SIRC Media Watch Archive
Comment and Opinion – January 2002

CSPI responds to Guidelines. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is an organisation that we have not always viewed as being the true champion of balanced and evidence-based debate … In contrast, however, to what Tufts Nutrition Navigator has described as their "sensational and alarmist tone", the CSPI has taken a remarkedly sane stance on the issue of genetically modified foods … we applauded their press release which announced that "Genetically Engineered Foods On The Market Appear To Be Safe" … Now the CSPI has responsed with reciprocal enthusiasm to our Guidelines on Science and Health Reporting. Full story.

The Scientific divide. "There is a popular belief that modern food production techniques are responsible for many of the ills of society particularly among the Green Movement, and that we should return to some Tolkeinesque rural idyll where food is produced locally using organic farming methods and that food should be bought in farmer's markets and corner shops. I wish to challenge this view." Speech by Professor Tom Sanders – Full text.