23 Aug '11, 12pm

Why deregulating GM sector is deeply flawed - Greenpeace chief scientist:

Indeed, extolling the future benefits of GM products while ignoring, dismissing or minimising the potential risks can be seen as a simultaneous embrace of both 'pie in the sky' and 'head in the sand' thinking. Prof. Jones’ approach is the complete antithesis of a precautionary approach to environmental regulation and to sustainability. A deregulated approach is one, however, that the biotech companies seem keen to take. Far from solving some of the perceived problems of chemical based intensive agriculture and food quality, deregulation actually locks the world more tightly into the current flawed agricultural paradigm and does so in a way that just happens to serve the companies with the greatest vested interests. The notion that the already inadequate checks and balances should be further weakened by smoothing the pathway to approval of GM crops should be seen for what i...

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