Michael Hansen, Ph.D. Sr. Scientist, Consumers Union – on Labeling GE Foods

 

GMO Senior Scientist,  Dr. Michael Hansen’s most recent testimony on labeling genetically engineered food in front to the Connecticut Legislature in March, 2016.  He also recently coauthored a Scientific Consensus Statement of Concern on Glyphosate-Based Herbicides, in the journal Environmental Health on the risk assessment and toxicology of Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, which is attached in the link below:

https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/kiddata/tmy/2016HB-05300-R000303-Michael%20Hansen,%20Consumers%20Union-TMY.PDF

 

GMO SALMON APPROVAL BASED ON BAD SCIENCE

Dr. Michael Hansen speaks out about the flawed FDA salmon approval:  Hansen and other advocates have pointed to several areas in which the research relied upon by the FDA was severely wanting, including the impact of genetic engineering on human health, the impact of genetic engineering on the health of the fish, and the potential implications for wild fish populations.  Further: the sample sizes were “abysmally small,” he says. They tested only six fertile fish for the general allergenic reaction study. “Six fish – that’s below high school level statistics,” he adds. “This sets a precedent for every engineered animal that comes after it,” Hansen says. “It sets the bar for how stringent the approval [process] is going to be. And they just set the bar basically on the floor.” http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33826-fda-s-approval-of-genetically-engineered-salmon-based-on-bad-science-say-consumer-advocates

APRIL 30, 2015 DR. HANSEN’S TESTIMONY ON MAINE LABELING LD991

https://consumersunion.org/research/cu-testifies-on-a-bill-that-will-amend-maines-genetically-modified-food-products-labeling-law/T

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TESTIMONY ON CT GE FOOD LABELING BILL 

Testimony on HB 6519, an Act Concerning the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food, before the Committee on Public Health, Hartford, CT

By Michael Hansen, Ph.D.  Senior Scientist Consumers Union  3/15/13
Dear Committee members,
Thank you for the opportunity to present testimony in support of HB 6519, an Act Concerningthe Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food.

My name is Michael Hansen and I am a senior scientist at Consumers Union (CU), the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. I have worked on the issue of genetically engineered (GE) foods for more than 20 years and have been involved in the decisions/debate about these foods at the state, national, and international levels.

Genetic engineering is very different than conventional forms of breeding. Genetic engineering allows exchanges of genes between life forms that could never do so naturally.  Scientists have used genetic engineering to put spider genes into goats and human genes into rice plants.  Indeed, there is global ageement that because genetic engineering is different than conventional breeding, safety assessments should be completed for all GE foods, including crops and animals, prior to marketing.  The human safety problems that may arise from GE include the introduction of new allergens or increased levels of naturally occurring allergens, of plant toxins, and changes in nutrition.  There may also be other unintended effects.  The United States, however, unlike all other developed countries, does not require safety testiing for genetically engineered plants, although it does require testing for GE animals.

To read complete testimony, go to:
http://www.consumersunion.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CT.GE_.lbl_.HB-6519.3.15.13.pdf

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