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Should we demand labelling for reports that  contain GE industry spin, as well as for foods and beverages containing GE ingredients?
Should we demand labelling for reports that contain GE industry spin, as well as for foods and beverages containing GE ingredients?
Will the real UN report please stand up

Well, the latest story going around the spin cycle is by Charles Miranda. It incorrectly states that a report by a United Nations expert panel of chemists and engineers claims we need GE crops to cope with climate change. The story ran in quite a few papers, including the Herald Sun, Courier Mail and Hobart Mercury.

In fact, the report wasn't from the UN at all. It came from a panel comprising members of The Royal Society of Chemisty and the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and included a representative of GE crop company Syngenta. In other words, the report was written by exactly the kind of people that stand to benefit from the adoption of chemical-intensive GE crops.

The report's findings actually directly contradict those of the UN's most recent report, which looked at how to most effectively feed the world's population. The final report of the UN's International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology project, released in April 2008, shows that GE crops have no role to play in solving the world's food crisis.

The UN report found that GE crops pose unacceptable risks to human health, the environment and the economy, and have no proven benefits. This is why countries all over the world are rejecting GE crops – and Australia should follow suit. Download a summary of this UN report: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/iaastd-briefing.

It's not the first time unfounded, vested interest science made it into print media this month: see what folks at conservative magazine Quadrant published (http://www.truefood.org.au/newsandevents/?news=25).

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