You know all those biotech shills who still claim that there is no ‘science’ behind anti-GM claims? What if millions of members (PDF download) of the global medical community disagreed? There is no consensus on the safety of GMOs, though numerous organizations believe that they should be labeled at the very least.
As Environmental Sciences Europe explains:
“For decades, the safety of GMOs has been a hotly controversial topic that has been much debated around the world. Published results are contradictory, in part due to the range of different research methods employed, an inadequacy of available procedures, and differences
in the analysis and interpretation of data. Such a lack of consensus on safety is also evidenced by the agreement of policymakers from over 160 countries – in the UN’s Cartagena Biosafety Protocol and the Guidelines of the Codex Alimentarius- to authorize careful case-by-case assessment of each GMO by national authorities to determine whether the particular construct satisfies the national criteria for ‘safe.’”
Without a label, there is no traceability, no accountability, and no liability. Likely the way that Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and others want it. But this is certainly not something we have to accept. GMO labeling is, in fact, doctor-recommended.
Who exactly recommends GMO labeling, at the very least? Check out this list of some organizations, many of which collectively represent more than 8 million individuals:
- 1. American Public Health Association
- 2. British Medical Association
- 3. Australia Public Health Association
- 4. Bundesärztekammer (German Medical Association
- 5. National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
- 6. Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
- 7. California Medical Association (CMA)
- 8. Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals
- 9. Ontario Public Health Association
- 10. Viennese Doctors’ Chamber (Ärztekammer für Wien)
- 11. Illinois Public Health Association
- 12. American Nurses Association
- 13. Indiana State Medical Association
- 14. American College of Physicians
- 15. Australian Medical Association (AMA)
- 16. Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
- 17. American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM)
- 18. Washington State Nurses Association
- 19. Dignity Health
- 20. Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology
- 21. Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility (PSGR)
- 22. Health Care Without Harm – Healthy Food in Health Care program
- 23. Irish Medical Organization
- 24. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
- 25. Physicians for Social Responsibility
- 26. Council For Responsible Genetics
And the list goes on – it is replete with doctors, nurses, public health officials, and even geneticists. Yet Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, etc want us to believe there is no science that proves GM foods are questionable? All those doctors, nurses, and health workers must be confused.
We aren’t mistaken, though. GM foods need to be labeled so that they can be avoided by those who don’t want to eat potentially carcinogenic, spontaneous abortion, organ-damaging crops.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.