Biotechnology has made important advances adding much of value to our scientific heritage. However, the technology of genetic engineering is seriously flawed.
Moving genes between species is changing the shape of our world. It, and the patenting of plants and animals, has extended property rights into biology, providing the potential for direct control over much of the world's agricultural production and thus its food supply.
A challenge by independent academic and governmental scientists from around the world over the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) decision that the widely used herbicide, glyphosate “is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.”
They challenge that the EFSA decision runs counter to the finding earlier in 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the highly respected cancer arm of the World Health Organization that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
The full Open Letter is on http://www.zeit.de/wissen/umwelt/2015-11/glyphosat-offener-brief.pdf.
2016 Total Diet Survey
Following the PSGR submission to the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries requesting that glyphosate be included in the list of contaminants in the 2016 Total Diet Survey testing and for all subsequent Surveys, we have been advised that their decision is not to include it. See http://www.psgr.org.nz/submissions/40-general/156-2015-total-diet-survey-to-mpi-6-october-2015.
6 October 2015
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
2016 New Zealand Total Diet Study Consultation
PSGR urges that the 2016 Total Diet Study and all future studies should include testing for the presence of glyphosate, the active ingredient common to a range of propriety herbicides, including the most widely used internationally, Monsanto’s Roundup.