31 January 2003
BMA SLAMS "TOTALLY INACCURATE", "WRONG" BBC REPORT
The British Medical Association, Press Release
see BBC online report the BMA is saying is totally inaccurate here:
For immediate release: Friday 31 January 2003
BMA ON GM CROPS: CLARIFICATION
Following reports on BBC Online and Radio 4 News today about the reasons behind the BMA's forthcoming review of the science of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, Head of BMA Science and Ethics, made the following statement:
"Today's BBC reports stating why the BMA would be undertaking a future report of GM crops and food is wrong.
"The BMA's report from 1999 was an interim report reflecting the early stage of scientific evidence reviewed. A round table meeting with scientists with knowledge of the developments in research and other parts of the evidence base is planned for later this year.
"That meeting might lead to a new report from the BMA - a second Interim statement - if the Board agrees there is sufficient new evidence to merit such a report. Obviously we cannot predict what any such report would say. To do so would make the concept of gathering and considering the evidence nonsense.
"The claim that we have been persuaded by the organisation 'Sense about Science' to review our policy is simply wrong. We have informed Sense about Science about our plans to review the science about this subject.
"The BBC also states that our planned review on GM crops is happening because we have a new director of science - this is also totally inaccurate."Ends