Skeptic News: French protesters destroy imported GM soya

From: RFI

About 100 protesters climbed to the tip of a silo and poured ricin oil over the soya on Friday morning so as to render it unusable.

The grain was destined to be used as animal feed, they said, and they wanted to alert the public that GM products were present in meat, despite France’s restrictions on their cultivation.

The campaigners are demanding and end to GM soya imports, which come mainly from Latin America, labelling of transgenic products and a revival of grain cultivation in Europe.

There is broad scientific consensus that food on the market derived from GM crops pose no greater risk than conventional food. No reports of ill effects have been documented in the human population from GM food

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One Response to Skeptic News: French protesters destroy imported GM soya

  1. I believe the Scottish government bans the production of GM foodstuffs here, and has for some time, so I don’t know which parties to blame for this. See e.g. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/transport-environment/fears-grow-that-gm-crops-will-be-forced-on-to-scottish-fields-1.1041980
    They were advised otherwise by their scientific panel, but were convinced to the contrary by a folk group from the Black Isle, who said they had fallen ill after eating some.

    Of course, all crops and all domestic animals in their non-native state are genetically modified by human activity, and all life genetically modified by some 3.5 billion years pre-human activity. Standard methods for developing new varieties depend on accelerating mutation by using ionising radiation, or mutagens. I feel a lot less comfortable with that than I do with the controlled transfer of genetic material.

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