"We already know today that most of the problems that are to be addressed via Golden Rice and other GMOs can be resolved in matter of days, with the right political will." -- Hans Herren, winner of the World Food Prize 1995
Data on GM food must be shared with public: Nader
February 15, 2001 The Ottawa Citizen Tom Spears
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader was cited as saying that genetically modified food won't ever be safe unless biotechnology companies start sharing test data that are treated today as trade secrets, and that is the message he will bring to a conference in Ottawa tomorrow.
The conference -- Science and the Public Good -- is hosted by the Council of Canadians at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Nader was quoted as saying in a phone interview this week that, "This is a very tumultuous and provocative technology that is very hard to recall. Therefore it should be subjected to academic science, not corporate, secret science. Corporate science --Monsanto, Novartis-style -- is not peer-reviewed.'' Corporate science "is subject to confidentiality agreements, trade secrecy agreements, and the like. And that increases the risk that something could go wrong ... You build up the risk of mistakes, coverups.''