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Tue Mar 22, 2016, 06:45 PM

The Crusade in Favor of GMO: Falsehoods and Vilification Will Not Fool the Public

March 22, 2016
The Crusade in Favor of GMO: Falsehoods and Vilification Will Not Fool the Public

by Colin Todhunter

Pro-GMO campaigners often attack critics of the technology by claiming their negative views of it emanate from well-funded environmentalist groups or commercial interests in the organic food sector. The assertion is that such bodies promote falsehoods and scaremongering about GM to protect their own interests and that the GMO agritech sector has fallen victim to this.

Another claim is that critics rely on quackery on the internet or on some form of discredited science that is only carried out by those whom the ‘scientific community’ has seen fit to marginalise due to ‘bad’ science and a perceived political agenda.

The gist of the argument is that pseudo-science and a powerful ideologically motivated group are holding the world to ransom by conspiring to mislead the public and prevent the spread of GM, which according to pro-GMO activists, is denying the poor and hungry of the world access to food.

In a recent piece on Huffington Post, Jon Entine followed a similar line of attack to denigrate Rachel Parent, her family’s business interests and the campaign which she heads, Kids Right To Know (KRTK). He calls Parent a well-polished ‘crusader’ against GM food. He also argues that on the KRTK website, there is a stream of studies cited that raise concerns about GM, but which, according to Entine, are predictably and conveniently labelled as being mostly a combination of fringe research and a collection of discredited, misconstrued and biased studies.

More:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/22/the-crusade-in-favour-of-gmo-falsehoods-and-vilification-will-not-fool-the-public/

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Reply The Crusade in Favor of GMO: Falsehoods and Vilification Will Not Fool the Public (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 2016 OP
angstlessk Mar 2016 #1
Eko Mar 2016 #2
angstlessk Mar 2016 #3
Eko Mar 2016 #4
Eko Mar 2016 #5
Judi Lynn Mar 2016 #6
anotherproletariat Mar 2016 #7
Eko Mar 2016 #8
Gamecock Lefty Mar 2016 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 09:37 PM

1. We have a few of them here...watch them come in...

,,defending GMO's exactly as the piece demonstrates!

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 10:37 PM

2. Horrible article.

From the article "The GMO-consensus campaign points to the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of London as part of the scientific consensus, but neither organisation has an official policy on GMO safety. "


But there is this,,

The Royal Society of Medicine
7 Conclusions and recommendations
We recognise the valuable potential and current impact of plant biotechnology on the quality of food and its importance in the development of new crops. We support continuation of research on GM plants as valuable in itself and as the only way to assess the true potential of GM plants. However, the Royal Society recognises the concerns expressed with regard to the technology and believes that these should continue to be addressed through collaboration and dialogue between industrialists, public sector scientists, regulatory authorities and non-government organisations. It is important that the public debate about GM food takes account of wider issues than the science alone, but we wish to stress the importance of informing debate with sound science.

Page 10. https://royalsociety.org/~/media/Royal_Society_Content/policy/publications/2002/9960.pdf


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Response to Eko (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 10:40 PM

3. #1 pro GMO advocate

Not sure which are paid supporters?

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 10:43 PM

4. If you cant figure out the difference

between pro science of which I am or pro-gm of which I am ambivalent then that is your problem.

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 10:46 PM

5. From what I can tell

you are pro-misrepresenting facts to support your beliefs, since you agree with the article and it clearly misrepresented what the royal society said.

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 11:03 PM

6. Can't imagine anyone doing it from natural motivation. n/t

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Response to Eko (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 12:55 AM

7. Agreed, way too generalized. Each specific GMO needs to be examined independently. nt

 

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Response to anotherproletariat (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 02:33 AM

8. Thanks,

Science deals with specifics for the most part. I could say that natural foods kills more people every year than GMO foods and that would be true. Factually true. Does that mean GMO's are safer, no. Natural foods kill people because of how they are handled, GMO's once they hit the market will do the exact same more than likely. There is no evidence that one is safer than the other other than generalized idiotic bullshit. I have no problem with GMO's, I have no problem with natural foods, there is no one solution fixes everything food wise on our planet, to think so is to be dogmatic. Lets use all the tools available and not be so rigidly fixed on the one that fits our own narrative. Lets believe in science. The only objective tool we have for such subjective poor fools that we are.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 10:56 AM

9. Science Over Fear!

Deaths from malnutrition = millions

Deaths from GMOs = zero

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