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Forum Post: Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Posted 9 months ago on July 4, 2013, 4:31 p.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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Signed by 828 scientists from 84 different countries

Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments

Summary

We, the undersigned scientists, call for the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years; for patents on living processes, organisms, seeds, cell lines and genes to be revoked and banned; and for a comprehensive public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security for all.

Patents on life-forms and living processes should be banned because they threaten food security, sanction biopiracy of indigenous knowledge and genetic resources, violate basic human rights and dignity, compromise healthcare, impede medical and scientific research and are against the welfare of animals.

GM crops offer no benefits to farmers or consumers. Instead, many problems have been identified, including yield drag, increased herbicide use, erratic performance, and poor economic returns to farmers. GM crops also intensify corporate monopoly on food, which is driving family farmers to destitution, and preventing the essential shift to sustainable agriculture that can guarantee food security and health around the world

The hazards of GMOs to biodiversity and human and animal health are now acknowledged by sources within the UK and US Governments. Particularly serious consequences are associated with the potential for horizontal gene transfer. These include the spread of antibiotic resistance marker genes that would render infectious diseases untreatable, the generation of new viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, and harmful mutations which may lead to cancer.

In the Cartegena Biosafety Protocol negotiated in Montreal in January 2000, more than 130 governments have pledged to implement the precautionary principle and to ensure that biosafety legislations at the national and international levels take precedence over trade and financial agreements at the World Trade Organization.

Successive studies have documented the productivity and the social and environmental benefits of sustainable, low-input and organic farming in both North and South. They offer the only practical way of restoring agricultural land degraded by conventional agronomic practices, and empower small family farmers to combat poverty and hunger.

We urge the US Congress to reject GM crops as both hazardous and contrary to the interest of family farmers; and to support research and development of sustainable agricultural methods that can truly benefit family farmers all over the world.

We, the undersigned scientists, call for the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years; for patents on living processes, organisms, seeds, cell lines and genes to be revoked and banned; and for a comprehensive public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security for all.

more: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php

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[-] 4 points by Renneye (3166) 9 months ago

Thanks ever so much Brad!

What a testament to what can be done when people come together globally under the umbrella of a common cause. Almost without exception, GMOs are a concern for everyone.

The request of a 5 year suspension is a most reasonable one, given the preliminary data...not only to further test GMOs, but to assess social questions regarding the life altering implications of global corporate control of our food supply.

One has to wonder if Monsanto's certain knowledge that this was coming, is the reason they recently bought the despicable 'Blackwater'.

Excellent find, Brad!!

I will cross post this thread onto gnomunny's Monsanto thread for further sharing of this very important development.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/monsanto-everthing-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-g/

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

I am afraid it will take far more than 828 scientists from around the world to persuade Congress of anything, let along getting them to act contrary to the will of the pharmaceutical industry. I'm certain there will be prognostications of dire stock market effects, and no end of wealthy investors who are either willing to support that perception or who are terrified by its possibility, and so market prices would slide. How far and for how long is the question.

I believe that to extract an agreement from the U.S. Congress in the form of a piece of legislation that is true to the measures advocated by these scientists will necessarily require significant and protracted pressure in the form of nationwide social unrest that threatens near riot conditions, placing onerous burdens on local communities such that they then appeal to their own representatives to act, which itself, when confronted by civil unrest, may become a measure of last resort.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

the problem is that simple answers almost never are.

  1. Some people tolerate toxic exposures better than others, and so will not be persuaded as quickly by physical manifestations of ill effects in others simply because they are not harmed.

  2. For such a boycott to be effective everyone would have to be on board, and that is not economically feasible.

They really do have the consumer by the balls. It is a proper function of government to prevent just such a situation, rather than this perversion that we have which results in its facilitation.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

The tide may be turning, albeit slow. From the 'Institute of Science in Society' paper entitled 'Ban GMOs Now:'

"In October 2011, the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition with the FDA to require labelling of all GM food. In 2012, 55 members of Congress wrote a letter to the FDA commissioner in support of the petition. The FDA has received over one million public comments supporting the petition, the largest response ever received by the agency. Meanwhile, 37 GM food labelling bills have been introduced in 21 states in 2013. In the latest move in Washington, Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Peter DeFazio have jointly sponsored new federal legislation that requires labelling of all GM food in the US. The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act is the first national labelling bill to be introduced in Congress since 2010."

