In recent days, Oregonians have witnessed first-hand the battle over genetically-modified crops in our food supply. Although Measure 92 addressed the pubic’s right to know what foods contained GMO components, another key issue in the debate is also being contested. GMO producers have begun to characterize the science behind the claims of GMO safety as “settled”. Of course, virtually all the research in the area has been done in industry-funded studies. Now, scientists worldwide are pushing back against these claims. As Bruce Blumberg, an endocrinology expert at the University of California, Irvine, says, “The science on these GMOs is not settled by a long shot.”

This has given rise to a new, independent research project of unprecedented scope, to study the issue. The research is to take place in Europe and Russia over the next few years. Perhaps this will lead to a better understanding of the potential risks, for, as Dave Schubert, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, has said, “The claim that there is a consensus among scientists that GM food products are safe … is simply a PR campaign sponsored by the industry.” Reuters has more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/11/us-gmo-science-idUSKCN0IV24C20141111

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