DOCTORS CALL FOR A MORATORIUM ON GM FOODS
Irish Medical Times, 12 June 2009
The Irish Doctors' Environmental Association (IDEA) has backed calls for an immediate moratorium on genetically modified (GM) foods. A new position paper from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) had said that GM foods 'pose a serious health risk' and called for a moratorium on them.
The paper also said doctors must educate their patients and the public to avoid GM foods and that doctors should consider the role of GM foods in the "patient's disease processes".
"Doctors have an ethical and moral duty to highlight concerns in relation to these issues and in the interest of the health of present and future generations. Permission to grow or consume genetically engineered foors in Ireland should be denied," it stated.
Comment from GM-free Ireland
Irish Doctors' Environmental Association's position on GM foods:
American Academy of Environmental Medicine position on GM foods:
press release http://www.aaemonline.org/pressrelease.html
position paper http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html
Other groups which oppose GM food and farming:
CRIIGEN - Scientific Council for Independent Research on Genetic Engineering, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Independent Science Panel, the U.S. Center for Food Safety, the Institute of Gene Ecology, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, the Assembly of European Regions, The Foundation on Future Farming, the International Commission of the Future of Food and Agriculture, Slow Food, and numerous agronomic, environmental and health scientists from leading universities and research institutes around the world.