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
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.
I-SIS Contribution to ACNFP/Food Standards Agency Open Meeting 13 November 2002
Citaat: Horizontal gene transfer is one of the most serious, if not the most serious hazard of transgenic technology. I have been drawing our regulators’ attention to it at least since 1996 , when there was already sufficient evidence to suggest that transgenic DNA in GM crops and products can spread by being taken up directly by viruses and bacteria as well as plant and animals cells.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Institute of Science in Society, PO Box 32097, London NW1 0XR