22/10/2013 News / Scientists Say ‘No Consensus on GMO Food Safety’

Scientists Say ‘No Consensus on GMO Food Safety’

Health & Nutrition, 22/10/2013

An international group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians – including Right Livelihood Award Recipients Hans Herren and Vandana Shiva – released a statement today saying there is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.

The statement was issued in response to recent claims from the GM industry and some scientists, journalists and commentators that there is a “scientific consensus” that genetically modified organisms (GMO) were generally found safe for human and animal consumption. The statement calls these claims misleading and says, “This claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist.”

Signers of the statement are calling for the compliance to the precautionary approach to GM crops and foods internationally agreed upon in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and UN’s Codex Alimentarius.