The Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments calls for "the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years."
The Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments
They also want patents on organisms, cell lines, and living things revoked and banned. Such patents (a sort of corporate version of "playing God") "threaten food security, sanction biopiracy of indigenous knowledge and genetic resources, violate basic human rights and dignity, compromise healthcare, impede medical and scientific research and are against the welfare of animals."
And as Anthony Gucciardi recently detailed on NaturalSociety, this would be bad news for Monsanto following the recent Supreme Court decision that they have the 'right' to patent life.
Scientists Speaking Out
In the beginning, after its first draft in 1999, the letter had just over 300 signatures. Since then, it's grown significantly. At the writing of this article, the document has 828 signatures representing 84 different countries.
While we are told by Monsanto and the FDA that GMOs are nothing to worry about and instead safe tools for the future of agriculture, a growing number of esteemed scientists seem to disagree. So, who's listening?
The letter has been presented to numerous governments and organizations, including the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, the World Trade Organization, and yes, even the U.S. Congress. The letter has been shared at these venues, but it doesnâ€™t seem like anyone was listening.
The populous has to dig for information like this. We have to seek out the news sources willing to cover it, because we wonâ€™t hear about this letter on the nightly news or through a governmental agency. No, the U.S. government wants you to fear what they want you to fear ("terror" and crime, for instance), but they certainly donâ€™t want you to fear the information and the food they are putting on your table. Or the GMOs they are funding with your taxpayer dime.
800 Scientists Demand Global GMO 'Experiment'