Independent science panel formed to highlight the benefits of a GM free sustainable world


May 10, 2003 -- CropChoicenews: From news release. At a special launching conference on May 10 in London, the Independent Science Panel (ISP) will release their report, The Case for a GM Free Sustainable World, the strongest, most complete dossier of evidence ever put together to support their call for a ban on GM crops and widespread adoption of organic sustainable agriculture. This is timed to kick off the GM national debate in the UK and to input into the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting in Sacramento, California in June 2003. The report has already attracted considerable international attention.

"We'll give them a case to answer," says Brian John, geomorphologist and environment scientist, who has been working closely with the GM Free Cymru campaign. "Those of us who have looked into the science of GM crops and foods from a community or consumer perspective have been appalled at the apparent abandonment of the precautionary principle and at the control exerted over the scientific agenda by the biotechnology multinationals."

The panel includes Britain botanist, broadcaster, writer and tireless campaigner for mother earth, David Bellamy OBE, who will lead the launch of the ISP.

Other speakers include Stanley Ewen, Consultant Histopathologist, at Grampian University Hospitals Trust; Malcolm Hooper, Emeritus Professor of Chemical Medicine, University of Sunderland; Vyvyan Howard, toxipathologist, University of Liverpool; Arpad Pusztai, formerly senior scientist at Rowett Institute, Scotland, and Gundula Azeez, Policy Manager, Soil Association.

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