Recently, the Herald ran several pieces extolling the virtues of genetically modified foods and asserting their safety, most notably two On Science columns by Garth Buchanan.
Buchanan also politely implies that anyone opposed to this very new technology is irrational, uneducated and basically a Luddite.
I have been opposed to GM foods for more than 20 years. There are many reasons for this, based in real science and too extensive to cover in a letter to the editor. I am not irrational, uneducated or a Luddite. I know the difference between correlation and causation. I also know how a controlled scientific experiment is conducted.
Currently, the whole world is in the middle of a massive uncontrolled experiment. The consequences of this may never be fully known because no concrete data can be obtained. There is no benefit-to-risk ratio when the risk is destruction of life as we know it on this planet, the only one we have.
I encourage the reader to do your own research. Recent controlled experiments as well as massive amounts of epidemiological evidence have shown many risks to our health and the health of our planet. Ask yourself, why has it taken more than 20 years for anyone to conduct a lifetime feeding study on rats that only takes two years to complete? Maybe because the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and other regulatory agencies are a revolving door for biotech and chemical industry lawyers and scientists. The FDA has only required 90-day feeding studies on rats to prove safety. Most of these studies have been conducted by the very company seeking approval.
The fact is we just do not know enough about how DNA functions to be changing it around and releasing it on a mass scale into our environment and bodies. I would be happy to speak to any reader who is interested in more information. I also challenge Buchanan to a public, panel-mediated debate.