Wednesday, May 29, 2013

800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” End

Did 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.”
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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25 comments:

  1. I'd like to talk with the person who posted this. Get in touch with me through Weekly Women's GMO Free News.

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    1. Hi Laurie here is my original post on APP http://appprecautionaryprinciple.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/isis-open-letter-from-world-scientists-to-all-governments-concerning-genetically-modified-organisms-gmos/

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    2. It's only an experiment if you don't know the final outcome?

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    3. Hi Laurie Here is a follow up post from the ISIS Scientists http://appprecautionaryprinciple.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/isis-open-letter-from-world-scientists-to-all-governments-concerning-genetically-modified-organisms-gmos

      ISIS Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified...
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      Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) We, the undersigned scientists, call for the immediate suspension of all environmental releases...

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    4. Follow up http://appprecautionaryprinciple.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/ban-gmos-now-health-environmental-hazards-especially-in-the-light-of-the-new-genetics-in-this-special-isis-report-httpwww-i-sis-org-ukban_gmos_now_-_special_isis_report-php/

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  2. "For the price of coffee, you could save your life and the lives of the people around you—read Monsanto vs. the World and find out how to say NO to Monsanto and genetically modified food."

    http://monsanto.ultraculture.org/

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  3. Petition media for coverage of GMO letter from 800 scientists

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Petition_media_for_coverage_of_GMO_letter_from_800_scientists/

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    1. Thank you for bringing this petition to light.. have signed and shared.

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  4. It is truly appalling what agribusiness has been up to and even more disturbing the US government complicity. But this is good news that scientists are speaking out and staying on top of the problem. Correction: populace instead of populous.

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    1. Fine job of spell checking sir! *salutes*

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  5. Doesn't seem that significant.

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  6. wow, 800? That's like almost every scientist in the world, right? Unbelievable!

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    1. Have you ever tried to get just 2 scientists to agree on ANYTHING? getting 800 to do so means at the very least it needs a deeper look.

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    2. Real scientists agree all the time - your thinking of comedy hollywood scientists.

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  7. Nice blog...go scientists GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Woo hoo! :)

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  9. I love the constant media implication theres just a "generic" scientist. Doesn't mater what they study or for how long. As long as your a scientist your views are worth equal weight on whatever issue.

    Also, the idea that GM is universally good/bad, regardless of the type of GM it is.

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  10. GREAT POST! Keep it coming EducateInspireChange!

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  11. Can you post the letter the scientists wrote?

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  12. Hi there. This is actually very funny. Hilarious even. Did you by any chance take a look at the source and who these "scientists" are? If not, go back to take a closer look.

    Here are a few that have unique names and qualifications.

    1. Dr. Dennis Smith poopy den s Afghanistan
    118. Dr. M. Murphy Pediatrician *NAMBLA* Canada
    95 Prof. Dennis Dennis poopy none Canada
    146 Dr. Ye Hua over 20 000 pieces hand painted oil painting and picture frames in stock for sale at lowest prices http www art98 com China

    In the future, if you're interested in double-checking your sources so that you don't post this kind of disinformation, I encourage you to ask questions in GMO Debate: https://plus.google.com/communities/117135118029982877593

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    1. Where did you get those names/ and their qualifications from?

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  13. this is of utmost concern to all of us that want to know...I understand that Russia and some other nations are considering very measures if U.S>A. doesn't DO something!!!
    P.S. there's been an substantial decrease in European and U.S.A. bee populations; some contend it is because their food (G.M.O.) plants are POISONING them...

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    1. That's right. We need to get starve these companies of cash and profits, and do a mass non-compliance. They currently have a monopoly on Home Depot and other home improvement store shelves. And have or government subsidies, whether the people like it or not.

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  14. This is amazing! I'm glad these scientists are standing up and offering such an incredible resource for examination!

    Check out how I've paired the GM industry against the UN Biological Warfare Convention here:

    http://www.bodywyse.com/#!gmofree/c11v2

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