The Anti-GMO Left: Same as the Climate Change Deniers on the Right

Neil deGrasse Tyson had something to say about the anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) crowd here:

I’ve always found it odd that the left will bash the right for being anti-science because of the climate change deniers while holding a belief that’s anti-science (being anti-GMO). It’s as baseless and fear-mongering-based as the climate change deniers.

As Tyson says, there are chemicals in everything we eat and if we could put labels on fruits and vegetables, the “healthy” food, we would see how many chemicals are in those as well.

The American Association for The Advancement of Science, the largest organization of its kind, had this to say:

Contrary to popular misconceptions, GM [genetically modified] crops are the most extensively tested crops ever added to our food supply. There are occasional claims that feeding GM foods to animals causes aberrations ranging from digestive disorders, to sterility, tumors and premature death. Although such claims are often sensationalized and receive a great deal of media attention, none have stood up to rigorous scientific scrutiny. Indeed, the science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.

2 thoughts

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’m always interested in listening to Tyson’s thoughts on issues that may be his special area of expertise. He usually has a very simple and blunt way of putting things that I enjoy.

    One thought I had while reading your thoughts…with climate change I think both sides are generally fear-mongering-based as unfortunately, most of us are convinced that fear is the way to motivate people to change.

    I don’t want to stop polluting the air, burning fossil fuels, contributing to the melting of the polar ice, and so on because I’m afraid of the bigger storms, rising sea levels and the destruction that is what is generally the first thing the scientist community points to. I want to stop doing those things because I would actually like to live in a city that doesn’t have a giant smogcloud all over it. I would like air to be clean. I would like oceans to not be filled with our trash and plastic. And I think this won’t happen until we see the planet as important as we see ourselves. Many of us have difficulty seeing beyond our bank accounts which motivates much of the way we live, the jobs we do, and what we consume.


    1. Very well said and thank you for taking the time to respond. And it’s true, not even just specific to stewardship of the planet, that we have a hard time seeing beyond the immediacy of our own problems.


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