The “conversion” of former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas to GMO promoter has garnered huge media attention, but Thierry Vrain, Ph.D., a former genetic engineer who speaks out against the risks of genetically engineered foods, has far more credibility—and a far more important story to tell the public.
Thierry Vrain’s career has spanned the
full range of agriculture—from being a proponent of “chemical”
agriculture and genetic engineering to being an advocate for organic
farming and an opponent of GMOs.
"Research scientists from the US Food &
Drug Administration made it clear in the early 1990s that there could
be indirect effects from eating GM crops, such as toxins, allergens,
and nutritional deficiencies. Those warnings were ignored. Now a good
number of publications are confirming the predictions of the FDA
"It troubles me that money and the bottom line are at the root of the use of the technology...
"When we started with genetic engineering in the 1980s, the science
was based on the theory that one gene produces one protein. But we
now know, since the human genome project, that a gene can create more
than one protein. The insertion of genes in the genome through genetic
engineering interrupts the coding sequence of the DNA, creating
truncated, rogue proteins, which can cause unintended effects. It’s an
"When I hear we need genetic engineering to feed the world, I cringe.
It turns out that there is no increase in yield, no decrease use of
pesticides, and the process is of highly questioned safety."
Read the entire article and interview here.