‘ALTERED GENES, TWISTED TRUTH’ AUTHOR STEVEN DRUKER EXPLAINS WHY MONSANTO’S ‘DARK ACT’ PRE-EMPTION DESERVES DEFEAT.

Public interest attorney Steve Druker with a MUST READ piece on why GE food is NOT safe, why ‘DARK’ Act pre-emption concepts are WRONG and why pre-emptions deserves DEFEAT. Jim

“Some of the greatest confusion involves food safety. For instance, the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Pompeo, declared that consumer demands for labeling of GE foods have nothing to do with health or safety, and its other supporters have backed that assertion and proclaimed that no legitimate food safety concerns exist… But this is flat-out false. For example, science-based concerns about the dangers to human health were repeatedly raised in memos written by the technical experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when they analyzed the risks of genetic engineering in 1991. The pervasiveness of the concerns within the scientific staff is attested by a memo from an FDA official who asserted: The processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different, and according to the technical experts in the agency, they lead to different risks’…

“One of the strongest set of cautions appeared within an extensive report issued by the Royal Society of Canada, which declared (a) that it is ‘scientifically unjustifiable’ to presume that GE foods are safe and (b) that the ‘default presumption’ for every one of them should be that the genetic alteration has induced unintended and potentially harmful side effects…

“Laboratory testing has confirmed the legitimacy of the concerns, and a number of well-conducted research studies on GE foods published in peer-reviewed scientific journals have detected statistically significant instances of harm to the laboratory animals that were consigned to consume them. Moreover, a review of the scientific literature on GE foods (itself published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2009) concluded that ‘most’ of the safety assessments have not only indicated problems, but indicated that ‘many GM [genetically modified] foods have some common toxic effects.'”

http://www.independentsciencenews.org/science-media/the-gmo-dark-act-cannot-survive-the-light/