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Meet the Scientific "Experts" Claiming GMO Foods are Safe

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Last month, I wrote about how the food industry has hired powerful consultants with ties to Big Tobacco to oppose California's Proposition 37, which would require labeling of all genetically engineered foods. Now, the No on 37 campaign (ironically named the "Stop the Deceptive Labeling Scheme") is putting up alleged scientific experts to do its bidding, once again taking a page from the tobacco industry playbook.

Third-party experts, aka corporate shills

When corporations such as Philip Morris or Monsanto don't have actual facts on their side, they have to resort to "third-party experts" to speak on their behalf. While the name implies no obvious ties to either side, it doesn't take much digging to uncover the bias of the scientific experts for No on 37.

Enter Henry Miller, a physician and molecular biologist who recently penned an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle claiming (among other misleading statements) that, "Americans have consumed more than 3 trillion servings of food with genetically engineered ingredients - with not a single documented ill effect."

This statement is about as relevant as saying that genetically engineered food does not cause herpes. No one has been looking for effect either.

Miller also misrepresented the positions of the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the National Academy of Sciences by claiming these groups "and other respected medical and health organizations all conclude that genetically engineered foods are safe."

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