NY farm organic activists ask Cornell to shut down Alliance For Science because of ‘pro GMO bias’

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A letter arrived on Cornell University Dean Kathryn Boor’s desk lastweek… Sixty-seven people from New York’s farming community requested that the dean give the Cornell Alliance for Science the boot from the campus. They feel that such efforts have “no place at a Land Grant institution.”

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[According to the letter:

[T]he “Alliance for Science” has as its stated purpose to “help foster more constructive policies about biotechnology as a useful tool in the toolbox of food security and sustainability” and to spread it around the world. This biased presence impedes objective discussion of biotechnology on campus.]

[Headline on anti-GMO website]:

The headlines at Sustainable Pulse present the argument against Alliance for Science. It is, "We don't like that the evidence fails to support our beliefs, so we want you to stop talking about it."

The headlines at Sustainable Pulse present the argument against Alliance for Science. It is, “We don’t like that the evidence fails to support our beliefs, so we want you to stop talking about it.”

Can you imagine if this is how decisions were made in universities? We could not teach about climate, vaccines…. the list goes on…

Universities should be a marketplace of ideas… that are defendable and borne of evidence. If Cornell’s Alliance for Science is… biased, dangerous… as critics claim, then bring out the specifics…

Science is not a democracy, it is a meritocracy…

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: New York Farmers Ask Cornell University to Evict ‘Alliance for Science’ over GMO Bias.

  • Stuart M.

    I wondered how long it would take for the anti-GMO witch hunters to zero in on Cornell University. I am currently taking their free Internet course on the politics of GMOs. They are bending over backwards to include the anti-GMO perspective along with the science. This is the payback they get. A group of imbecile organic farmers demand that the Alliance for Science be shut down just because they don’t like GMOs. The anti-science fanaticism is just mind-boggling. Are people still capable of calm rational discussion of anything or must everyone immediately go ballistic with the most extreme rhetoric possible? That extremism seems to predominate in the current political campaign too.

  • JP

    So much witch hunting going on here. I would hope anybody on the fence could now see how ridiculous it is.

  • tchernik

    Prosecution of wrong-think rears its ugly head once again.

  • Carolyn Parsons

    This is sad. I am also taking the GMO101X online class and have been enjoying their excellent treatment of the issue of GMO’s in science and politics. Reasonable people can discuss the issues. Unfortunately reasonable people are few and far between on this issue.

  • Bill Pilacinski

    Land grant universities SHOULD be supporting GE crops because they ARE land grant. Organic farm acreage in the US is minuscule compared to modern ag where >90% of corn, coy, cotton, and sugar beets are GE.

  • Nelly Kostova

    The blind want the eyes of seeing been taken out…The analogy is not meant to offend people suffering from the real physical condition.