Seeds of biotech resentment part 4: Distrust of science

The following is an edited excerpt of a longer story. Find a link to the full story below.

After nearly 20 years of safe use, you might think we could move on – that there would no longer be questions about genetically engineered seed. Yet, the debate over GM is becoming even more polarized, as witnessed during a recent event at the University of Illinois.

Despite 600 scientific studies that verify biotech safety, we’re still talking about this.

Many of the arguments we heard against biotech were familiar: Somehow, it must be dangerous. It must be hurting other farmers, or ruining our soil and productivity and sustainability. In the debate, the anti-tech folks cited the same scientists, sounded the same alarms, and touted the same research we’ve been hearing for years.

A colleague who witnessed the debate made a good point: ‘Science,’ as most of us understand the word, is no longer trusted. In fact, she argued, science and research, which should be unbiased, is now abused and biased.

View the full story here: Seeds of Biotech Resentment: Part Four




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