22 Jul '11, 5pm

A challenging piece on GMOs and risk from Andy Revkin.

The Precautionary Principle – which some interpret as saying that, if a course of action carries even a remote chance of irreparable damage, then one should not pursue it, no matter how great the benefits may be – gave Europeans a firm philosophical basis for saying no to GMOs. Political leaders and public servants in the Member States and the EU institutions were ill prepared for this emotional uproar. Meeting the challenge to ‘prove that GM crops are safe!’ is not so easy. It looks like a scientific issue, but it isn’t. Science can certify the existence of danger, but not its absence. Moreover scientists will continue to question any negative results that surface, and there will certainly be reward and recognition for the person who finds proof of harm. Expert contention that a 100 % GM variety approved for commercialization is neither more nor less of a health or enviro...

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