VICTORY OF CRIIGEN ON THE DEFICIENCIES OF THE IMPLEMENTING DECREE OF THE GMO LAW
By means of a ruling passed on 24 July 2009, the French State Council cancelled five major articles of the 19 March 2007 decree, by which the French Government of the time had partially translated the European directive n°2001/18 on GMOs. The CRIIGEN with President Corinne Lepage, challenged the limitations imposed on the information rights of the public at large, concerning the data stored in the files and specifically on health studies.
French State Council (Conseil d'État) - 24 June 2009
CRIIGEN, chaired by Corinne Lepage, has submitted an appeal against the Decree of 19 March 2007 pertaining to GMOs before the State Council. The public spokesman who was sharing his conclusions on June 24 before the State Council, suggested that the demand of CRIIGEN ought to be acceded to, from 1 January 2010. As a matter of fact, he recognized that the information obligation of the public was not satisfied by the Decree, in violation of the Charter of the Environment. The appeal was specifically underlining the fact that the health studies were not made public and that the results of the studies that were conducted after dissemination were not made public either. This topic is still hot news, as today the Ministry of Agriculture is still refusing to make the dossier on the health impact of GMOs go public.
A decision will be reached within a fortnight.
For further details, please contact Mme Lepage's office at the following number: + 33 1 56 59 29 56
Zénith of Rouen - Haute Normandie
Organised by the Union Régionale des Médecins Libéraux de Haute Normandie
A Congress on Environmental Pathologies with Specialists
The participants work in different fields and general medicine, occupational medicine, school health services, public health, pneumology, neurology, allergology, dermatology, environmental health, cancerology, endocrinology and nutrition specialists are involved in this hot debate.
Discover all the sessions of the Congress in the Video tab here: http://www.ecep2009.eu
The AAEM Physicians Call For A Ban On GMO Foods
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) recently issued an appeal in favour of an immediate moratorium on genetically modified food.
In a brand-new monograph on GMO food, the AAEM states that «GMO food implies a high risk-taking in matters of health» and requires a moratorium on genetically modified food. Quoting several studies on animals, the AAEM concludes that « there is more than a mere chance relationship between food GMOs and harmful effects on health» and that «genetically modified food implies a high risk in terms of health as far as toxicology, allergology et immunology are concerned, in order to keep balanced reproduction mechanisms, on metabolic, physiological and genetic levels.» The whole report is a devastating blow against a multi-billion dollar international food-processing industry, and particularly against Monsanto Corporation, the world leader in GMO seeds and herbicides production.
In a press release dated 19 May 2009, the AAEM, describing itself as «an international association of physicians and miscellaneous professionals intent on addressing the clinical aspects of environmental health», called for immediate emergency measures to be taken concerning human GMO food consumption:
- A moratorium on GMOs; immediate implementation of safety tests and of GMO foodstuff labelling.
- Physicians must warn their patients, the medical community and the public at large to keep clear of GMO food.
- Physicians must think about the rôle of GMOs in the pathological processus of their patients.
- Other long-term independent scientific studies should begin to gather data in order to study the role of GMO food on human health.
Dr. Amy Dean, President of AAEM, points out that «multiple animal studies showed that GMO food damages various systems of the body. Confronted by the increasing number of such obvious facts, it is imperative to obtain a moratorium on GMOs in order to insure safety for our patients and to preserve public health.» The President of AAEM and Dr. Jennifer Armstrong highlighted the fact that «physicians no doubt see the results on their patients, but need to know how to ask the « good » questions. The commonest GMO foods in North America are corn (maize), soya, colza oil and cottonseed oil.» The AAEM monograph on GMOs can be found on aaemonline.org.
Click here for a an article in French on the topic on http://www.globalresearch.ca/
Formal Demand on Risks
In an international context where there is more distrust towards GMOs (Carthagena Protocol in Europe) and a demand for better identification, and in the French context, the Grenelle de l'Environnement, CRIIGEN has decided to SET A DATE and TO FIX NOW THE POSSIBLE RESPONSABILITIES OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POLICY-MAKERS. Consequently, CRIIGEN sends an open letter (open since 2001, see Homepage Open Letters section) to all CEOs of GMO manufacturing firms, in order to highlight the potential risks which can be generated by their products, inasmuch as they can be assessed, according to CRIIGEN, based on present knowledge.
