Monsanto rejoices as UK Minister ignores the scientific, safety and market arguments against GM crops

owen paterson on return from chinaIn one of many reports, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, is said to have asserted that genetically modified crops must be approved by the European Union if British agriculture is to avoid becoming “the museum of world farming”..

Monsanto, Bayer etc must have appreciated his statement that EU members should approve a new strain of maize in a vote later this month.

Scientific discoveries over the last decade have fatally undermined the assumptions on which GM technology was based, but still elementary precautions are not being taken in many countries:

  • No tests are done to check whether GM food is safe for people to eat.
  • The US Government relies on tests that the GM companies themselves do.
  • No testing is done anywhere in the world to look at the long term impacts, for example, of eating GM food during a lifetime.

The market argument: not a single British supermarket has said they will stock GM crops and British consumers remain just as opposed to GM food as ever.

Links to news of the scientific and safety issues may be seen here: http://gmandchemicalindustry9.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/the-continuing-benefits-of-the-precautionary-principle/

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Posted on January 8, 2014, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Parliamentary failure, Planning, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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