GMOs are NOT Safe: Scientists Signing on to GMO Dangers by the Hundreds




On October 21, 2013, the European  Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER)  posted a statement, “No  scientific consensus on GMO safety”, to let the world know there are some very  bright minds with very real oppositions to genetically modified  organisms. In the short time that it’s been live, the number of  signatures on the statement has grown considerably to 231, including one  scientist who helped to commercialize the first GM food, the Flavr Savr  tomato.

Dr. Belinda Martineau is a former member of the Michelmore Lab at the  University of California Davis Genome Center, where she worked on the technology  for the first GM-whole food. Now, however, she isn’t so convinced about its  value.

In backing the statement against GMO safety, Dr.  Martineau wrote:

“I wholeheartedly support this thorough, thoughtful and professional  statement describing the lack of scientific consensus on the safety of  genetically engineered (GM) crops and other GM organisms (also referred to as  GMOs). Society’s debate over how best to utilize the powerful technology of  genetic engineering is clearly not over. For its supporters to assume it is, is  little more than wishful thinking.”

Martineau isn’t alone. Numerous other esteemed scientists have stepped  forward to voice their concerns with GM technology. While companies behind  genetically-modified foods would have you believe there is nothing to worry  about and that all GMOs are risk-free, positive additions to the food system,  they simply aren’t telling the whole truth.

Read: 800  Scientists Demand Global ‘GMO Experiment’ End

Scientists who add their name to the statement agree:

“We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed  consensus on GMO safety does not exist. The claim that it does exist is  misleading and misrepresents the currently available scientific evidence and the  broad diversity of opinion among scientists on this issue. Moreover,  the claim encourages a climate of complacency that could lead to a lack of  regulatory and scientific rigour and appropriate caution, potentially  endangering the health of humans, animals, and the  environment.”

These scientists object to the GMO machine’s allegations that there is a  consensus in the scientific community about the safety of these foods. No such  consensus exists. Many scientists oppose such language because it misleads the  public into thinking no risks exist when there simply isn’t enough information  to call GM foods safe, and there is information to the contrary.

While critics of the statement are quick to say the signatories on the  statement are all members of the ENSSER, that simply isn’t true. Though some  are, most are not, and the ENSSER’s role, according to the organization itself,  has only been to coordinate and publish the statement, not to campaign for  signatures.


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