March against Monsanto 2013. langellephoto.org

March against Monsanto 2013. langellephoto.org

Last week, NowToronto.com published “The Twisted Truth on GMOs” by Michelle Adelman. The article explores the difficulty scientists have faced when their research calls into question the safety of GMOs.

The suppression of independent science is an important chapter in the story, explaining how research into GM safety, which could have led to important health discoveries, stalled.

(Primatologist Jane) Goodall’s fame might shield her from attacks aimed at other internationally respected scientists who have questioned GM food safety. Many, such as Árpád Pusztai, Manuela Malatesta and Gilles-Éric Séralini, have limped away discredited, their careers in ruins, after reporting weakened immune systems, liver, pancreas and testes malfunctions, and massive tumours, among other effects observed in lab rodents fed on a GM diet.

The article also makes brief mention of genetically modified trees as a developing factor in the debate over GMOs.

Nonetheless, we’re on the cusp of an unnerving new era of novel life forms. It includes the first GM trees – eucalyptus and apple – recently approved in the U.S. and Brazil.

See the article in its entirety at NowToronto.org.

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