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Project News and Views

No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety Affirm 300+ Scientists

Environmental Science Europe just published a joint statement that concludes “the scarcity and contradictory nature of the scientific evidence published to date prevents conclusive claims of safety, or of lack of safety, of GMOs.” Developed and signed by “a broad community of independent reseachers” the paper states “Published results are contradictory, in part due to the range of different research methods employed, an inadequacy of available procedures, and differences in the analysis and interpretation of data.” It also asserts that “Rigorous assessment of GMO safety has been hampered by the lack of funding independent of proprietary interests. Research for the public good has been further constrained by property rights issues, and by denial of access to research material for researchers unwilling to sign contractual agreements with the developers, which confer unacceptable control over publication to the proprietary interests.”

Cite: Hilbeck, Angelika, et al. “No scientific consensus on GMO safety.” Environmental Sciences Europe 27.1 (2015): 4.

PDF File of the published Statement “No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety.”

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Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

Independent Science News has just published Carol Van Strum’s review of: Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA (Bloomsbury Press 2014), a new book by Evaggelos Vallianatos (with McKay Jenkins).

Summary: What goes on inside the US Environmental Protection Agency is no longer a mystery. Evaggelos Vallianatos had a twenty five year career as a staff officer in EPA’s Pesticides Division. Now that he no longer works there Vallianatos calls its activities “The Big Business of Fraudulent Science” and in Poison Spring he documents multitudinous ways in which, while he was there, EPA ignored and dismissed scientific evidence of harm for numerous synthetic chemicals. This downplaying of risk by the EPA is not based in ignorance; rather, it is a function of calculated collusion with polluters and “independent” testing organizations. The result is a complex and elaborate illusion of governmental precaution and rigor that ultimately gives the petrochemical industries and agribusiness free reign. Poison Spring is an essential guide to understanding – and rolling back – industrial and agricultural pollution.

To read Carol Van Strum’s review of this important book click on: Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA.

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Press Release: Beyond the Ban Event on Thursday February 26

IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE: Due to Frozen Pipes at original venue the Beyond the Ban event is now at the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Nothing else has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the event.

Contact: Allison Wilson, Science Director of The Bioscience Resource Project

Scientist-Authors,
Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald
To Speak at “Beyond the Ban” Event in Ithaca
on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm

Event Title: Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake

Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm, in the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St. on the Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora St., Doors open at 6:45 pm.

Speakers: Sandra Steingraber (author of “Raising Elijah” and “Living Downstream”, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College) will join veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald, authors of “The Real Cost of Fracking.” Read More »

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Dismantling The Big Lie About GMOs: Radio Interview

On Tuesday, 27 January, 2015, Food Integrity Now spoke with co-founder and executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, Dr. Jonathan Latham.

We were intrigued by an article he recently wrote entitled “How the Great Food War Will be Won“. Dr. Latham’s spoke with me today about what he thinks is the answer to winning the food war–dismantling this lie that we need GMOs to feed the world.

Interviewer Carol Grieve wrote a blog post about the interview: Dismantling The Big Lie About GMOs. The radio interview can be heard at: http://media.blubrry.com/foodintegritynow/p/content.blubrry.com/foodintegritynow/FIN-2015-01-29-E136.mp3.

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SHORT COURSE — Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics

Would you like to know more about GMOs and why there is no scientific consensus on GMO safety? The upcoming Ithaca Freeskool course on Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics [held on 3 Sundays from 2-4pm (on 2/8, 2/22 and 3/8)] will give you a better understanding of the ongoing controversy over their use in agriculture and the food system. The course is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reading material will be provided. Students should bring their questions and curiosity about GMO technology. You can attend any or all of the days.

Instructor: Dr. Allison Wilson, Science Director of The Bioscience Resource Project, has nearly 30 years of experience (in and out of the lab)

PRE-REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL: For more information and to sign up for the course here. Put Ithaca Freeskool GMO Course as the subject.

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Ithaca Event: Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health and Infrastructure in NY State

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IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE: Due to Frozen Pipes at the original venue the Beyond the Ban event is now at the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Nothing else has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the event.

For more information see: http://www.bioscienceresource.org/2015/01/steingraber-bamberger-oswald-beyond-the-ban/

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EVENT – Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake

with Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald.

IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE: Due to Frozen Pipes at original venue the Beyond the Ban event is now at the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Nothing else has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the event.

Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, the Sanctuary of The Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Doors open at 6:45pm. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

New York state has newly banned fracking due to its known hazards and risks. But New Yorkers are still at risk from hazardous gas facilities and pipelines, pollution, food chain contamination and other problems of the fracking boom.

Ithaca-based non-profit, The Bioscience Resource Project, is hosting Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake. Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald will provide an overview of post-ban fracking threats to New York state. The Bioscience Resource Project, CSI (Community Science Institute) and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE Healthy Energy) will have information tables and Buffalo Street Books will have books for sale at this event. Read More »

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How the Great Food War Will Be Won

Independent Science News has just published: How the Great Food War Will Be Won
By Jonathan Latham, PhD

Synopsis: Major agribusiness corporations, such as Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, and
Syngenta desire to fully control the global food system. Unfortunately for
them, they are held back by an image problem. As most people know, food
produced with their assistance is inferior in every respect. However, there is
one category in which they can plausibly claim superiority over other methods.
That superiority is yield. Consequently, agribusiness has directed intense
efforts at framing yield as the defining element of successful modern
agriculture. Read More »

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Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker

Independent Science News has just published “Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker,” written by Dr Vandana Shiva.

Article synopsis: Earlier this year The New Yorker published an article by Michael Specter titled “Seeds of Doubt”. Independent Science News has reprinted the reply of Dr Vandana Shiva who was the centerpiece of that article. As well as detailing its “fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality“, Dr Shiva calls important attention to the ongoing efforts of Monsanto and the biotechnology industry to manipulate reporting of GMO issues in the media – including the publishers of The New Yorker. She also gives her assessment of the still misunderstood Indian experience with GMO Bt cotton that was the background to The New Yorker article.

To read the full article go to: http://www.independentsciencenews.org/un-sustainable-farming/seeds-of-truth-vandana-shiva-new-yorker/

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Just Released by Concerned Health Professionals of NY: Updated Compendium of Risks and Harms Of Fracking (Unconventional Gas And Oil)

Concerned Health Professionals of New York, released a second edition of their invaluable resource the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings of Risks and Harms of Fracking. This includes an important section documenting threats to agriculture and soil quality. The compendium is free Read More »

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