This is another good post shared from Dr. Belinda Martineau’s blog “Biotech Salon.”
It seems that Dr. Gould – who was the chairman of the committee that published the report by the National Academies of Sciences (“Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects”) – believes that “all GE crop products currently on the market are safe.” Should the safety of GMOs be established based on such beliefs – or actual science?
Fred Gould, the chairman of the committee that produced the most recent National Academies report on GMOs, and I were invited to speak at the third and final NSF-funded workshop on the topic of “Scientific Uncertainty and Professional Ethics: Getting from Strong Public Science to Sound Public Policy,” which I mentioned in my last post: Pew Research Center Finds “Americans have Limited Trust in Scientists Connected with Genetically Modified Foods.” The workshop was held the Monday following the release of that Pew Research Center report. Dan Charles, a journalist who published a piece on the Pew report for NPR and authored a book on GMOs titled Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money and the Future of Food (Perseus Publishing, 2001), moderated our session of the workshop.
Workshop participants, comprised of scientists, journalists and environmental attorneys, were using crop genetic engineering as a case study of how scientific uncertainty is…
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