It’s not that often that one finds a scientist that is not swayed by corporate money or institutional bias, aka towing the line for a university’s interest. Recently I came across one such scientist and I just had to share.
Biotec Salon is written by an early adopter of GMO science. Here is the first paragraph from her ‘About’ page:
Belinda Martineau, Ph.D., was a genetic engineer in a previous life. She helped bring the world’s first commercially available genetically engineered whole food, the Flavr Savr™ (AKA MacGregor’s®) tomato, to market. During the development of that tomato, however, she was transformed from a devout believer in the promise of agricultural biotechnology into a skeptic wary of its uncertainties.
What impressed me is that Dr. Martineau recognizes that we just do not know what those stray proteins are doing. Yes, the genome project and DNA research in the science world has come a long way, yet we don’t know what we don’t know. I highly suggest you follow her blog. Here’s a snippet from her latest blog post:
So a chemical (soon to be) “known to the state [of California] to cause cancer” is being sprayed on vast acreages of farmland, not only in California, but throughout the United States and in many other parts of the world.
Hopefully, U.S. EPA will similarly take the recent IARC publications into account and take another long, hard look at the widespread use of glyphosate in the United States.