Ms. Glover, who holds a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Cambridge and previously served as Scotland’s Chief Scientific Adviser, was hired by the Commission in 2011 to “provide independent expert advice on any aspect of science, technology and innovation.” Her term, which is due to end in December, could have been renewed or a different scientist could have been appointed. But last month new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that he would allow her mandate to expire, effectively abolishing the Chief Scientific Adviser role.
Ms. Glover had dared to draw on her expertise to conclude that there isn’t “a single piece of scientific evidence” to validate anti-GMO hysteria, as she told a scientific conference in Aberdeen, U.K., last year. “I am 99.99% certain from the scientific evidence that there are no health issues with food produced from GM crops.” Opposition to GMOs, she said, is “a form of madness.”
These views are in line with the EU’s own expert body, the European Food Safety Authority. Over the years, the authority has determined that numerous GMO products—soybean, maize and cotton among them—are as safe for human and animal consumption as their conventional counterparts. Ditto Britain’s Royal Society of Medicine, the U.S. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization.
But for the greens some scientific consensuses are more sacred than others, and Ms. Glover’s comments sent their lobbyists scrambling. “The current [Chief Scientific Adviser] presented one-sided, partial opinions in the debate on the use of genetically modified organisms,” wrote an activist coalition led by Greenpeace to Mr. Juncker in July. “We hope that you as the incoming Commission President will decide not to nominate a chief scientific adviser.”
Homeopathic medicines, IQ tests, nuclear energy, etc., all survive scientific “certainty” when the desired outcome isn’t delivered. Question global warming, however, and the same folks demand your imprisonment or even execution.