GM scientist misleads European Parliament
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 01:15:43 +0100
From: "Christoph Palme"
Subject: SENIOR US GMO SCIENTIST GIVES MISLEADING EVIDENCE IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
SENIOR US GMO SCIENTIST GIVES MISLEADING EVIDENCE IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Prof. Martina Nevell-McGloughin in her introductive lecture for a hearing in the European Parliament on 12 Junuary 2011 portrayed the US regulatory system supervising GMOs as extremely well. She also said that the GMO risk assessment in the US would be extremely thorough and reliable.
This statement is false. Beginning with 2007 a host of highly regarded federal district courts in the USA dealt a sweeping blow to this assertion. All those courts held that the current practice of the supervising authorities (especially the Animal and Plant Inspection Service APHIS and the USDA) infringes (among others) the National Environmental Protection Act NEPA, because those authorities didn't conduct an environment impact statement EIS at all. Those decisions in July 2010 have been confirmed even by the US Supreme Court (Supreme Court of the United States, No. 09/475, June 21, 2010). The effect of those decisions is that marketing consents for genetically modified alfalfa and sugar beet were declared null and void and further marketing of those products banned, because this would be to dangerous for the environment and - due to contamination risks - for non GMO farming. So US courts bely the statements of Nevell- McGloughin since more than 3 years! Those decisions, which both concerned Monsanto products rocked the whole US regulatory system. It is hardly imaginable that an expert like Nevell-McGloughin, who has been working on prominent position since 1992 in the field of GMOs, didn't know that, when she gave her speech in the EP claiming just the opposite. This is even more true, as the first court order of this kind has been given by a district court in California (Geertson seed farms et al. vs. USDA et al, No. C 06-01075 CRB, Feb. 13, 2007): Nevell-McGloughin has been working since 1992 at the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Christoph Palme, legal advisor, court action gmos (Aktion Genklage) Germany, www.stopptgennahrungsmittel.de
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