(NAFB)--American Soybean Association Danny Murphy recently responded to the study claiming a link between feed made from biotech soybean meal and stomach inflammation in hogs with a letter to the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Murphy noted there are many holes in the study’s science and methodology that have since been pointed out by well-versed scientists who routinely conduct studies in the biotechnology, physiology, toxicology and veterinary fields.
But Murphy’s focus was the statement of study author Judy Carman regarding the need to investigate if people are getting digestive problems from eating genetically modified crops, too. Murphy noted 17 years and literally trillions of servings of food and rations of feed without a single adverse human or animal health effect since biotech crops were released. Further - Murphy said the investigation Carman calls for already exists in droves. He said hundreds of existing studies look at the potential health impacts of biotech crops in human and animal applications - and all say biotech crops are as safe as their conventional counterparts. Given the mountain of preexisting science - Murphy said it appears Carman is less interested in more investigation and more interested in investigation that agreed with her anti-biotech viewpoint. According to Murphy - that’s not science - it’s cleverly-cloaked advocacy.
Murphy went on to state the challenge farmers, activists and consumers face. Within the next 40 years - as the population grows to more than nine-billion people - Murphy said we’ll need to produce more food than we’ve produced in the 10-thousand years before it. He said we need every tool at our disposal to meet that challenge -including biotech, non-biotech, organic, conventional, local, regional, national and global. To limit our use of any one tool as Carman and her fellow anti-biotech activists would suggest - Murphy concluded - is to limit our ability to feed our friends, our neighbors and ourselves as our collective need grows.