Scientists Battle to Stem Onslaught of Pseudoscience in EuropeMay 25, 2016
University of Leicester Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison has joined leading scientists across Europe in raising against the ‘pseudoscience' concerning regulation of compounds used in agriculture, healthcare, and industry.
Professor Heslop-Harrison and fellow scientists met Dr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner of Health and Food Safety earlier this month. The scientists highlighted that some people are being ‘deliberately selective' in presentations of risks, including those from glyphosate herbicides, new plant breeding technologies and endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs.
In the discussion, Professor Heslop-Harrison said, the concern was raised that public perceptions about scientific assessments are currently distorted by people, often from NGOs and well-funded pressure groups. The European Parliament and European Commission have access to robust scientific advice, but this is not always being used in legislation because of these strongly expressed opinions. He added, "The reality is that there is no robust, consistent scientific evidence to support these dogmatic stances, and indeed most of the robust evidence points in the opposite direction for some of the chemicals and techniques now being considered as subject to extra regulation."
For more details, read the news release at the University of Leicester website.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Scientists Investigate GM Food Awareness in Enugu, Nigeria
- Malawi's Seed Sector Calls on Govt to Adopt GM Crops
- Swaziland Agri Director Expresses Support to Amend the Biosafety Law
- Chance Finding in Guelph Study Could Transform Future of Plant Production
- Salk Institute Scientists Map Landscape of Genetic and Epigenetic Regulation in Plants
- University Illinois Scientist Identifies Mechanism for Herbicide Resistance in Palmer Amaranth
- Biologists Discover How Plants Reconstitute Stem Cells
- Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering Calls for Resumption of Bt Eggplant Research
- The Royal Society Releases Guide on GM Plants
- Scientists Battle to Stem Onslaught of Pseudoscience in Europe
- British Crop Protection Council Challenges Green Alliance's Opposition to Glyphosate and GM Crops
- WRKY Genes from Wheat Confer Drought and Heat Resistance in Arabidopsis
- GmSAMT1 Overexpression in Soybean Confers Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode Races
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Researchers Develop Cell Labeling via Photobleaching Tagging Method
- Soluble Expression of Spike Protein of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus in E. coli
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (October 5, 2022)
- Genome Editing Supplement (October 5, 2022)
- Gene Drive Supplement (September 28, 2022)
Subscribe to CBU: