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US expert calls for ban on genetically modified food items
Chandigarh | Sunday, Feb 1 2009 IST
 
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An American expert on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has sought an immediate ban on GMOs as he has claimed that there was now irrefutable and overwhelming evidence found that GMOs are dangerous, threats to human health.

''In fact, the current generation of GMOs is one of the most dangerous threats to human health as not only can GM foods hurt the entire population through the food supply, but once released into the environment, the self-propagating genetic pollution may outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste'', the US expert, Jeffrey Smith said while delivering a lecture on this subject organised by Kheti Virasat Mission, here today.

He has made a visit to the country at a time when Indian regulators are pondering over the approval of the first Genetically Modified food in the country in the form of Bt Brinjal.

''No such GM crop has been allowed anywhere else in the world'', he contendedin his lecture. His visit also coincides with the gathering resistance against GM foods in India through a nation-wide consumer campaign called ''I AM NO LAB RAT''. This campaign was launched in Chandigarh yesterday through a symbolic funeral procession of Bt Brinjal.

Mr Smith said that there is now irrefutable, overwhelming evidence found that GMOs are dangerous, which is more than sufficient justification to immediately ban them. In fact, the current generation of GMOs is one of the most dangerous threats to human health.

''Not only can GM foods hurt the entire population through the food supply, but once released into the environment, the self-propagating genetic pollution may outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste'', he said in his lecture.

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