On Saturday May 30 a new french youth group, Appel de la Jeunesse (The Call of Youth) held a round table debate at the European College of Ostéopathy in Paris.
The Appel de la Jeunesse issued the following statement, setting the scene for the debate :
We, the youth, do not accept:
that around us our parents, our close relations and even our peers, are touched by cancer;
that more and more young people experience difficulty in conceiving a child;
that as new parents, our children are affected with allergies or asthma;
the increasing obesity, diabetes and incapacitating diseases;
This speech would like to make us believe that all of this is inevitable, or that is only a matter of individual responsibility.
We do not regard this situation as normal!
Because our bodies and those of our children are immersed in widespread chemical pollution,
Because our food is increasingly artificial and contaminated by pesticides and additives,
Because marketing pushes us to being compulsive consumers of material products and fast food,
Because new technologies like mobile telephones, GMOs or nanotechnologies are developed without serious evaluation,
Because we are seeing a decrease in biodiversity as well as a changing climate – it is not possible for humans to be in good health on a sick planet.
We have launched the Appel de la Jeunesse to push health and the environment into the centre of the policy options.
In summary; thorough scientific investigation is required in order to guarantee that progress will benefit humans and the environment.
Below is a the list of speakers present at the roundtable–
Gilles-Eric SERALINI: Expert for the French government and the European Community on genetically modified organisms.
Maël RANNOU: Student, Co-president of Fac Verte Paris.
Pierre the RUZ: European expert on the question of the electromagnetic fields.
Roland DESBORDES: Physicist, President of Criirad.
François VEILLERETTE: President of the MDRGF, former President de Greenpeace.
Albert-Claude QUEMOUN: Professor of Pharmacology.
Yorghos REMVIKOS: Professor at the Faculty of Medicine.
Maria FURRIER: President de BioConvergence Rhône-Alpes.
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Written on 4 June 2009.