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Re: reply to archive 1112

I highly object to the suggestion that Dr. Pusztai proved himself unworthy.
If anybody proved himself unworthy it is Prof James, Pusztai's boss. If any people
proved themselves unworhy, it is those idiots who attacked Pusztai on the fact
that his srudy was not peer-reviewed and published. If anybody proves himself
unworthy it is people who suggest that NO ONE in industry wants to release plants
with lectins, whereas the field trials with "lectin-plants" are happening for
years already.

I would like to know which way of safety testing the proponents have in mind?

Rick Roush wrote:

> Wytze:
> 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
> crops.
> Rick
> >...... 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.
> >Pusztai.
> >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.
> >wytze
> >