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800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” End

Elizabeth Renter
May 24th, 2013
Updated 05/08/2014 at 10:29 am
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gmo scientists 263x164 800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” EndDid you hear about the 800 esteemed scientists who came together and demanded the production of genetically modified crops and products be stopped? Scientists who called on world powers to re-evaluate the future of agriculture and seek sustainability rather than corporate profits? Don’t be surprised if you haven’t, as the mainstream media won’t touch this one.

Eight-hundred scientists did make such a demand. They made it first over a decade ago and they have updated it over the years, adding signatures and release dates. Still global powers have all but ignored their calls.

The Institute of Science in Society is a non-profit group of scientists from around the world, dedicated to bringing an end to what they refer to as the “dangerous GMO “experiment. In their open letter to the world, they have highlighted why governments need to stop genetically modified crops now – before there are irreversible effects on the health of the people and the health of the earth at large.

The Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments calls for “the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years.”

They also want patents on organisms, cell lines, and living things revoked and banned. Such patents (a sort of corporate version of “playing God,”) “threaten food security, sanction biopiracy of indigenous knowledge and genetic resources, violate basic human rights and dignity, compromise healthcare, impede medical and scientific research and are against the welfare of animals.”

And as Anthony Gucciardi recently detailed on NaturalSociety, this would be bad news for Monsanto following the recent Supreme Court decision that they have the ‘right’ to patent life.

Scientists Speaking Out

In the beginning, after its first draft in 1999, the letter had just over 300 signatures. Since then, it’s grown significantly. At the writing of this article, the document has 828 signatures representing 84 different countries.

While we are told by Monsanto and the FDA that GMOs are nothing to worry about and instead safe tools for the future of agriculture, a growing number of esteemed scientists seem to disagree. So, who’s listening?

The letter has been presented to numerous governments and organizations, including the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, the World Trade Organization, and yes, even the U.S. Congress. The letter has been shared at these venues, but it doesn’t seem like anyone was listening.

The populous has to dig for information like this. We have to seek out the news sources willing to cover it, because we won’t hear about this letter on the nightly news or through a governmental agency. No, the U.S. government wants you to fear what they want you to fear (“terror” and crime, for instance), but they certainly don’t want you to fear the information and the food they are putting on your table. Or the GMOs they are funding with your taxpayer dime.

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  • seidu

    OMG! May HE save mother earth, ameeenn!

  • seidu

    Oh,no, no, no!

  • InvidiaAbsit AKA 800LbGorilla

    Where is this list of scientists?

  • jazzfeed

    IMO the 800 lb gorilla in that’s been in the room but is now in our face is a collusion – the US-Biotech BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP. Current example: “U.S. Government Ties El Salvador $277 Million Aid Package to Monsanto’s GMO Seeds” and

    For the US, a means of strengthening imperialism by creating massive food dependency. (Fortunately for Russia, Putin appears to see the GE scam for what it is.)

    For Monsanto and their ilk of sociopathic chemical pushers the partnership is a means to protect and continue to expand their sterility-inducing fraud. The US can play both political thug and military thug for Monsanto and ilk (in case Monsanto’s own paramilitary squad can’t handle a ‘local situtaion’).

    Rape is an apt analogy. Like a rapist who won’t understand “No”, they rape DNA and they’ll rape national sovereignty as a means of propagation if they can, as in El Salvador right now.

    Government Biotech > Eaters :: Win Win > Lose

    * Over 7 years ago one of the first wicked leeks was an email about literally punishing France and the EU for questioning and resisting GMOs, authored by none other than the United States Ambassador to France. Remember? Never heard about it?

    Another example, different country, same biotech corporitis infecting Indian government …

    “India’s spying bureau serving interests of foreign corporations”
    The IB (Intelligence Bureau), India’s top intelligence agency for internal security, has spent time and public money authoring a reportthat accuses citizens’ groups, NGOs, and individuals of threatening the national economic security of India. Their crime, according to the IB, is to oppose socially and environmentally destructive “development projects”, including the introduction of GMOs. Dr Pushpa Bhargava, the father of modern biotechnology in India, joined Indian citizens and civil society organisations in condemning the report.

    “What you are seeing is not just a consolidation of seed companies, it’s really a consolidation of the entire food chain.”—Robert Fraley, co-president of Monsanto’s agricultural sector

  • Derek Mathias

    800 scientists on the list is nothing. In the US alone there are some 600,000 scientists with degrees relevant to the GMO issue…which means 800 scientists (assuming they all even have relevant degrees) represent barely over 0.1% of the total. Interestingly, there is a similar percentage of scientists who support so-called “creation science.” In other words, 800 scientists represent the same fringe numbers as creationists.

