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Over the course of 2015, I became convinced we’re winning the GMO debate.
And paradoxically, what convinced me was the experience of facing off against pro-GMO lobbyists in person and in print.
What did they say to convince me? Here’s a quick guide.
1. Everyone hates Monsanto
. . . the GMO enthusiasts say, we should forget about Monsanto and embrace ‘public good’ GMOs instead. The problem with that is in the real world it is Monsanto that is the dominant force in the marketplace.
2. Don’t mention the GM crops we actually grow
Over 99% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered to survive being sprayed with herbicides or to express an insecticide.
3. Talk a lot about golden rice and gene editing
What GMO promoters do want to talk about is:
- GMO golden rice, which they say will save poor people from vitamin A deficiency, and
- Gene editing, which they say will save GM technology from its old problems of imprecision and unpredictability – problems that until now they have always sought to deny!
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Our conclusion about the state of the GMO debate from studying the best arguments that the GMO lobby can muster is this. Insofar as reason and science are concerned, they’ve lost. All they have is golden rice and gene editing.
But they don’t even have those. Both have thus far failed to live up to their promises and are kept afloat largely by wishful thinking and ‘forward-looking statements’, as Monsanto likes to call them.
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