A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops – NYTimes.com

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But the groundswell against genetically modified food has rankled many scientists, who argue that opponents of G.M.O.s have distorted the risks associated with them and underplayed the risks of failing to try to use the technology to improve how food is grown. Wading into a debate that has more typically pitted activists against industry, some have argued that opposition from even small pockets of an American elite influences investment in research and the deployment of genetically modified crops, particularly in the developing world, where hunger raises the stakes.

via A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops – NYTimes.com.

If you are concerned about the health effects of GMOs, you owe it to yourself to read this article.  Most of the GMO fear is not backed by science, but there is a fierce and persistent activist movement which implies that it is.

This issue has made two things clear to me.  First is that the left can, in certain areas, be as anti-science as the right.

The second is that the purity/sacredness foundation that Haidt discusses in his moral foundations theory, which he sees as primarily being an influence for conservative morality, very much exists for many of the left as well.  While conservatives are often concerned about purity related to religious tradition, many on the left tend to be concerned about purity related to nature, believing that what is natural must be good, and anything that tampers with it is suspect.

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4 Responses to A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops – NYTimes.com

  1. JoAnn Chateau says:

    Read the NY Times article. I’m glad for Greggor Ilagan’s commitment to research and truth.

    I did my own search on GMO safety and risk in PubMed. Admittedly, I found nothing that supports the general fear that surrounds GMO food.

    Still. I see myself fitting in here: “Scientists, who have come to rely on liberals in political battles over stem-cell research, climate change and the teaching of evolution, have been dismayed to find themselves at odds with their traditional allies on this issue. Some compare the hostility to G.M.O.s to the rejection of climate-change science, except with liberal opponents instead of conservative ones.”

    I can only defend my GMO fear as intuitive. Just like when eggs were getting a bum rap, I always “knew” they were good food. And now scientific research supports that.

    My “gut” tells me the answer is still out on the GMO safety/risk issue.

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    • I appreciate your deeply held view, and respect your honesty about where it comes from. You read the article, so you know that banning GMOs comes with a cost, which I hope you can take into account.

      All the best.

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  2. amanimal says:

    Excellent insight on the purity/sacredness and appeal to nature aspects.

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