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Media Release 2013

Global Scientists: No scientific consensus on GM food safety

MADGE Australia welcomes a statement by global scientists declaring that there is no scientific consensus on GM food safety.  The scientists “strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on GMO safety”.

Some of the objections to the claim of scientific consensus are as follows:

1. There is no consensus on GM food safety

2. There are no epidemiological studies investigating potential effects of GM food consumption on human health 

Pigs fed GM corn and soy have intestinal and fertility problems. What’s it doing to us?


In an independent study, pigs in a US piggery were fed GM corn and soy from weaning until slaughter.[i]

The GM-fed pigs had 2.6 times the rate of severe stomach inflammation of pigs fed a non-GM diet.

The uteruses of pigs fed GM were 25% heavier than those fed non-GM.

Farmers report increased need for antibiotics, high levels of livestock deaths, listlessness and aggression in animals fed GM.[ii]

Scientists want total recall of GM crops with viral gene promoter to protect public health

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) published research showing GM crops contain a viral gene fragment.[i]
The Cauliflower Mosaic Virus 35S promoter (P35S) has been used in 60% of GM crops. It contains portions of viral Gene VI.This gene does not have to be complete to be active.

New opinion poll shows Australian mums don't want GM wheat

Recent polling conducted by Newspoll and commissioned by MADGE (Mothers Are Demystifying Genetic Engineering) and Greenpeace reveals that 66% of Australian mothers would prefer to buy food free of genetically modified (GM) wheat.

In contrast, only 3 % of Australian mothers would prefer to buy food that contains GM wheat, while another 29% have no preference either way and 3% don’t know.

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