Scientific consenus on GM foods safety ‘overwhelming’
More than 90 scientists, academics and physicians added their names to a statement published this week which challenges claims from the
The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) released the statement in the week after the World Food Prize was awarded to employees of GM seed giants
Dr Little said: “Biotech crops are among the most extensively tested foods in the history of food safety.
“In 2010, the
“This year, the representative body of the national science academies of the EU Member states agreed, saying that ‘there is no validated evidence that GM crops have greater adverse impact on health and the environment’ than any other crops produced using plant breeding techniques.”
Dr Little added that an estimated three trillion meals containing GM ingredients have been eaten around the world over the last 13 years “without a single substantiated case of ill-health”.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that: ‘No effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved’.”
Dr Little said the WHO’s statement was backed up by government regulators around the world, including the
“Every legitimate scientific organisation that has examined the evidence has arrived at the conclusion that GM crops and the foods they produce pose no risk to human health or the environment beyond those posed by their conventional counterparts,” added ABC Australia.
Meanwhile, EU farming groups, including the NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland and the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), have added their name to a different letter, which voices “deep concern” about the effects of GM policies and regulations in the EU.
In an open letter sent to the
The letter states that the lack of options for GM technology available to farmers in
“This letter demonstrates the strength of feeling in the agriculture sector across
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