Statement from Yes on Proposition 37, California Right to Know GMO Labeling Campaign
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Genetically engineered corn was linked to mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage and other serious illnesses in the first ever peer-reviewed, long-term animal study of these foods. The findings were published today in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.
Read the study here: http://research.sustainablefoodtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Final-Paper.pdf
While numerous 90-day studies have already linked GMO foods to allergies and other health problems, today's publication marks the first-ever long term animal study on the health effects of genetically engineered foods, and comes as California voters consider the Proposition 37 Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods.
In response to this study, Yes on Proposition 37 California Right to Know Campaign Manager Gary Ruskin released the following statement:
"The results of this study are worrying. They underscore the importance of giving California families the right to know whether our food is genetically engineered, and to decide for ourselves whether we want to gamble with our health by eating GMO foods that have not been adequately studied and have not been proven safe. By requiring simple labels on genetically engineered foods, Proposition 37 gives Californians the ability to choose whether to expose ourselves and our families to any potential health risks. The right to know is fundamental, and that's why 50 countries around the world have already enacted labeling requirements for genetically engineered food."
The study's authors, together with the non-profit organization Sustainable Food Trust, will be hosting a press conference call today to discuss the study at 11:30 a.m. PDT/ 2:30 p.m. EDT.
Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, Molecular Biologist at Caen University and first author of the research being discussed. Professor Seralini was in charge of risk assessment for two government commissions and has advised the European Commission on the use of GMOs commercially. He is the President of the Scientific Board at Committee of Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRII-GEN).
Dr. Michael Antoniou, Professor of Molecular Genetics at Kings College, London School of Medicine. Dr. Antoniou has over 40 peer-reviewed publications of original work.
Patrick Holden, former director of the UK Soil Association and Founder of the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT). SFT has an interest in comparing different systems of agriculture and their impact on human and environmental health.
Paid for by Yes on 37 For Your Right to Know if Your Food Has Been Genetically Engineered. Supported by Consumer Advocates, Makers of Organic Products and California Farmers. Major funding by Mercola.com Health Resources LLC and the Organic Consumers Fund.
SOURCE Yes on Proposition 37