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I found this message of 3 May while looking back for one of your other
messages. EVERYONE trusted Pusztai until he made a large mistake, not just
in coming up with results that someone didn't like, but because he
misrepresented them.  I also trust people until they prove themselves
unworthy.  Even the rest of his team has disavowed him.  So far as I am
aware, NO ONE in industry wants to release plants with lectins.  I
understood that this was a project under study by UK government scientists.

Arguing that no amount of tests can ever provide enough answers allows no
compromises and will clearly satisfy only the opponents of transgenic


>...... First,  Dr.
>Pusztai was someone who was trusted by industry, until he came with
>results that
>were not so much appreciated, to say it mildly. For years, industry has
>used Dr.
>Pusztai's studies in order to get permission for field trials with specific
>lectins. I think that industry still has to make a major apology to Dr.
>Dr. Pusztai and his team would be one of the few teams that have the skill,
>expertise and credibility to perform such research, as far as I am concerned.
>Second: it will be very difficult to establish what exactly would be
>required to
>have testing that would be acknowledged by both sides. I know that
>suggestions are
>made to test GE food as thoroughly as medicines. I object to this since it is
>exactly in the field of medicines where after thorough testing almost
>always side
>effects in certain groups of people (or animals) show up.
>Third: it may remain doubtful that all possible effects can ever be
>determined, no
>matter how many tests are being performed.