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GMO: The Referendum, The Propaganda, Its Backers & Their Lies

Where does this discussion leave us? Each side, in the end, brings the whole argument back to one crucial bone of contention: science has/hasn’t demonstrated that GMO are safe.

I doubt I’m the only out there to be confused by the conflicting conclusions brought forward by reputable scientists with studies to boot on both sides of the debate. I’m not more of a microbiologist than the average consumer and citizen, so who am I to evaluate what The Science has established as fact?

What I know is this: there is a whole lot we don’t know. That’s precisely why the European Union, for instance, decided in 1998 to apply the precautionary principle. This states that “if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action” (Wikipedia). The consequent moratorium on GM crops is still effectively in place in the EU despite many attempts to overturn it.

A similar conclusion was reached by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), a four-year international research program funded by the World Bank and six U.N. Agencies. Its report was endorsed by 59 nations in 2008. It states that “there is a wide range of perspectives on the environmental, human health and economic risks and benefits of modern biotechnology; many of these risks are as yet unknown.”

So much for the “anti-science” accusations brandished by the anti-Prop 37 side against anyone who dares question the safety of GMO.

Much to the pro-GMO camp’s dismay, some of the public instinctively errs on the side of the precautionary principle. It should be only fair that the onus be on those who truly are to reap the financial rewards of GMO to offer the irrefutable proof of what they claim: that GMO are beneficial to mankind.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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11:17PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

No GMO

3:19AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thank you :)

8:18PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thanks

9:58AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you Laetitia, for Sharing this!

10:03AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

I'm so sad 37 didn't pass.

3:58PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Yeah, I hate the lies that our food bills will rise so much if prop. 37 passes. Let's see, a one cent sticker that says "GMO" on it.....

3:47PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Prop 37 where’s James Bond when we need him?
Monsanto wants control seed to control food, It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. More evil than Spectre!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUC1u02GF5I&feature=youtu.be

8:18PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

thank you!

2:07PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thanks for letting us know and keeping us informed. I try to not eat GMO foods and am currently looking for GMO free dried pet food and I'm not finding it easy. GMO is mentioned on some food products, but we also have to read the ingredients to double check.

5:06PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

NO GMOS

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