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Ok readers. It is time to come clean about something that is deeply troubling to me. I have read. I have learned. I have talked to a real scientist. I have even tried to get past the abstract and decipher scientific jargon in a report (epic fail). I have pondered. I have soul searched. I have changed.Ei lisättävää. Valitettavasti nykyinen mediatulva sisältää paljon tieteeksi naamioitua potaskaa ja suoranaista valheeseen perustuvaa taikauskoa, joten pitkä matka on kuljettava, ennen kuin voimme suhtautua geenimuunteluun neutraalisti, tieteen tuottaman tiedon mukaisesti.
Here it is: science is laughing at us.
I put the statement in bold and used it as a title for this post because I want it to be seen and known. Science sees us as a joke. The “us” I am referring to are the folks behind the anti-GMO movement. The movement is gaining momentum in the US right now and I have been solidly in the camp of banner waving followers but my views are starting to moderate because of what I am learning.
Let me be clear about one thing. By science, I do not mean the biotech industry or any industry. I do not mean Monsanto, DuPont, Dow or any of those huge corporations. I mean pure science for the purpose of science. The kind that is studied and practiced at institutions of higher learning where people get doctorates and do cutting edge research. Of course, industry may apply the research but what I’m getting at is that the science I’m talking about does not have a monetary agenda. It is not biased. If it were biased, it could not be science.
There is a great divide going on, between science and – let’s call it non-science. Oh sure, there has always been contention in this arena but today, this contention affects whole populations and the livelihood of individuals. It affects food, land and water. It affects politics, policies and very important decisions. Scientists are laughing at us – but they’re also crying because movements like this wield a lot of power and well meaning folks can, unbeknownst, do more harm than good.
Now I’ll get specific and to the point of this post. Scientific evidence, the real kind, the kind that is peer-reviewed and published in respectable journals does NOT show harm from eating genetically modified food. Let me repeat: SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE DOES NOT SHOW HARM FROM EATING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD. Science tells us that the benefits outweigh the risks.
I can’t put it any simpler than that. I am not saying that there are not problems with the technology. There are many, as with any technology, and no one says it is perfect in its present state but the bottom line is, the genetic engineering of crops and eating food from those crops is not, in and of itself, unsafe, and we can push against it all we want but I promise you this – it is not going anywhere. Try to stop progress!