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.
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.
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.”
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
as Anthony Gucciardi recently detailed on NaturalSociety, this would be
bad news for Monsanto following the recent Supreme Court decision that they
have the ‘right’ to patent life.
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.
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?
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.
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.