As California and a dozen other states prepare to allow their citizens to decide whether they have the right to know if their food is from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), agribusiness giants such as Monsanto, Dupont, Pioneer and Cargill have contributed nearly $25 million to defeat the California "Right to Know" proposal.
Closer to home, Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson contributes to the misinformation by stating that current biotech products have been "proven safe" by USDA, FDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences. ("Medical group affirms general GMO safety," FarmWeek, June 25).
This astonishing claim of "proven safe" is unjustified. First, I have not seen "proven safe" used for any GMO by any of these three federal agencies or the National Academy of Sciences.