Federal Regulators Favor Big Business with ‘Superficial’ GM Reviews

Feb 22, 2002

Federal regulators offer only “superficial” reviews of some GM crops and go too far keeping secrets to protect corporate interests, according to a report published by the National Academy of Sciences. The report, which was designed to investigate how the government evaluates the potential environmental risks posed by GM crops, is expected to fuel the debate over GM safety. It could even prompt changes in procedures at the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the body that approves GM crops engineered by companies for field trials, reports just-food.com.

Moderator Comment: Considering the criticism from
the National Academy of Sciences would you expect consumers to be more resistant
to GM crops or products with GM ingredients?

Proponents have been stating the case that their science
is sound and fears concerning the impact of GM crops come from an emotional
reaction and not an objective factual review. Considering the source of this
report, that case just got harder to make. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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