in the Assembly are now lobbying determinedly for the Mayor to declare London a GM-free zone.
In the strongest message yet delivered to the world, Zambia’s Minister of Agriculture, reaffirms his country’s rejection of GM food, and spells out his ambitious plans to make Zambia self-sufficient. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports on an exclusive interview.