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Questions and Answers on GMOs

Friday 29 December 2006

 

What about the environment?

Q – GMOs are designed to increase the plants’ resistance to droughts. What do you think about that?

A – No drought-resistant GMO has been commercially developed so far.

Q – GMOs have made it possible to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides significantly, the reduction in the use of these polluting chemicals protects the environment, what can you infer from this?

A – This is misleading advertising. 72% of the GMOs grown outdoors are weed-killer tolerant thus encouraging considerably the use of Roundup. 20% produce a new insecticide in their own cells corresponding to about 1 kg/ha. And the remaining 8% do both.

Q – Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

A – Commercialized GMOs contain therefore new pesticide residues, they either absorb the residues without dying, (eg: Roundup-Ready Soy) or they produce it (eg: Bt Maize) whereas they are not tested for more than 3 months on the health of mammals (laboratory rats), and besides  the tests are only run because they are compulsory – contrary to pesticides and medicines which are tested for years. The first side effects have been highlighted however and they are probably due to the pesticides absorbed or produced by the GMOs. To find out more, read "Ces OGM qui changent le monde" and "Génétiquement Incorrect", Flammarion (pockets books).