GMOs are genetically-modified foods. I am pro-GMO, but then, I actually read the science which backs up my position.
Maybe you should, too.
What’s that? You don’t have the time?
What exactly is a genetically-modified plant?
GMO studies with independent funding (read: studies not paid for by GMO companies or Monsanto)
What does science say about GMOs? They’re safe
Unraveling Five Popular Anti-GMO Claims
GMOs: Jeopardy or Jackpot? (podcast)
A short list of points concerning genetic modification
Is GM Food Killing Us? and the follow-up piece
Is Genetically Modified Food Safe? (chart)
Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture
What is a Genetically Modified Food? (video)
A Survey of Long Term GM Food Studies
Scientific American comes out in favor of GMOs
Review of 10 years of GMO research – no significant dangers
Chief EU Scientist backs damning report urging GMO ‘rethink’
The bad science checklist of GMO opponents
Solutions for Micronutrient Deficiency
20 points of broad scientific consensus on GE crops (includes many links to actual papers)
REFUTATIONS OF ANTI-GMO ARGUMENTS (PAPERS, COURT CASES, ET AL.)
Genetic Roulette (book) vs. peer-reviewed science
Plurality of opinion, scientific discourse and pseudoscience: an in depth analysis of the Séralini et al. study claiming that Roundup™ Ready corn or the herbicide Roundup™ cause cancer in rats
“Scientists” against “GMOs”
A critical assessment of the paper “GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?” (pdf)
Bad science in the paper “Hematotoxicity of Bacillus….in Swiss Albino Mice”
Monsanto vs. Percy Schmeiser – see also here
What’s Wrong with Jeremy Seifert’s “OMG-GMO”
Film Review: GMO OMG SRSLY? An #EpicFail in Exercising Our Right to Know
Anti-GMO horde trumpets new article, mischaracterizes results
A Change of Heart: Former Anti-GMO Advocate Apology
Is Grist Joining the Science-Based World on Biotechnology?
Roseanne Barr Effect: Should crop biotechnology supporters engage science rejectionists?
Grist Challenges Its Own Shaky Crop and Biotechnology Reporting, Sets Stage for GMO Science Journalism Conclave
Cult of Dusty (Untarded): I <3 Monsanto (video)
A Hippie’s Defense of GMOs
You Anti-GM, Bro? (graphic)
So you hate GMOs because they’re untested. What about ‘feelbetteramine’ from the health store?
GM Food and GMOs: What I’ve Learned
No Health Concerns for GMO
Massive Review Reveals Consensus on GMO Safety
Anti-GMO movement exposed for the destructive force they are
Buddhist Economics and a GMO Rethink
Arumentum Ad Monsantum: Bill Maher and the Lure of a Liberal Logical Fallacy
PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ANTI-GMO MOVEMENT
Generically Memeified Organizations
Antivaccine versus anti-GMO: Different goals, same methods
What Do the Creationist & Anti-GMO Platform Have in Common?
The Psychology of Distrusting GMOs
To change anti-science activists’ minds, go beyond science
Decimating the Flawed Beliefs of Anti-GMO Activists
GMO IN THE NEWS
Monsanto Protection Act? Separating the facts from the fury
The Roots of the Anti-Genetic Engineering Movement? Follow the Money!
‘Golden Rice’ GM trial vandalized in the Phillippines
The True Story About Who Destroyed a Genetically Modified Rice Crop
A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA
A Disease Cuts Corn Yields
A letter to the TEDx community on TEDx and bad science
Golden Rice: Lifesaver?
[Catholic] Church Leaders: “Transgenic” plants must be used to feed the poor
Monsanto pledges $4 million toward honeybee health efforts
I did not compile nor write this next part, but it is worth sharing since most anti-GMO folks lump Monsanto into the debate.
MONSANTO IS NOT EVIL (a starter kit by Mark Brazeau)
Hybrid seeds aren’t saved for replanting either.
There has been patent protection for plant breeders in the US since 1930.
Current non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds have restrictions on their use as well. They can be saved by the farmer to replant but not resold for planting.
Most farmer’s don’t find the Monsanto stewardship agreement onerous.
Farmers have more choice in seed than a lot of city folk realize. Here’s one, but Google around, find some seed catalogues, you’d be surprised.
If you believe that Monsanto is evil because it sues innocent farmers you got probably started on that with the stories of Moe Parr, Percy Schmeiser and/or Vernon Bowman. Those are the big headline stories in various documentaries.
Percy Schmeiser knew damn well he was trying to pull a fast one when he saved RR canola to replant.
Moe Parr was a seed cleaner who intentionally deceived his customers into believing that it was OK for them to save RR soybeans in violation of their agreements with the company. Read the injunction against him, it’s easily read in a few minutes, [and proves] he’s no hero.
The most recent headline case was Vernon Bowman. He bought soybeans from an elevator that could legally sold for feed but not for planting and planted them for a late season second planting, thinking he had found a loophole, he started saving the RR seeds. He had been using RR seeds under agreement for his first planting so he knew damn well what how the patent agreement worked.
Farmer Suicides in India
Monsanto doesn’t hold a patent on Bt Cotton seeds in India. Farmers there found pirated seed so useful that a grassroots, underground economy of Bt cotton breeding sprang up spontaneously before the crop had even been approved by the government. It forced the government’s hand and Bt cotton was approved because of grassroots pressure from small farmers.
Playing God? Monsters, Miracles, and the Politics of Genetic Engineering
The role of Bt cotton in farmer suicides in India has been thoroughly debunked. In fact, if you read the original report where the allegation arose with a clear eye, it seems like a gratuitous swipe piled on top of real hurdles that farmers there face in regards to lack of access to credit and a proper system of crop insurance. Not surprising that the government started blaming seed companies.
What I haven’t been able to find clear, credible info on is the legal standing of the licensing agreements [between] Monsanto/Mahayco and the 28 seed companies [with which they worked]. If there is no patent, how did they gain control of the market after the initial wave of entrepreneurial breeding?
It also hard to get a handle on exactly how hardball Monsanto’s surveillance and legal strategy is with seed saving farmers, elevators and cleaners. The description of what happened to Gary Rinehart in Bartlett and Steele’s account is substantially different from the company’s account. The facts don’t seem to diverge in the company’s account of the Pilot Grove affair but the company’s legal strategy seems pretty ruthless in B&S’s account.
In context: though [we] are talking about 140 something legal cases over two decades out of a quarter million patent agreement signing customers a year. With 11 cases gone to trial, all of which were won by Monsanto. The wrongly aggrieved farmer has yet to surface.
The other thing I don’t have a great handle on is rBST and whether research was held back prior to approval. I also am not crazy about legal strategy of trying to block dairies that advertise their milk as rBST free.
My central point here is that for the world’s most reviled company, I can’t find credible, hard evidence of wrong doing that’s more recent than 18 years ago. Sometimes you have to hit the reset button on your impressions.
Just for good measure, here are some primers on improving critical thinking skills.
Science or Not? Separating science from nonsense
James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) – “How to Think About Dubious Claims” (lecture series)
How to Tell a Good Website from a Crap Website (podcast)
The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science
Unverified Science: Studies that can’t be replicated create a problem with trust – and funds
Media bias and how it affects science literacy
Science isn’t a democracy: debunking the strategies of science denialism
How to Discuss Science in the Age of Cable News
KALE COULD KILL YOU(r) faulty reading of scientific studies
This is what I’ve been doing with a good chunk of my time lately: Educating myself on a topic I previously knew nothing about. Next up:
Watch out, anti-nuke folks. I get the feeling the science isn’t exactly on your side, either.