    Thus, this article doesn’t help the anti-GMO position at all…and in fact it undercuts it severely! Too many anti-GMO complaints are based on poor or nonexistent science. If we can’t do better than that, nobody should be paying attention to the anti-GMO position anyway….

    • Larx

      Well you may have a bit of a point on that 800, and maybe not all related to the GMO debate, but they are still scientists that can read and understand studies better than the average person.
      But that being said whether or not GMO is safe is very easy to figure out, but the fact that Monsanto refuses to give it’s seeds to research groups to test independantly kind of hurts their credibility as trustworthy. Also China has turned back now 3 or more huge shipments of GMO food from the US, and they are burning some fields as well. Add that to the list of countries that are banning it either fully or partially, and you have to wonder…are all these countries wrong? Or are they right? The country list grows, the shipments being refused grows, so maybe there is something there. I don’t think all these countries are stupid. I’m sure they have their scientists that have done these studies and have found something that caused these refusals, and/or bans.
      If Monsanto wants credibility and to be trusted, let other independant firms test your seeds to see the truth.

      • Derek Mathias

        I can’t respond to why (or even if) Monsanto won’t provide seeds for study, but popularity of a movement doesn’t necessarily correlate with fact or intelligent behavior. A good example is religion: there are literally billions of Muslims and billions of Christians in the world. Their beliefs are mutually contradictory, so at a bare minimum billions of people on one side or the other (or both) are wrong. That is why an argument from popularity is considered a fallacy.

        If there were valid studies done linking GMO products to health issues, they would be published in the scientific literature. That’s how the process works. But since every major scientific organization agrees GMO foods don’t pose a health risk, I side with their assessments.

        • Larx

          Well I thank you for your input, but religion is an intangible unprovable thing at this point. No disrespect to anyone or any religion, but to date we have no proof of any God or Gods or anyone/anything else yet, so that argument is a bit different.
          The GMO debate is quite simple. Let different firms test the seeds, and the results will show whether it is good or bad.
          And if you think that published research is not governed by higher levels of government or organizations than you need look no further than taught history, current medicine, and hey even the 911 commission report. Certain organizations and govts block or place pressure where they think is needed to get the results they need or want. That is known. So if you believe all published or rather not published information is 100 percent correct, well then I don’t know what to say.
          But why all the countries banning it, or burning the crops that they had for testing? Are all those countries following along with the ‘popularity’ of being anti-GMO?! I think not. I think they have conducted their own studies and found GMO not to be safe enough at the current time for mainstream production in their countries. There has to be something there…

          • Derek Mathias

            Sure, there have been the occasional incidents of doctored data and government/corporate pressure on scientists to support ideology, monetary income or whatnot. But the beauty of the scientific method is that claims are testable by other scientists worldwide, which is why false published claims rarely stay undiscovered for long. The results are usually career-ending for scientists. So for what you’re saying to be true, there would have to be a global conspiracy among all the world’s major scientific organizations to hide the truth about GMO dangers. That’s simply not credible.

            Perhaps Monsanto’s behavior is suspect, but pointing at them and painting all GMO products as dangerous is equivalent to pointing at the VA scandal and claiming all medicine is dangerous.

            • Larx

              Then why oh why do they spend hundreds of millions of dollars to stop GMO labelling?? Funny it’s law to have to label something having MSG, may contain nuts, seeds, milk or eggs, etc., in it, but not GMO?
              Then won’t share seeds for peer testing….something is very fishy.
              You have to admit that they look guilty!
              And there have been many studies done that have been blocked by media and scientific journals. If you think scientific journals can’t be bought, well……
              Basically the people want unbiased double blind, peer reviewed, tested by multiple firms unrelated to any country or govt to see the results for the truth. Whatever comes of those test is the answer. That’s all we want!

              • Derek Mathias

                Sorry, but I don’t buy those claims. Seeds not available for peer testing? If they weren’t available, farmers couldn’t get them either. And since we don’t label artificially selected organisms, why label GMOs? And since scientific journals live and die by their reputation, blocking scientific articles would be suicide. So although it is of course still possible that GMOs have problems, the fishiness is in the anti-GMO claims, which smack of irrational conspiracy theories. What matters is the science, and the scientific community has found no evidence to suspect foul play to date.

                • That Food Man

                  Monsanto generally inhibit independant research of their seeds as stated in their technology stewardship agreement, come one guys research before saying things like “i dont buy those claims”…

                  If they allow research to take place they have right to review it before it is published and oppose the study if they believe it infringes their product. What people forget is they have patents on these seeds that gives them a huge amount of control.

                  Farmers are allowed to purchase them because they are biotech corps biggest customers.

