The tiny German group ENSSER, the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility released a statement last week that 93 scientists claimed that there was no scientific consensus on GMO safety. Then, this weekend, timed to make maximum impact on today’s I-522 labeling initiative in Washington State, they re-released this statement, now claiming that 230 scientists had signed this statement.
When every major scientific organization world wide has stated that they have considered the science and that there is no evidence that GMO foods pose any harm whatever, the signatories of this rump astroturf group are of little significance except perhaps to gullible members of the press.
This is more or less equivalent to Project Steve, a tongue-in-cheek list of scientists named “Steve” (and linguistic variants) who dissented from the theory of evolution. In other words, once a theory is settled science, it matters little what dissenters say unless they have science on their side.
We examined the list of “230 scientists,” finding that of that list, 190 actually had PhD’s and only 105 had PhD’s in a physical science (biology, chemistry, physics, and agriculture). In addition, 30 of the signatories were retired, emeritus or post-docs who may not be keeping up with the current state of science. And 27 of them were well-known anti-GM activists or associated with anti-GM groups.
ENSSER is a barely credible group and is collecting signatures on their web site. You could sign it too, but you can see how little significance this actually is.
If you live in Washington State, every major newspaper has recommended a No vote on this misguided initiative. We agree.