It's a pitched battle to be sure, but what's important is to get the general public informed and involved.

Welcome back, by the way. Rumor has it, you've been missed. ;-)

[-] 4 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

I've been missed? NO WAY!

Are you sure, because the last site I was on just gave me the boot. I think I'm kinda proud of that fact even.

WorldTruth.org.

You should sign up, and post something like: whatever happened to the Boston Bomber? Did he just disappear?

It'll be fun. You'll get a good view of grass roots libertarian madness.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

Hmmm, booted from one website while on another, wax nostalgia. You are truly an enigma, my friend.

[-] 4 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

It was kinda fun. I enjoyed telling the righties how wrong they are. As a kid I used to throw stones at hornet nests, but now I've grown up and see them as the under dog so . . . .you know . . . . I needed a new target.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

There are targets aplenty nowadays, ZD. There shouldn't be any problem finding one.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

Well they do seem kinda thin around around here.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

Well, I can't vouch for their eating habits, but if you mean there aren't many around here, well . . . that's a good thing, right?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

among a group of individuals seriously committed to finding solutions to the day's current problems, yes, because all they offer are hysterical and high pitched wails of utter nonsense. And then like children, when you do not see things their way, they insist you must be a lizard.

Entirely counter productive in my view.

but that begs the question doesn't it? Are we actively looking for organizational strategies that will ultimately bring about the downfall of the ALEC Oligarchs and their associated conservative scum? Were we ever embarked on such a process? Are we even an organization anymore?

Because I don't see that we are, and if that is the case then what is left? Shall we not take our pleasure at the folly of fools? We may as well I say, in the hope that if nothing else perhaps our cruelty will assist in some small way in keeping their numbers at a minimum among the democratic polity . . . .

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

Even if everyone here was on the same page, on a single issue, there aren't enough of us here to get much done as a group. I don't see this forum as the tool to do that. The best purpose of this forum, in my opinion, is to disseminate information. If something clicks with one of us, then that person should take it and run with it and do what they think to the best of their ability.

For example, LeoYo and a few others have posted a wealth of good information about co-ops, which I think is one of the best ideas out there and people should definitely be doing things with it. I posted my slavery thread to enlighten us to what a widespread problem that is. It's then up to us to pass that info on to the people we know and hopefully a percentage of them will change their lifestyle a bit. Likewise the Monsanto thread, it's ammunition for those that learn something from it and again, hopefully people will pass that info on, like Builder's been doing in his neck of the woods.

I have no problem with anyone here getting involved in the political angle, it's one more tool we should use. But don't expect great political change from this forum. Best to get the info out there to the larger audience, like shooz posting all his ALEC and Koch brothers links.

Personally, I'm from the school of thought that our best weapon is starve the beast. Stop shopping Walmart, stop buying bullshit toys you don't need, stop buying things soaked in the blood of slaves and children. You'll never get a massive boycott started on this site, but that's no reason to just say "fuck it, I'll go to Wally World anyway."

I think one of the early predictions came true, that OWS would splinter into different factions, each playing to their strengths, like Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt. I think that's a good thing.

[-] 0 points by TikiJ (-38) 9 months ago

"Are we even an organization anymore?"

Not like it was, thats for sure. Although Restore the 4th did a decent showing.

The thing that never sunk is that some in Occupy did have a desire to get into the political aspect of things, but the demographics just made it impossible.

You cant get anarchists, communists, libertarians, socialists and then the average msm liberal to all work together on anyhting too specific.

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

well if we do not get specific damn soon, then we will be relegated to await the return of Jesus, or the utter extinction of humanity.

take your pick.

[-] 0 points by TikiJ (-38) 9 months ago

The thing is, the thing that Democrats thought would be the fire under their asses - occupy- was never set up for that from the get go.

Now whether that was done organically or intentionally is another topic.

But it never was. And everything died down shortly after 2012 started. And its now over half way through 2013, and there still isnt anything impressive happening on the Dems side. The only thing I hear from them are "we have to" and "we should" and then the few loons still clamoring at occupy events.

