OMG! Why are so many people going ballistic over GMO?

If social media is to be believed, Monsanto is Public Enemy No. 1, or very close to it. Seems like even people I would normally consider as reasonable, just seem to go batshit crazy when it comes to Monsanto and GMO’s more specifically.

I’ve been conducting a running argument on this blog and over email with one of my many critics (whose name shall remain concealed from those who have not read the comments section on the relevent post), who insists that GMO’s are harmful, evil even, despite there being little to no evidence to support that assertion. He picks his evidence from websites that spread absolute bollocks, like Natural News.com (no, I’m not even going to link to it), to trusting without question the horse-shit written by wacko’s like Mike Adams. [Read this response to his latest attack on GMO’s].

I’m not going to try to convince you on my own why GMO’s are perfectly safe. I’ll just leave that to someone who is by far more eminent. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I’m amazed how much objection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public. It smacks of the fear factor that exists at every new emergent science, where people don’t fully understand it or don’t fully know or embrace its consequences, and therefore reject it. What most people don’t know, but they should, is that practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food.

There are no wild seedless watermelons; there’s no wild cows; there’s no long-stem roses growing in the wild — although we don’t eat roses. You list all the fruit, and all the vegetables, and ask yourself: Is there a wild counterpart to this? If there is, it’s not as large, it’s not as sweet, it’s not as juicy, and it has way more seeds in it.

We have systematically genetically modified all the foods, the vegetables and animals, that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them. It’s called “artificial selection.” That’s how we genetically modify them. So now that we can do it in a lab, all of a sudden you’re going to complain?

If you’re the complainer type, go back and eat the apples that grow wild. You know something? They’re this big, and they’re tart. They’re not sweet, like Red Delicious apples. We manufactured those. That’s a genetic modification.

Do you realize silk cannot be produced in the wild? The silkworm, as we cultivate it, has no wild counterpart because it would die in the wild. So there’s not even any silk anymore. So we are creating and modifying the biology of the world to serve our needs. I don’t have a problem with that, cause we’ve been doing that for tens of thousands of years. So chill out.

Here’s the video:

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4 thoughts on “OMG! Why are so many people going ballistic over GMO?

  1. I recently read an article by a mother who tried to put her entire family on the ‘paleo’ diet until she realised that we literally do not have access to much of what our ancestors would have eaten in it’s original form. No Aurochs – our ancestors hunted them to extinction – and avocados used to have giant seeds with a thin layer of flesh under the peel.

    • Yeah, unfortunately the great swell of pseudoscientific hysteria built up around GMO’s has the greater public caught up in its wake. Critical thinking has all but drowned.

  2. Lenny, it is not only the GMO, Monsanto manipulates the economy and the sectors of trade where they are active. if you watch the movie Foodinc. you get a an idea of the threat they hold to our “normal” and free society.

    • Marius, like any big corporation I’m sure Monsanto are no angels. But there is no conclusive scientific evidence that GMO’s are bad for you, and it is sad that due to the hysteria around GMO’s, the company is vilified, rather than in its own right.

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