Leading Scientist sacked after presidential intervention because of critisizing GE foods
A sensational turn of the Arpad Pusztai affair
Dr Arpad Pusztai, a world renowned nutrition expert, expressed doubts about the safety of GE foods on BBC TV "World In Action broadcast" in August 1998. Because he was a leading expert, this was a great sensation. So Pusztai's critisim was aired all over the world.
But a few days later again, all over the world, the story was aired that he was an old man (68) who had confused his results, making wrong conclusions. This was however a lie. Both me and other scientists who talked with him when this happened found that his mind was perfectly clear. The "senility" story was part of a plot aimed at destroying his credibility.
He was sacked by his employer, Rowett Research Instiute, the leading nutrition research institute in UK.
Pusztai was heavily attacked by fellow scientists, especially the British Royal Society (the foremost scientific organization, corresponding to the National Academy of Science in other countries). He was expelled from the illustrious international Lectin research group that he had founded.
But the world leading medical journal, Lancet, found these attacks unfair and published Pusztai's research. This was a first step towards his rehabilitation as a scientist that Pusztai has struggled hard for ever since these concerted attacks started. Several independent scientists, including PSRAST, have been supporting his case, finding the attacks on him unscientific, being dictated by partial interests in favor of genetic engineering.
Now the story has taken a sensational turn. From an article in the UK newspaper "Daily Mail" (july 2003) it appears that Prime Minister Tony Blair was instigated by President Clinton to stop Pusztai.
Comment by PSRAST
The aggressive and united attacks against Dr. Pusztai by leading scientists appear in a new light through this revealing story.
It appears that a major part of the community of scientists in the GE field has turned into a deliverer of "desired truths" as dictated by the government and by the powerful multinational industry. Many scientists may be doing so most unwillingly, but the Pusztai case is a warning example of what they can expect if they dare to fulfill their duty as scientists to be objective and impartial. For more about this problem, see Dysfunctional science - Towards a "pseudoscientfic world order"? and The New Thought Police - Suppressing Dissent in Science.
The tenet of biotech proponents that a majority of scientists find GE foods unproblematic, sounds very hollow against this background.
It needs to be added that it was no coincidence that Clinton got involed. The biotech giant Monsato was a major sponsor of President Clinton and had a strong influence on his policies. After he took office, his administration supported the corporation in several ways, including appointing Monsanto people to FDA top positions, threatening (by way of USDA) dairymen with confiscation if they labelled their milk free from Monsantos rBGH (genetically engineered hormone), supporting an attempt by FDA to allow genetically engineered foods to be listed among organic foods, and most importantly, it was the Clinton administation that enabled the launch of (Monsanto's) GE foods into the market by gagging the FDA scientists who warned about their dangers (see FDA lawsuit).
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