It's part of the reason I hate parties in general so much. It creates group think. Yes, if you can get something going it makes pooling resources easier, but until you get to that point its a real bitch.

Parties take away from the individual initiative that is needed to spur action. Take your quote - "well if WE dont get...." When in reality the only question is "What am I doing?"

And I know you help out during campaigns. And honestly, thats more than 99% are willing to do. We need more of that. Self governance.

But we cannot wait for party direction. The people are the country, as individuals taking the lead and making it happen. But it is discouraging, because we are only one individual. I cannot tell you how many things Ive set up, with lackluster turnout at best. And Im a better promoter than most doing it. Its tough.

Someone told me the other day my biggest weakness is that "you expect things to go differently with this set of humans than it has every single other time, throughout history"... That infuriated me.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

"You expect things to go differently with this set of humans than it has every single other time, throughout history."

What an uninformed and defeatist attitude. Like there's never been any radical changes in history? The French Revolution comes to mind, not that it's an option this time around, but people with that attitude deserve what they're getting.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 9 months ago

Thought you'd been abducted, ZD.

No cavity searches?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

There are no aliens. As it happens that is one of several areas where the World TRUthers and I sharply disagree.

But for all those inclined to speculate otherwise, I do suggest they hurry. After all, they would not want to be recycled . . .

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[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

WAY!

[-] 0 points by childseyes (85) 9 months ago

Isn't this why people are arguing for an Article V convention?

"I am afraid it will take far more than 828 scientists from around the world to persuade Congress of anything,

I've been reading here.

http://articlev.org/proposals/

By far the most substantial foundation for change we can find.

Congress and the senate/president have no authority over ratifications. They simply must abide by the amended constitution. Article V, as a lawful peaceful revolution is "social unrest" of the highest form. All other forms would serve it, if they can.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

Most credible versions of the Article V proposals focus on getting the money out of elections which the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United seemed to permit.

This is a lengthy process, it would be much preferable to act sooner than later on any of the issues of today. When it becomes necessary to resort to Article V as a solution then it is best to keep it focused very narrowly on a single issue.

And so if we were to begin a parade of Article Vs on every single issue before the public today - it would likely be the end of this century before they were resolved, by which time they would surely, one way or the other, be moot.

[-] 0 points by childseyes (85) 9 months ago

But preparing for Article V makes real sense, and getting the money out is a part of that proposal at articlev.org. Campaign finance reform by amendment.
Also, it is proposed to end the abridging of free speech. Of course if we did not create true free speech, it might take 'till the end of the century to resolve the issues brought forth at Article V.

All in all, in the research I've done on article V, posters here have really outlined some powerful strategy that is very comprehensive. I've asked a local non profit which promotes justice to examine the legal aspects that are over my head. Here's a bunch of links to discussion here.

preparatory amendment

http://occupywallst.org/forum/do-we-really-want-need-to-disarm-ourselves/#comment-901648

http://occupywallst.org/forum/it-is-time-for-revolution-libertarians-anarchists-/#comment-574618

http://occupywallst.org/forum/finally-i-understand-why-the-negative-posts/#comment-631393

http://occupywallst.org/forum/what-is-the-purpose-of-this-forum-why-are-you-here/#comment-639114

http://occupywallst.org/forum/should-we-be-the-world-police-who-should-be-the-wo/#comment-929986

http://occupywallst.org/forum/free-fall-in-slow-motion/#comment-930406

http://occupywallst.org/forum/keep-searching-for-ways-to-screw-the-corrupt-syste/#comment-931067

http://occupywallst.org/forum/aint-privitization-the-goal-of-all-good-republicla/#comment-931855

http://occupywallst.org/forum/federal-government-renews-push-to-disarm-veterans/#comment-936370

http://occupywallst.org/forum/would-a-one-world-government-end-war/#comment-936383

http://occupywallst.org/forum/anti-nuke-is-pro-99/#comment-944505

http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-99-can-force-all-states-to-adopt-this-plan-to-/#comment-946185

I notice that those promoting the preparatory amendment concept ask for comment on the overall effect at a convention of the preparation, there seems to be no answers.

