I retired 10 years ago after a long career as a research scientist for Agriculture Canada. When I was on the payroll, I was the designated scientist of my institute to address public groups and reassure them that genetically engineered crops and foods were safe. There is, however, a growing body of scientific research - done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries - showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats.
I don't know if I was passionate about it but I was knowledgeable. I
defended the side of technological advance, of science and progress.
I have in the last 10 years changed my position. I started
paying attention to the flow of published studies coming from Europe,
some from prestigious labs and published in prestigious scientific
journals, that questioned the impact and safety of engineered food.
I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that
their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide
applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of
course that they are safe to eat.
There are a number of scientific studies that have been
done for Monsanto by universities in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
Most of these studies are concerned with the field performance of the
engineered crops, and of course they find GMOs safe for the
environment and therefore safe to eat.
Individuals should be encouraged to make
their decisions on food safety based on scientific evidence and
personal choice, not on emotion or the personal opinions of others.
We should all take these studies seriously and demand that
government agencies replicate them rather than rely on studies paid
for by the biotech companies.
The Bt corn and soya plants that are now everywhere in our
environment are registered as insecticides. But are these insecticidal
plants regulated and have their proteins been tested for safety? Not
by the federal departments in charge of food safety, not in Canada and
not in the U.S.
There are no long-term feeding studies performed in these
countries to demonstrate the claims that engineered corn and soya are
safe. All we have are scientific studies out of Europe and Russia,
showing that rats fed engineered food die prematurely. Read More