Junk Science Meets Hollywood
Papaya! The poster child of GMOs that's going to win your heart...The solution was given away free to local farmers. It didn't involve bio-tech companies at all. https://t.co/eWeFr1eB6N #GMO #FoodEvolution pic.twitter.com/yc2yQkHCgv— Food Evolution (@foodevomovie) June 23, 2017
Monsanto, Dupont, Dow Chemical and allies in the processed food industry are waging an expensive media blitz campaign since California triggered a conversation with its ballot initiative to label genetically modified organisms.
Yet the agro-chemical corporations' brazen deception is still stunning, and it smacks of desperation. Desperation so profound that they reached deep into Hollywood to woo and dazzle you with sexy science celebrities Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Please @Greenpeace! Stop doing anti-science stuff that hurts the poor - http://t.co/oDRpkGVRPD There's so much other great work you do.— Mark Lynas (@mark_lynas) October 16, 2015
But what has this movie brushed out as it explores the central question: Can GMOs be a force for good? As biotechnology advocates plead to increase food production for the next billion hungry mouths about to arrive on our planet, ardent promoter of GMOs and photogenic scientist next door at my alma mater, Pamela Ronald and her organic-farmer husband assert that organic and GMO agriculture are complementary, puzzled about all the fuss between radically different worlds of farming-- dumpsters of evidence are piling up that prove otherwise.
Dicamba resistant GMOs that were commercialized in spite of highly predictable drift show that, "you either have to choose to be on the side of using the product, or on the side of being damaged by the product." igniting a war between neighboring farmers, who are just trying to deal with the pestilent superweeds our innovative Roundup Ready technology created - chewing up their farmland. So much for peaceful coexistence.
Ignore the dumpsters of wasted food piling up that our innovative technologically advanced system isn't advanced enough to connect to the hungry-- and pay no attention to the SuperWeeds.
It doesn't matter that growing hunger rates parallel adoption of GMOs and rising corporate profits, as this independent scientist examining food riots and food crises would have shared with you -- had he been invited to be in Food Evolution. But he wasn't and neither were forty five other highly esteemed scientists.
Behold the arbiters of "unbiased science and humanitarianism"
Behold the arbiters of.. air quotes.. science and data.
Watch @foodevomovie before trashing/supporting it - that is #science - i.e let data & weight of evidence inform your opinion #DataNotDogma— Alison Van Eenennaam (@BioBeef) June 22, 2017
Fact is my nose detects Public relations and marketing tactics in a supposedly independent science feast.
Pray tell what Monsanto's profits and their market competitors have to do with scientific facts.
We all have a right to our own opinion but what about our own facts? #FeastOnFacts w. @foodevomovie @CityCinemasNYC https://t.co/FLOMdVCenL pic.twitter.com/veEHsIEuvf— Food Evolution (@foodevomovie) June 25, 2017
DATA NOT DOGMA
Modern genetics means birds need less feed to reach market weight so decreased environmental footprint #animalbiotech pic.twitter.com/FyHaZ3KuDN— Alison Van Eenennaam (@BioBeef) June 26, 2017
Ah, so the weight gain of billions of chickens was due to genetics - confounding factor she didn't correct for in her famous billions of chickens GMO study? Oh, by the way, the more efficient production of chicken meat must automatically indicate the safety of GMOs.
No, not just to chickens, don't be silly--but safe to you, too, of course.
GMO safety case closed!
If one were to apply Alison & Co.'s methods of over-interpreting chicken production to health implications in pets and humans, one would arrive at the troubling conclusion that GMOs are in fact associated with obesity. With its world-leading consumption of GMOs, the United States is also coincidentally a leader in obesity epidemic seen in pets and humans associated with devastating chronic diseases: diabetes, kidney, liver and heart disease as well as cancer. These diseases will never be diagnosed in livestock (Alison's area of expertise) because they have long latency periods, and chickens slaughtered at 47 days just don't live long enough. And even if it was possible, Alison wouldn't be the one diagnosing these chronic diseases: she isn't a veterinarian! Livestock geneticists can't diagnose GMO harm to health of living patients, any more than plant scientists or astrophysicists -- neither the producers nor the scientists in this movie can speak credibly on GMO safety because they are overstepping into the realm of veterinary and human medicine.
Ask yourself a really simple question. Are you happy with Alison setting (mostly lowering) scientific standards of risk assessment of GMO impacts on your health?
Would you see this "expert", environmental activist and an animal welfare aficionado for your own or your four- legged best friend's medical advice?
Thanks @PanTranshuman ;)
Takes a village to correct misleading journalism- especially by those with financial &/ intellectual conflicts of interest.#FakeConsensus https://t.co/jUL0HaERUK— Notorious KGB Aggie (@beachvetlbc) June 25, 2017
Here's a suggestion. Don't be a dunce! You have every right to feel insulted.
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