A Seedy Practice - IP laws used to block studies of GM crops

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    There is an opinion column in the August 2009 Scientific American detailing how big corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta use intellectual property laws and the threat of litigation to block independent research into the impact of GM crops, or information on whether they even perform as advertised. Only company-approved studies may be published and any studies that turn out negative are blocked from publication. Scientists often have to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.

    What this implies is that the majority, if not all, of the GM crops currently being used have had important research findings suppressed, and are only available commercially because the full risks were never revealed and in fact were likely to have been actively suppressed. This should be grounds for a blanket ban on such crops until independent research can verify their safety and scientists can be protected from career-destroying reprisals and financial ruin by the big corporations.

    Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... p-research

     
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