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For too long the biotechnology debate in Australia has been framed as an issue for 'experts'
For too long the biotechnology debate in Australia has been framed as an issue for 'experts'
Quadrant hoax exposes vested interest science

Crikey recently reported how Keith Windschuttle, the editor of the conservative magazine Quadrant, was taken in by a hoax intended to show that he will print outrageous propositions.

This month’s edition of Quadrant contains a hoax article purported to be by “Sharon Gould”, a Brisbane based biotechnologist.

The spoof article argues that, despite the majority of Australians being opposed to genetically engineered (GE) crops, they should be approved anyway – because the public and the Government do not understand the complex science behind them.

The article touches on an important point. For too long the biotechnology debate in Australia has been framed as an issue for ‘experts’ – with ‘expert’ invariably meaning someone with a vested interest in the technology. The New South Wales and Victorian GE food crop moratoria were both lifted on the basis of advice from ‘expert panels’ – predominantly comprised of individuals with a vested interest in GE crops.

There is growing evidence that GE crops are harmful to the environment and may be harmful to human health. Yet the Federal Government is pandering to the interests of the biotechnology elite by allowing the release of GE food crops into the environment.

Please sign our petition (http://www.truefood.org.au/OurRightToKnow) to demand that the Federal Government fulfils its election promises and that:

  • GE crops are only approved if they are proven to be safe ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ using evidence from independent, long-term, published studies - measuring indicators relevant to human health.

  • All GE foods are clearly labelled, including highly processed products such as oils, starches and sugars from GE crops; and meat, milk, cheese and eggs from animals fed GE feed.
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