                  “In this paper, I make a stronger argument; in some areas of research in the US – in particular, research on GM seeds – patents and patent licenses can be, and are in fact being, used to prohibit some research”

                  “n order to obtain access to GM seeds for the purpose of research, scientistsmust ask permission from the relevant seed companies, describing in detail the designof experiment to be performed, and then negotiate the terms of the agreement, includingthe conditions under which the results of the experiment can be publicized (Waltz 2009).The process of requesting approval is itself a deterrent; it can be time consuming, andthere is no guarantee that seed companies will grant permission to perform research anddisseminate research results. Indeed, there are several cases – some to be discussedlater in this section – in which seed companies have either refused to comply with arequest for research or refused to allow research results to be publicized.”

                  “J Grower may not plant and may not transfer to others for planting any Seed that the Grower has produced containing patented Monsanto Technologies for crop breeding, research, or generation of herbicide registration data. Grower
                  may not conduct research on Grower’s crop produced from Seed other than to make agronomic comparisons and
                  conduct yield testing for Grower’s own use.”

                  Most if not all the scientists that endorse it have patents on seeds, do some googling its all there…

                • Larx

                  SImple. Independant labs have to release their information to the govt and for the public (if the public makes a request through freedom of information act), but Monsanto and their scientists refuse to. Why? What are they hiding? Sure makes them look guilty…

                  Also when I refer to seeds they won’t make available, it is the seeds that have been kept out of the mass production facilities. The independant test seeds and exact copies thereof.

                  Take a look at what you say- that scientific studies are not suppressed. Do you really believe what you say? What matters is the science? Yes that matters, but only the Monsanto science matters because any other science apparently is all a sham!! The 2 year Seralini study in France is the most comprehensive GMO study ever conducted, and it showed the true results and they of course did their damnest to suppress it. (( Look up the study and read for yourself. Monsanto and 6 scientist say it’s crap, but 1200 scientist swear on their career that the study is flawless and tells the real truth. Where’s the conspiracy there?!! They first said he used the wrong rats in the study. But when it was found he used the same ones as Monsanto, they changed their argument that he used tainted seeds. But when it was found he bought seeds directly from a certified Monsanto supplier, they changed their story again, and again, and again and so on. there is something fishy, but from Monsanto. As for suggesting no foulplay, are you kidding me?? FDA has ex Monsanto employees, the scientific boards that review GMO studies in the study mentioned above was chaired by a ex Monsanto employee yet again!! Fishy…dam right!!

                  Look this argument is never ending…Thre is a simple way to get the truth.

                  Monsanto and all the independant labs release their studies, results, seeds used and all protocols involved in the studies. Let every country in the world see this infomation and whatever comes out of it, so be it! Why not treat it like a court case? Both sides present their information, and the answer will reveal itself.
                  My feeling is, and over my 20 years of pyschological and philosophical research and over a hundred years of the fields research has proven, is when you won’t whats behind your back, you will never be trusted. When it looks like your hiding something, you usually are!

        • Romeo Bollen

          Well the point is that countries are refusing them for not being proven to be safe. By an independent research facility.
          If you ban a product after you have proven it to be unsafe, it will have already killed more than a few people especially if the effects only show up after cumulatif usage.
          We have accepted study’s in the past proving that cigarettes are healthy. And guess what, all cigarettes are now proven to be harmfull!!!

  • Surly Curmudgen

    I lean toward a ban on GMO or at the very least much tighter control over the genetic modifications. This list however of over 800 scientists does much to destroy their argument. A group of forty to fifty scientists with degrees germane to the field of plant genetics would carry much more weight than the 800 plus, many of which have a “not even close to science” degree. A long list of that nature is often used to pad a lie. The same ploy was used on climate warming.

  • Jacqueleen

    Satan rules Monsanto and company…..meaning shareholders and followers. Enough is enough. Money is the root of all evil….Monsanto is evil..

  • Sallie Dodd Butters

    I'm eliminating one Corporation after another from my list of products to buy and or eat….We must STARVE these monsters!

  • Sober

    Need to dig a bit deeper here….

  • 1rityls

    Read the list of signatures. It's not 800 scientists; many of them are not scientists at all. Others have PhD's but not in the life sciences (Google'd one and found his PhD was in biblical studies). It's this kind of sloppiness that makes me never trust a word that anyone promoting "natural" or "organic" solutions says.

    • Campbell

      Do you prefer “troll”,or “shill”?

      It doesn’t take a PhD to recognize stupid when you see it.

  • Bud

    Good news

  • Erika

    You think this is bad, check out plastic island….. Then you might really feel sick

  • Karen Wickstrom

    I wonder what all the news media and their families eat? It seems like they and all their fmailies would be affected too. I wish there was a planet where they would go and take along all their genetically altered seeds with them.

