Touch the Soil News #395
Recently, the news media made a lot of hoopla over a new report by the National Academies of Sciences (NAS). The NAS report authors concluded that they found no evidence of adverse effects from human consumption of GE foods. Unfortunately, the media took this to mean “GMOs are safe to eat”.
The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) however, has already taken the NAS report to task.
- It was discovered that half of the report’s committee members have or have had ties to the biotech industry – or to industry-sponsored groups.
- The NAS report did not review the risk of GMO growing practices (requiring heavy use of chemicals) on farmworkers and their families.
- The NAS report did not asses the human and environmental impacts of using glyphosate and 2,4-D. on crops genetically modified to survive application of these dangerous chemicals.
- The NAS report did not asses the issue of a handful of corporations controlling roughly 60 percent of the commercial seeds globally.
- The NAS report does, however, reveal that the yield claims by GMO proponents does not stand up to real world experience – it does not solve world hunger. The 20 authors of the NAS study agreed that GMO crops have not contributed to measureable increase in crop yield or even readily identifiable economic benefits for many farmers.
Following is a media news clip on the findings. Note the video does not mention possible conflicts of interest by the reports’ authors and assumes that just because they found GMOs no worse than other foods that make us sick that GMOs are safe: