Familiar GMO denialists shrug off Academies safety, environmental findings

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A massive National Academy of Science review of hundreds of studies on genetically engineered (GE) food crops. . . finds no reliable evidence that these crops pose any harm to human or environmental health. . . . The sad thing is, given the nature of human risk perception, minds already made up on the issue are unlikely to change.

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. . . T]he depressing lesson this whole GMO issue teaches, a lesson with implications about how society struggles to deal intelligently with a wide range of matters. When it comes to how we see risk issues like this, the facts don’t matter. . .  What matters most as we make up our minds is how we feel about the issue. We see the facts through the filters of our emotions and instincts. We see untrustworthy big companies profiting from doing unnatural things to our food and agricultural systems, imposing a potential risk on us without telling us (the labeling issue), and for many of us, those psychological characteristics set off instinctive alarms go off. . . .

Read full, original post: The Dangerous Lesson of GMO Science Denial.

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