  • Keith

    We the people are but 'sheep' to these idiots that think money is what makes the world go round. . Money is worthless, its good food, health, friendship and love that makes us carry on the way we are. . To be fair to them Hungary have started something the rest of the world needs to take note from and follow suit. . Its only when these stories get media coverage that it might start to get noticed by the masses. . Share this post and hopefully it will start sooner than we think!!!

  • E. Sturgess-Myers

    Did the Australian govt. take any notice of this letter…..As I know we have GMO Canola in my regions backyard…

  • Deb

    There is only ONE way to defeat GMOs. Let your money speak for you and STOP buying food that even MIGHT contain GMOs. Monsanto and the rest of the pro-GMO companies (the majority, if not all, of the big names) only understand one thing – profits. We can moan and groan about it and waste our time trying to get food labeled, but I’d bet they only laugh at us. Stop lining their pockets and I guarantee they will understand and will not be laughing any longer. When the profits stop, the GMOs will be defeated. There is absolutely no other way that will work.

    • truth seeker

      buycott is back up and works well with a few kinks but it is back in the play store one of the best ways to boycott the companies that defend gmo's around the world

  • Terence Stone

    The deeper we descend into the Dantesque GMO Hell, the more should be working to form local food sustainability networks, seed collecting and trading. It will all become highly illegal of course, but who gives a damn about criminality under the law when ethically we know that the GMO giants and the rest of Agribusiness are the real crooks.

    Vandana Shiva and millions of Indians know better than the rest of us that rebellion is the only answer. Monsanto and Syngenta only gained a foothold in the Punjab before more than 250,000 farmer suicides convinced the rest of India that MonSatan was loose amongst the pantheon of their Gods.

    In 1945 more than 40% of Americans lived off what they could produce in their own backyards. Just act for goodness sake. We only have each other to rely on.

  • Chris

    Everyone needs to become aware of GMO and what the risks are!!!
    Does it not make you wonder why food stuffs cant be labelled I they contain GMOs??? Maybe the contamination is so big that it would be easier to label food what does Not contain GMOs??
    Who are the people that allow companies to patent life….how can we let this happen???
    Enough!!!! Put a stop to it NOW.

    • Robbie

      the government allows it and the courts back it up.

  • abinico warez

    If GMO is so harmless and equivalent, why do govt cafeterias serve only organic.

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  • Becky

    i forget what country it was in but, in protest to GMO, they burned an entire corn field. it's a start…..

    • Veronika Jose


    • Aisling Kelledia

      and China. They've also put GM rice on the burn list.

  • Nicole

    Someone's been eating their GMO corn .We don't need the letter… The awareness plan is in effect .We will harvest the masses with the truth …….

  • George Fallon


  • Anonymous

    FIrst off, trying to tout an open letter that's THIRTEEN years old is hardly relevant. More importantly, have you actually looked at the list of names at the end? A vast number of them appear to not even be scientists relevant to the field (if scientists at all), let alone esteemed ones.

    • truth seeker

      yeah government troll you should leave this post you cannot silence us or stop us from our mission to expose your lies and betrayals on the human race

  • PLNH

    Oh happy day! My organic seedlings are proliferating!! Romaine, Red leaf, spinach, chives, carrots, and peppers!! All looking healthy without Roundup or Bt toxin!!

  • David McElroy

    The corporatist goal is total dominion. That is why Monsanto and other GMO seed producers have been given legal immunity not only from independent research, but personal health damages and farmers' complaints about non-GMO field crops being contaminated by cross-pollination from patented GMO plants. But Monsanto can than sue farmers whose crops turn up with cross-pollinated produce, and those farmers not only lose the suit, they lose their farm to the corporatists. It is a plan to own and control all food stuffs on Earth!

  • Gwynn

    maybe the mainstream media won't talk about it, but FB has MILLIONS of users………post, share, repeat…………….remember the shampoo commercial from the 70's……….she told 2 friends and they told 2 friends, and so on and so on and so on…………………………

  • .O.W.N my own stuff

    Hmm, could governments be silent/complicit/thick as a plank on other matters that affect us?

  • linda marimpietri

    It makes me sad that there are now only two comments regarding this issue.

    • Sheryl

      A lot of people read, but don't comment – I rarely comment, unless I find another comment insulting, so don't underestimate the number of people who have read this article, and even passed it along!

    • Carol Micelsen

      I pass on posts about GMOs on my FB page about 4-5 times a day. It is all over FB.

  • StopDemockery

    NO MO GMO!

    • GuardDuck

      When will Global GMO "Experiments" STOP????