But if you look closely, you may just
find the name of one listed among the names of more than 800
scientists from around the globe who have joined forces in an open
letter to all world governments, outlining their detailed concerns
over the alarming potential threat of biotech's unauthorized,
worldwide GM foods experiment.
Consider that the message from these scientists seems to be that the whole planet is already under attack by the persistent and largely unchecked, reckless behavior of greedy, unruly U.S. corporations - corporations whose activities appear to be sponsored by the federal government.
And whether you know it yet or not, your
body is the battleground.
The scientists further demand that all patents on life-forms and living processes - including seeds, cell lines and genes - be revoked and banned,
Life is a discovery, they say, not an innovation, and patents on life-forms and living processes,
Furthermore, they argue that GM crops
provide no identifiable benefits either to farmers or consumers;
instead, they offer only very significant risks to all living
In their thorough and fully cited open letter, they take biotechnology to task - making clear, undeniable connections between GM food crops and other products (like milk from cows injected with genetically modified Bovine Growth Hormone) and health problems for mammals in general.
At the same time the GM crops themselves actually contribute to lower yields, increased use of herbicides/insecticides, unpredictable performance, poor economic returns, and a progressive monopoly on food by big corporations, they also encourage herbicide-tolerant weeds and pesticide-resistant superbugs, making their purported goal of "feeding the world" appear just as it is - clearly out of the reach of biotech industry.
Scientists propose, instead, that these large food corporations are actually more the cause of world hunger currently, than they are the solution to it.
Seed patent policies currently in place at biotech companies prevent farmers from saving and replanting seeds, an activity the scientists acknowledge, is one enjoyed even by third world farmers. As promised, however, it only gets worse.
Scientists agree that GMOs actually harm the delicate biodiversity necessary to the balance and maintenance of life on this planet.
GM products, they say, "decimate wild plant species indiscriminately," cause birth defects in mammals, kill insects essential to pollination like bees, lacewings, monarch butterflies, and pose other very serious threats related to horizontal gene transfer - for example, the,
Multiple hazards to both animal and human health have already been identified by sources around the world, resulting either in bans on GM products or the adoption of strict labeling laws by many countries.
Here in the U.S., however, secret memoranda from inside the FDA have revealed its history of disregarding the warnings of its own scientists.
Still, with a separate but similar mass
appeal to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in
2009 failing to make a rippled, lasting impact, one can only hope
that eventually the science on GMOs - and the growing number of
people who know about it - will simply be too loud to ignore.