Academicsreview.org Answers Anti-Biotech Claims

Farmer Gene

A new website, Academics Review, scientifically examines claims against biotech foods made by food activist Jeffrey Smith.

Founders Bruce Chassy, Ph.D., professor of food microbiology and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. David Tribe, Ph.D., senior lecturer in food science, food safety, biotechnology and microbiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, authored a point-by-point scientific analysis of Smith’s claims, which is posted on the site.

Reliable information is extremely important to enable people to make healthy choices,” said Tribe. “We hope Academics Review will be a resource for anyone who respects the open-minded search for truth that is the basis for scientific thinking.”

Chassy and Tribe point out anyone searching the Internet for information to help them decide on the safety of biotech foods would likely find a lot by Jeffrey Smith, who, like many people pushing advice online, isn’t an expert on the issue.

Much of the ‘evidence’ Smith cites for his theories about GM foods has never been peer-reviewed or examined by the international community of scientists for verification,” said Chassy.

Researchers, teachers, and other credentialed professionals in a range of scientific fields are welcome to apply to join Academics Review as participating members, and are invited to visit the Web site for more information.

Over time, additional content will be added to the site to help people access sound science about a variety of issues that affect their lives,” Chassy and Tribe said.

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