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What changed Bill Nye’s mind on GMOs?

| | November 25, 2015

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Earlier this year, Bill Nye made a surprising move from anti-GMO (which stands for genetically modified organisms) to pro-GMO.

Around the same time, a political rally he attended only helped to convince him of his decision to switch stances. The rally was in New York City with an anti-GMO theme.

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Nye recounts the memorable experience in his latest book “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World. . .”When one speaker insisted that the US president Barack Obama was part of a conspiracy sponsored by large agriculture companies to control minds — and received a great many cheers — somehow that passionate man at the microphone crossed a line for me,” Nye writes.

For years, Nye had voiced his concerns against GMOs, saying that scientists could not possibly know how these novel organisms were going to impact the environment, food, and our bodies.

But he changed his tune after a fateful visit to Monsanto headquarters . . . and the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University.

At both locations, Nye watched as scientists scanned and sequenced the genetic make-up of crops that they planned to modify. He also saw how that modification is performed.

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And if you’re anti-GMO like the people at the rally, Nye has some advice:

“I’m all for raising legitimate questions, but these people seemd to be woefully uninformed and obsessed with finding a scapegoat for what they perceive as society’s ills. I’m absolutely certain we cannot succeed by turning our back on technology.”

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