Australian Nobel Prize laureate Professor Barry Marshall has labelled the lobby group supporting farmer Steve Marsh in landmark legal proceedings about GM contamination as dishonest. Marshall told ABC radio the Safe Food Foundation’s name was a “con job” because it implied that genetically modified foods were not safe. He said the group was trying to make organic foods more competitive by driving up GM food prices through increased public concern and government regulation.
Marshall and fellow researcher Robin Warren won their Nobel Prize in 2005 for showing that a bacterium is the cause of most peptic ulcers, reversing decades of medical doctrine holding that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, or too much acid.
“If you say you are the Safe Food Foundation, that means you’re implying that your food is safer or that every other bit of food that we’re eating is not safe,” Marshall said. “If they were a really honest foundation, they would call themselves the anti-GM foundation.”
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