I understand this as people being confounded by trying to imagine what true freedom of speech would do. Meaning this strategy is powerful beyond any expectation I had.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20477) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

we already have free speech - if the birthers and the truthers are not proof enough of that then I don't know what argument to present as proof, nor can I imagine what security of that freedom would suffice to put your mind at ease.

sounds like another attempt to confuse and confound the effort to curb big money in politics to me.

[-] 2 points by childseyes (85) 9 months ago

Population density changes free speech necessarily. PBS and public access tv exemplify this.

birthers and the truthers are false groups created to draw ridicule and compromise information. They are converted to anti free speech with generalizations towards all future information indicating paramount corruption in national government,

Still, conditioning of TV for generations, upbringing etc. raise the bar for actually getting information to enough people for it to matter and protect lives. Logically that is what the constitution intends with the 1st amendment.

Yes, campaign finance was a major point.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 9 months ago

Congress is bought and paid for. Urging them to do something that is against the wishes of their owners is quite pointless. Boycott anything GMO or GE. Only when consumers stop buying their poisoned food, will growers feel the pinch.

Wake up, or watch your children die, or become infertile.

This is war. The icy cold war.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4024) 9 months ago

Excellent.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

scientist like to study and explore systems

why would there choose no to study Genetically Modified Organisms

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 9 months ago

as long as companies like monsanto & ge & exxon own our democracy,
it will be impossible to legally curtail crapitalism's profit motive

OWS: http://corporationsarenotpeople.webuda.com

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 9 months ago

no but we can make the simple monetary profit making not as attractive

[-] 3 points by bensdad (8977) 9 months ago

to do that
raise taxes on the 1% & corps
to do that
pass HJR29
to do that
elect more 99%ers like

The Best 99%ers

Bernie Sanders
Elizabeth Warren
Alan Grayson
Wendy Davis ( TX )

James Clyburn
Tom Harkin
Al Franken
Tammy Duckworth
Sherrod Brown
Amy Klobuchar Patty Murray
Angus King
Sheldom Whitehouse
Ron Wyden
John Conyers
Donna Edwards
Peter Defazio
John Lewis
Ed Markey
Rick Nolan Mark Pocan

Yes – none are perfect,
but would ANY of their R opponents have done
ANYTHING better than they did? ANYTHING?

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

Maybe I missed it Brad, but as near as I can tell that letter is dated 13 years ago. Please tell me I missed something. I'd like to think this was a new development.

[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 9 months ago

yes... it appears as an on going letter... allowing new signatures at any time....

earliest ref....

Previous versions of this letter were submitted to many governments and international forums including:

World Trade Organization Conference in Seattle (November 30 – Dec. 2, 1999)

and if you read thru the site... this looks like the most recent content; ... 05/ 24/13

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Ban_GMOs_Now.php

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5689) from St Louis, MO 9 months ago

Yes, it does appear to be an open letter although it hasn't been submitted to any official bodies since June of 2000. So, it was well worth posting here, and thanks to Renneye cross-linked on the Monsanto thread. Thanks for posting it, because it compelled me to do some further reading on the i-sis site, some of which I'll be posting on my thread. Anything else you find, definitely post about it, but I ask that you also post in on my thread for future reference if you could.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

wow

are we afraid we might be able to develope life in our image

because that would make us gods

[-] 0 points by Kavatz (464) from Edmonton, AB 9 months ago

Great find!

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[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

In compliment : Food 4 thought - the following is a talk about a disease and perception and consideration being backwards or otherwise incorrect. I took this talk and expanded it's meaning ( for me ) in what is being done in the consideration or lack thereof of all of the ills afflicting the body. WHY place this talk here for consideration? Because - treating symptoms and not causes is not restricted to medical care but will feed the health problems that will require medical care.

FOOD - DIET. What has been done to our diet and what is continuing to be done to our food/diet - that is killing us? Gen-engineered food and bio altering pesticides and such things - additives etc. This is the same issue - cause - that is not being treated - But treatment of the symptoms of the cause(s).

Anyway it is a good talk - but I feel can be applied on a much larger basis.

Meet The Doctor Who Thinks We've Got America's Biggest Health Problem Backward

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

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