Feb 28, 2008

Victoria gets ready to lift GM crop ban

Victoria's ban on genetically modified food crops ends tomorrow with a curious briefing for journalists, writes Katherine Wilson.

Victoria’s ban on genetically modified (GM) food crops ends tomorrow — and following widespread media exposure of the putative health and environmental hazards of GM food, chief scientist Gustav Nossal will be joined by three scientists for a media conference to brief journalists on "Which concerns [about GM food crops] are the most justified? Which risks can be managed and which can’t?".

Yet tomorrow’s briefing is "vested interests masquerading as public interest science," claims Greenpeace spokesperson Louise Sales. Comprising scientists who campaigned in support of lifting the bans, it was organised by the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC), which claims itself "free of bias". But absent are any independent scientists who warn of dangers of GM food, like biochemist and nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM, or medical scientist Professor Stephen Leeder, or epidemiologist Dr Judy Carman, or crop research scientist Dr Maartan Stapper. There are many others.

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  1. Tom McLoughlin

    Reads alot like next cane toad to me. To the line up of scientists questioning transgenic integrity is Dr Allen Greer principal research scientist herpetology Australian Museum, writing a general wrap in The Australian Higher Education page 40, 13 Feb 08

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