Scientific American editors decry research restrictions on GMOs

Free the seeds. The editors of Scientific American — no group of Luddites — say that it is time for producers of genetically modified (GM) seeds to allow independent research on their products. Currently, the purchase of GM seeds, requires agreement to a contract with the producer that stipulates, among other things, that no independent research will be done with the seeds. This prevents researchers from confirming that the seeds do what they claim, testing them under drought or extra-wet conditions, investigating potential environmental damage, studying health effects, to name a few possibilities. On the rare occassions permission is granted, the results must be reviewed by the manufacturer before release. And — surprise, surprise — unfavorable results almost never receive permission for publication. The editors recommend that the EPA require that allowing research on all currently marketed products be a precondition for any approvals of new products. (Scientific American)

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