There is no love in my tummy for genetically engineered foods or genetically engineered organisms of any kind whatsoever.
They scare the crap out of me.
As Ian Malcolm says in Jurassic Park. “Scientists are focused on whether they can do something. They never stop to ask if they should do something.”
Last night on COAST TO COAST AM the subject came up again.
Public interest attorney Steven M. Druker, as executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, initiated a lawsuit that forced the FDA to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. In the first half, he discussed what he considers to be the biggest scientific fraud of our age – how politically appointed administrators have covered up the warnings of their own scientists about the risks of GMO foods, and the lack of rigorous testing. When you look at all the evidence, from the FDA’s own scientists, and many other scientists, it’s clear that “genetically engineered foods entail a higher level of risk than conventional foods. That level of risk is unacceptable…No consumer should have ever have been subjected to that new amount of risk without very careful safety testing,” he remarked, adding that “it’s outrageous that a whole slew of these foods was allowed onto the marketplace in the United States in flagrant violation of federal food safety laws.”
As far back as 2001, an expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada released a report that faulted the then current regulatory system, noting that it’s scientifically unjustified to say that genetically engineered foods are safe, and the default presumption should be that unintended side effects can occur, and there has to be careful testing to rule out negative consequences. This report was ignored in the US, Druker pointed out, “and the mainstream scientific establishment tries to pretend…that every respected scientific organization has concluded these foods are safe.” That’s not true– the Royal Society, the Public Health Association of Australia, the Academy for Environmental Medicine, and editors of the esteemed medical journal, The Lancet, have all questioned the safety of GMO foods, he cited.