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Science policy expert challenges EFSA over biased review of aspartame

Erik Millstone, professor of science policy at the University of Sussex, has submitted a report to EFSA challenging its biased review of the artificial sweetener aspartame. EFSA had issued an opinion saying aspartame is safe, though history and much scientific evidence says otherwise. Prof Millstone emphasizes that a fundamental problem at EFSA is its asymmetrical evaluations of evidence. It habitually [...]

March 11th, 2013|

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The genetic engineering debate

In this classic article from The Ecologist, Australian psychiatrist Dr David Straton explains how genetic engineering is carried out and the risks posed by the technique. While the article dates from 1977, it is still relevant. Article summary: Genetic engineering has aroused an unprecedented controversy in the scientific world. It has been described by one Nobel prize winner as creating the [...]

March 11th, 2013|

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Conflicts of interest at the EFSA erode public confidence

The article, “Conflicts of interest at the European Food Safety Authority erode public confidence”, has been published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, part of the British Medical Journal group. (Download the PDF.) […]

March 9th, 2013|

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Food can seriously damage your health

The horsemeat scandal is just the tip of the iceberg, as consumers don’t know what’s in their food, regardless of packaging fraud. More and more food contains residues of carcinogenic herbicides. The industry has a strong hold on Europe’s food safety agency, holding back independent standards and inspections. […]

March 7th, 2013|

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EU-US free trade deal will dismantle EU public health protections on GM foods

Earth Open Source press release, 18 Feb 2013 Contact: Claire Robinson claire.robinson@earthopensource.org An EU-US free trade deal would obliterate EU safeguards for health and the environment with regard to genetically modified (GM) crops and foods, warns Earth Open Source. […]

February 18th, 2013|