GLP radio interview: Girl Scouts refuse to bow to activist pressure to go non-GMO

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It’s the time for annual Girl Scout cookie drive, and the fundraising effort is caught up in the GMO controversy.

Jon Entine, executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, was interviewed by Mike Adams on Agri-Talk Radio about the Girl Scouts’ unwillingness to bow to pressure from anti-GMO activists who are demanding they remove all ingredients derived from genetically modified crops. Much of the United States sugar supply is derived from genetically modified sugar beets. As Entine wrote in an recent GLP article, there is no chemical difference between sugar made from GM sugar beets versus organic or other conventional sugar. Most of the sugar beets grown in the United States are engineered to resist the herbicide glyphosate. There is also no traceable DNA.

The Girl Scouts have held on refusing to bend to emotion and instead standing for the science, but the pressure continues.

  • Eric Bjerregaard

    This bullying by the anti g.e. factions has been in the news quite a bit lately. Let me reaffirm my stance that I will be buying more than ever. Even if I have to do some jogging to make up for the sugar. I recommend the chocolate mint and the chocolate ones with coconut.

    • Indi

      Good for you. We’re trying to make it easier for people like you by getting labels diagonally slapped across the front saying, “GMOs Inside!” Then you’ll have no problems ensuring you’re getting only the best to share with your kids (who may hate you while suffering after the first two decades of their lives were spent being your guinea pigs). You’ll be providing the rest of us invaluable data. Go Eric!

      • Eric Bjerregaard

        Indi, The first 2 decades will be over in 2 years. Nothing provable has surfaced so far. The invaluable data will probably prove you wrong.

      • Good4U

        On the contrary, Indi, you are the one on the wrong side of the future. As an analogy, at one time the world was flat….until people like you actually studied the matter and “convinced” themselves otherwise.

      • a20havoc

        Way to use the typical anti-transgenic tactic of accusing someone of poor parenting skills b/c they think they know what’s better for their kids than YOU do. Go Indi!

  • Conspiracy Bob

    GMO possible problems aside, fact is the agricultural chemicals used to suppress weeds the GMO plants are resistant to is the real problem. ROUNDUP causes cancer, among other devastating medical problems. Don’t get me started about the GMO corn and its inherent insecticide, because there is a sexual sterility side effect. All in all, these foods provide the perfect solution to the overpopulation problem, while guaranteeing high profits to drug companies due to whole populations being seriously ill.

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      Sir it is time to disregard some of those conspiracies. None of your contentions has any basis in fact. No posting of science is even necessary to shoe this. One simply needs to notice the large amounts of money made by liability attorneys in this country. Then think about the thorough investigations needed to prove such cases. No read the anti g.e. posters and opinion polls. Clearly the jury pool is loaded with folks predisposed to rule against biotechnology companies. So, why no news stories of successful liability suits for all the claims you made in your post? because your claims are not supported by facts and therefore are at best mistaken.

    • Judy Nonarchi

      Conspiracy Bob, your name explains it all.
      Don’t know where you make up your factoids; conspiracies they certainly are! Science, um, not so much.

  • anuses

    how is this a story? this does not make your publication seem ubiased.

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      This is a story because bullies are trying to pressure folks into abandoning their support for facts. When one runs stories consistently agreeing with facts. Sooner or later those who refuse to learn will resort to claims of bias. his raises the question. If you consistently support facts are you really biased?

      • a20havoc

        If you consistently support facts, you are not biased–but you will be persona non grata with the alarmist, anti-transgenic posse.

        • Eric Bjerregaard

          Sooo, It may be that there is more to my unpopularity than just a complete lack of social skills and being a jerk???

  • Kokkuri-San

    Never bought Girl Scout cookies now I never will! Thanks for letting us know your stance on poisoning the children of America with your GM toxins!

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      Real kind move. Harm the girl scouts because you have a fact free bias against g.e products. Try reading the U. of Perugia gmo safety study. Or perhaps you could post some facts regarding your accusation of g.e. toxins.

    • Good4U

      I’m going to buy more of them, just to make up for your non-market. The word ‘poisoning’ that you threw up is objectionable. The Girl Scouts are on the right track.

  • Indi

    They will bow. Next year, the Girl Scouts will exclude GMOs from their cookies.

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      No chance. They have proved they have functioning spines.

  • agliterate

    Yay Girl Scouts! Girls who support scientific evidence win, hands down! I want two boxes of each.