WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Es una locura que se rechacen alimentos #transgénicos como ayuda humanitaria”
JILL FARRANT, GENETISTA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE CIUDAD DEL CABO
“ Casi todos los animales que comemos han sido alimentados con soja y piensos transgénicos”
José Miguel Mulet, profesor de Biotecnología en la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) e investigador en el Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP)
“La agricultura no podría existir sin la tecnología”
José Miguel Mulet, profesor de Biotecnología en la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) e investigador en el Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP)
“Nie należy się obawiać pasz z soją GMO ”
Prof. Franciszek Brzóska z Instytutu Zootechniki – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy w Krakowie
“Le guste o no a Greenpeace, los transgénicos tienen menor impacto ambiental”
Daniel Ramón Vidal, Doctor de Ciencias Biológicas por la Universidad de Valencia y director científico de Biópolis
“La pseudociencia es un grave problema para la divulgación científica”
David Bueno i Torrens, Doctor en Biología y especialista en Genética de la Universidad de Barcelona
“My conclusion here today is very clear: the GM debate is over. You are more likely to get hit by an asteroid than to get hurt by GM food”
Mark Lynas, British writer and environmentalist, former anti-GMO activist
“O ile rzeczywiście trafiają do mnie argumenty o wprowadzeniu zakazu upraw GMO w Polsce, to uważam, że nie rna powodów, by w przyszłości myśleć o wprowadzeniu zakazu importu do Polski np. paszy z roślin GMO.”
Jarosław Kalinowski - Poseł do Parlamentu Europejskiego.
“Banning GM imports means doing away with our capability of producing food”
Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis
“Podstawą funkcjonowania społeczeństwa obywatelskiego powinna być otwarta debata prowadzona w intencji dochodzenia do racjonalnych konkluzji na drodze wymiany argumentów, umożliwiająca podejmowanie szeroko akceptowanych decyzji. Warunkiem skuteczności takiego postępowania jest kompetencja i intelektualna uczciwość adwersarzy. Nie odnoszę wrażenia, że w sprawie GMO taka debata ma miejsce w Polsce.”
Prof. Michał Kleiber - były Prezes PAN
“No hay ninguna razón científica para que la agricultura ecológica y convencional no utilicen los cultivos transgénicos resistentes a insectos, a virus y enfermedades”
Mertxe de Renobales, bioquímica Universidad del País Vasco (UPV)
“The evidence is very clear that the [GM] technology is safe”
Prof Anne Glover, ex Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission
“We need strong & competitive European research on plant breeding”
MEP Marit Paulsen (2015)
“GM crops will be a key agricultural technology for the 21st century, and it is important that we maintain UK research in that area”
Lord de Mauley, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science
“Genetic engineering techniques play a major role in increasing crop productivity amidst the effects of climate change that cause high temperatures, drought and soil salinity”
Dr. Adel El-Beltagy, Egypt's Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
“GM foods are a solution to combat hunger in the world”
Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Prize in Medicine
“De nombreux pays y ont recours et les OGM sont largement présents dans notre alimentation et celle des animaux ; or nous ignorons les répercussions que pourrait entraîner l'interdiction totale des OGM dans l'agriculture française, laquelle est fortement concurrencée à l'international.”
M. Gérard Bailly, Sénateur du Jura (19/11/2014)
“The consequence of inactions are that we are potentially, particularly in Europe, denying access to technologies that actually will potentially help feed people in ways that damage the environment less”
Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science, 2014
“Gentechnisch veränderte Futtermittel sind unbedenklich”
Federal German government, 2014
“"Pour pouvoir faire concurrence aux pays étrangers, il faudra que nous ayons nos entreprises de biotechnologies, nos Google... toutes ces entreprises qui créent des emplois et de la richesse dans le pays”
Jean Tirole, Prix Nobel d'économie 2014
“There is also mounting evidence that the technology has changed the livelihood of peasant farmers in many countries”
Pathmanathan Umaharan, Professor in Genetics and Head of the Cocoa Research Centre at the University of the West Indies
“The GM technology has the potential to create climate resilient crops to mitigate against the adverse effects of climate change as well as protect crops against the risk of pest damage”
Pathmanathan Umaharan, Professor in Genetics and Head of the Cocoa Research Centre at the University of the West Indies
“Let farmers give the verdict”
Professor Dr Shanthu Shantharam of the Iowa State University’s Seed Science Centre
“If we managed to change very subtly the genetic make-up of rice crops we can make them 50-60% more productive.”
