Anti-GMO groups seek to remove Europe’s chief scientific adviser

If you can’t change the science, change the scientists.

This is what nine groups opposed to genetically modified organisms want to do according to their letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, urging him to scrap the role of his chief scientific adviser (CSA).

The groups – including Greenpeace – disagree with the advice that British professor of biology Anne Glover, the current CSA, has given to the commission on the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

They told Juncker that the commission should take its advice “from a variety of independent, multidisciplinary sources with a focus on the public interest” and that Glover shouldn’t be listened to because hers is just one opinion. No matter that Glover is herself advised by hundreds of European research organisations and the Joint Research Council, academies and learned societies from across the sciences and across the world, universities, expert committees, science associations and citizen science.

Related article:  GMO labeling law makes 'Biggest Science Setbacks of 2016' list

We signed a letter to Juncker yesterday along with other organisations and individuals who share a commitment to improving the evidence available to policy-makers. We want to make sure Juncker feels our outrage at any attempt to undermine the integrity and independence of scientific advice received at the highest level of the European Commission.

Read the full, original article: Don’t scrap Europe’s chief scientific adviser

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