As the responsibility of the commercialization is shared with public decision-makers, a copy of this letter is sent to the Authorities as well (see July 31, 2001 open letter).
By doing so, CRIIGEN hopes to impose a debate on risks, a debate that seed manufacturers and some public decision-makers try deliberately to avoid.
A New Setback for GMOs In Europe
Although They Are Still Trying to Impose Them Upon Us
After fourteen years, GMOs still represent a very small percentage of crops. Due to the pressure put on farmers, relative to better health, environmental and social controls, GMO manufacturers were only able to get 0.78% transgenic maize, as compared with the total amount of cultivated maize in Europe (that is 107219 ha vs 13.7 millions ha)! The maize variety called MON 810, which produces a new insecticide, is the only GMO authorized for growing in Europe. This insignificant percentage is even lower if one considers the total amount of various GMOs as compared with the total amount of European crops. But the situation is very different with contaminated imports, mainly by GMO soy, as Europe is more self-sufficient for maize. These plants contain some pesticides which are insufficiently evaluated in terms of health. In a petition (to be signed below), CRIIGEN asks very clearly that the blood analyses of the animals which ate the GMOs during the regulation toxicity tests should be made public.
On the grounds of industrial protection, these tests are carried out by laboratories selected by the seed manufacturers involved, who happen to be both judge and judged. The scientific Commissions and Governments accepted that the tests involved remain confidential. These tests, if and when they do exist, last only for three months with mammals, which is truly outrageaous and in contradiction with legislative intentions. EFSA, that is the European Food Safety Authority suggests stopping to require the three-month tests involved, as the case occurred already in September 2008 for a new imported herbicide-tolerant GMO soy.
However, the herbicide involved (ammonium glufosinate) is considered to be a neurotoxic chemical in scientific publications. The whole lax attitude would imply more profitable GMOs and would greatly facilitate their distribution.
We need a deeper scientific strictness and a total openness, in order to protect all our fellow citizens.
Professor Séralini’s group, in the University of Caen, France, just published a study on the previously unknown toxic effects of Roundup on human embryonic cells. Roundup is the major herbicide in use worldwide, including on GMOs for food and feed...
I was a member of both the Scientific Committee and the Patronage Committee of AFIS, which publishes the "Science and Pseudo-Science" bulletin. I have always fought all kinds of medical charlatanism. Everyone may have noticed that, under the influence of its editor, Jean-Paul Krivine, AFIS went under a transformation – without asking for our advice – into a real pro-GMO lobby. As a matter of fact, I am not convinced about the toxicity of MON810 maize, or of another GMO. What I read about it does not convince me, up to now. However, I am a fighter of the aggressive monopolistic strategy of Monsanto and of their various bogus companies.
Therefore I required from Science et Pseudoscience editorial staff that my letters, in which I politely asked (with an open mind, without hinting at any scientific wrongdoings of theirs) that Marcel Kuntz and Louis-Marie Houdebine should indicate their links with Monsanto and their subsidiaries, the same as has become compulsory to tell about what is now labelled « conflicts of interest » in Medicine (I am in charge of a Medical Science Journal).
Though I had warned that my presence in the Scientific Committee and the Patronage Committee would depend on the publication of my letters, these have never been published, and I never received an answer to my query. Consequently I resigned from both Committees, and I pointed out that I would make my resignation public
With kind regards
Doctor Marcel-Francis KAHN,
Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine, Paris 7
A Serious Concern
Abstract. For the first time in the world, an independent study on the health risks of a GM maize authorized for consumption shows signs of hepatorenal toxicity (1). It is a countervaluation performed by CRIIGEN (France), of a regulatory study by the Monsanto Company, on rats fed with a GM maize (MON 863) over a three-month period. The raw data were used to obtain the commercial release of this GM maize at an international level. These revelations are certainly sufficient to require an immediate ban of GM maize MON 863 and all its hybrids from human or animal consumption, as well new and more carefully conducted feeding studies. This maize cannot now be considered safe to eat. We are calling urgently for a moratorium on other approved GMOs while the efficacy of current health testing methods is reassessed.
Una preocupacion seria : el maiz OGM autorizado es impropio para la consumicion, la caja de maiz Bt MON 863