Leo Enright, Chairman of the Government’s science awareness programme, Discover Science and Engineering
“When there is something as important to humanity as hunger, and something as controversial as GMOs, let us encourage research under solid ethical guidelines, and then, sharing the results, let us do so in a climate of listening and dialogue”
Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson
“The findings of science must be put to use in order to ensure a high productivity of land in such a way that the local population can secure food and sustenance without destroying nature”
John Paul II
“Genetically modified seeds can quadruple production and take the country’s poorest sectors out of misery.”
Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, Ecuador Times, 2012
“Biotechnology, in the form of GM crops, must be part of the solution.”
Miguel Arias Cañete, Former Spanish Agriculture Minister
“I think it is time to look again at the whole issue for GM food. We need to be open to arguments from science.”
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
“Scientific opinions have confirmed time and again to the Commission that the cultivation of approved GM products is of no scientific concern.”
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
“Policy decisions must be based on evidence and sound science.”
José Manuel Barroso, EU Commission President (2004-2014)
“Green biotechnology is able to develop new molecules of high added value.”
François Hollande, French President
“There is no credible scientific evidence proving that GM crops have adverse impact on the environment, human health and livestock”
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, India's Agriculture Minister
“Wszystkie rośliny genetycznie zmodyfikowane zanim zostaną dopuszczone do uprawy lub jako żywność i pasza w UE są szczegółowo przebadane, czyli zgodnie z obowiązującym prawem. One muszą być bezpieczne dla zdrowia człowieka, zwierzą i środowiska, zanim dopuścimy je w UE do wykorzystania. ”
dr Sławomir Sowa - Instytut Hodowli i Aklimatyzacji Roślin Państwowy Instytut Badawczy w Radzikowie (IHAR)
“Od 1994 roku produkty GM funkcjonują na rynkach całego świata i do tej pory nikt nie zdołał udowodnić szkodliwości tych produktów.”
Prof. dr hab. Janusz Zimny - Instytut Hodowli i Aklimatyzacji Roślin Państwowy Instytut Badawczy w Radzikowie (IHAR)
“Polskę nie da się zadrutować mówiąc o tym, że Polska będzie wolna od GMO. Unia Europejska cierpi na niedostatek białka i rocznie sprowadzamy 35 mln ton soi modyfikowanej w tym Polska sprowadza ponad 2 mln, codziennie konsumujemy produkty na bazie roślin modyfikowanych. ”
Tadeusz Szymańczak (Rolnik oraz członek Polskiego Związku Producentów Roślin Zbożowych)
“Dzisiaj pytanie czy jesteś za czy przeciwko GMO bez wyjaśnienia co to jest GMO, jakie niesie ze sobą korzyści i zagrożenia jest pytaniem skazanym na porażkę”
Adam Koryzna (rolnik oraz Prezes Stowarzyszenia „Koalicja na Rzecz Nowoczesnego Rolnictwa”)
“We should rely on the opinions of our own scientists in EFSA and not on ideology.”
Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade
“En materia de transgénicos, la posición española ha sido siempre la de apoyar nuestras decisiones sobre criterios científicos”
Isabel García Tejerina, Ministra de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente
“Desde que apareció la agricultura en la tierra comenzaron a mejorarse las plantas”
José María Seguí Simarro, Doctor en Biología, profesor del Departamento de Biotecnología de la UPV e investigador del COMAV
“GM is a safe, proven and beneficial innovation.”
Owen Paterson, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012-14)
“GMOs offer potential of increased agricultural productivity, improved nutritional values that can contribute directly to enhancing human health and development.”
