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UK Nows Says GM Crops are OK

In a total reversal of its position 18 months ago, the BMA (British Medical Association) now says that genetically modified (GM) foods are "highly unlikely to harm human health." This is most unfortuante as less than a year ago the UK government was supporting a report called The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World, which put together a wealth of evidence to support a ban on GM crops, and just a few weeks ago I posted an article about the widespread problem of GM foods contaminating the food supply. Now the UK has OK'd plans to plant a variety of GM corn in 2005 despite the fact that a poll found 53 percent of Britons were against GM products, and only 14 percent were in favor of them. But even though the BMA said GM foods were unlikely to damage human health they say the following areas need further research:

  • Food allergies
  • Genetic transfer
  • Environmental impact
  • Risk assessment
  • Monitoring

The Scotsman March 9, 2004

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