Vatican scientists urge support for engineered crops (GOING AGAINST GOD! UNHOLY VATICAN!)

Source: New Scientist

Scientists have both the right and a moral duty to be "stewards of God" by genetically modifying crops to help the world's poor, scientific advisers to the Vatican said this week.

In a statement condemning opposition to GM crops in rich countries as unjustified, a group of scientists including leading members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is demanding a relaxation of "excessive, unscientific regulations" for approving GM crops, saying that these prevent development of crops for the "public good".

The statement was agreed unanimously by 40 international scientists after a week-long closed meeting held in May 2009 at the Vatican, convened by Ingo Potrykus. Potrykus is a member of the Pontifical Academy based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he developed "golden rice", a variety engineered with extra vitamin A to prevent childhood blindness.

Although the academy has yet to officially endorse the statement, it was approved by the seven members at the meeting, including academy chancellor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. "The Catholic Church has 1 billion members," says academy member Peter Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis, which once received funds from Monsanto. He adds that although this global community will never have a unified official line on GM crops, "our statement is about as close as you can get to one".
Immaterial risks

The academy expressed provisional support for GM crops in 2000, but the scientists say that it can now back the technology with more confidence. The statement calls for a revision of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, agreed in 2000 to regulate the movement of GM organisms between countries.

It says the environmental risks envisaged when the protocol was drafted have not materialised, adding that regulatory hurdles make it too expensive for anyone other than large multinational firms to develop crops benefiting the poor, such as drought-resistant cassava and yams.

Also challenged is the objection made by critics of GM that, by messing with nature, genetic engineers are "playing God" (see "No uncertain terms"). The statement denounces as outdated many allegations made by GM critics. "There has not been a single documented case of harm to consumers or the environment," says Potrykus.

He and the co-authors therefore argue for relaxation of what they say are draconian regulations preventing development of crops for the poor. Potrykus says his attempts to bring golden rice to poor consumers demonstrate the scale of the problem. "It took 10 years longer and $20 million more than a normal variety to commercialise it," he says. "The time and investment required is prohibitive for any public sector institution, so the future use of this technology for the poor totally depends on reform of regulation," he says.

Anti-GM group Friends of the Earth maintains that GM crops are not the solution. "We need food and farming policies that put the needs of people before the profits of a handful of GMO companies," says campaigner Mute Schimpf.

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Sorry I can't agree with these Unholy Assholes in the Vatican! What more proof do you need that the Catholic Church is part of the control of the New World Order! They should be siding on Food the way God made them, not the Devil! with deadly GMOs!
One of the Richest and most corrupt organisations in the World, enough weatlh to feed the world for 5 years, and it wants to kill everyone with GMOs!! What evil Turds!! Lets get the Vatican out of Ireland!! Did you see the upside down cross behind the pope's Chair and the Deformed and crooked Cross the Pope carrys? A known demonic Symbol!

The Catholic Church no longer serve us, it never really did! It only served itself as it has always done!
I know some may be shocked about what I have to say about the Catholic Chruch, but it not the holy organisation that you think or have been brainwashed to believe it is.
The vatican has its arse in a bag over the child abuse and now they do this, credibility shot to bits!
The RCC has been backing GM "food" for years;

http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/religion/zenit.html

As if pope nazinger and the archbishops really give a damn about the worlds hungry. The RCC is a parasitic organisation that is completely rotten at the top, It doesn't surprise me one bit that it is backing GMOs. Not everyone in the RCC is a scumbag, there are a lot of well meaning people at the bottom of the pecking order... Sadly the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.
You are right Caoimhin It is only the top were you find the Scum!!
They did have credibility at one point, but we were deceived from the very start. This is one of the forms of the three controls.

Thank you Diane!

Namaste!

Well thats pretty f**ked up! I guess the vatican see dollar signs on this one.
Caoimhin MacMuiris said:
The RCC has been backing GM "food" for years;

http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/religion/zenit.html

As if pope nazinger and the archbishops really give a damn about the worlds hungry. The RCC is a parasitic organisation that is completely rotten at the top, It doesn't surprise me one bit that it is backing GMOs. Not everyone in the RCC is a scumbag, there are a lot of well meaning people at the bottom of the pecking order... Sadly the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.
My saying is 'the scum always floats to the top', I homebrew so I can say certainly that this is nature!

Charles Magus said:
You are right Caoimhin It is only the top were you find the Scum!!
Lol! Thank you Diane! Nice one!! ;-)

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