World Health Organisation, 2005
“I'm convinced that modern genetic technology could help get better yields from local and regional crops in Africa and South-East Asia.”
Jason Clay, Senior World Wide Fund's Vice President for Market Transformation
“Agricultural biotechnology has the potential for huge impacts on many facets of agriculture-crop and animal productivity, yield stability, environmental sustainability, and consumer traits important to the poor.”
World Development Report (World Bank 2008)
“National Academy of Sciences had found no adverse health effects from GMOs, and also concluded that they can be environmentally beneficial in some ways.”
Mark Tercek, President of The Nature Conservancy
“Forty gram of Golden Rice per day can save eyesight and the lives of more than 2 million people every year.”
Prof. Marc Van Montagu, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate
“The next generation of GM offers the most wonderful opportunities to improve human health.”
Owen Patterson, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012-14)
“The use of Bt maize can have positive health effects. It can lead to less contamination of food and feedstuffs by neuro toxic or cancerogenous mycotoxins.”
Swiss national research programme NFP 59
“El problema de los OMGs en la UE es que las decisiones no las toman los científicos”
María Dolores Rodríguez (Centro Hispano Luso de Investigaciones Agrarias CIALE y Universidad de Salamanca)
“I wish to recall, along with the few cases which I have cited that benefit from biological experimentation, the important advantages that come from the increase of food products and from the formation of new edible plant species for the benefit of all, especially people most in need.”
Pope John Paul II, Study Week on the Subject 'Modern Biological Experimentation', 1982
“L’enjeu, pour l’humanité, ce sont les OGM en eux-mêmes et ce qu’ils peuvent apporter à une planète menacée de surpopulation, d’épuisement des ressources en eau et de disette.”
Manuel Valls, Premier Ministre, France (source: "Pour en finir avec le vieux socialisme... et être enfin de gauche !", 2008)
“Le ministre entrouvre la porte aux OGM de deuxième génération. Il prend ainsi l'exemple du ”
Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre de l’Agriculture, France
“All scientific work, not just those associated with genetic engineering, gain significant value if their results can be used in practice”
prof. Tomasz Twardowski, Member of Polish Academy of Science
“Where conventional breeding is insufficient, GM technology may be justified. A look at global food security shows: 850 million people world wide go hungry and two billion people suffer from under-nutrition. We must find possibilities to grow food also in arid areas or under bad climatic conditions.”
Hans-Peter Friedrich, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Germany
“The use of GM could be as transformative as the original agricultural revolution.”
Owen Paterson, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012-14)
“Europe cannot wait much longer to embrace GM agriculture”
Marc Van Montagu, World Food Prize, 2013
“La demagogia de los ecologistas está perjudicando a millones de agricultores europeos”
Francisco Javier Fernández, miembro de la Asociación PRObio
“No podemos aislarnos de un mundo globalizado que ha adoptado los cultivos transgénicos sin complejos”
Miguel Arias Cañete, Ministro de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente
“Small farmers and industrial giants alike must learn to get more crop per drop. This means improved irrigation technologies, and less water-intensive and more climate-resilient crops.”
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
“Europe benefits hugely from the GM crops grown in the rest of the world.”
Owen Paterson, UK Secretary of State for the Environment (2012-14)
“Many green campaigns, like those against nuclear power and GM crops, are not actually scientifically defensible.”
Charles Secrett, Former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, 2011
“Just as my own anti-GM activism began to fade as soon as I began to read up on the science, so surely the demystifying power of information is the best antidote to “anti-science zealotry”, whether this is about nuclear power, GM crops, climate change or any other scientific endeavor.”
Mark Lynas, Environmental Commentator, July 2011
“77% of Europeans agree that the European Union should encourage its farmers to take advantage of progress in biotechnology.”
Special Eurobarometer: Europeans, Agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy, 2010
“It is important that we tone down the debate on GMOs to a rational level.”
John Dalli, former EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, 2011
“The European livestock industry runs on genetically engineered feed, and GM organisms are widely used in cheese, wine and beer.”
Jack Bobo, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology at the U.S. Department of State

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