Are millennials’ attitudes on GMOs anti-science?

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If you have noticed the selection of organic, GMO-free crackers encroaching on the shelf space of the Pop Tarts and Wheat Thins at your local bodega, you can blame millennials for ruining your midnight-snacking fun.

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That’s right, millennials—not stodgy old guard Republicans—are responsible for fueling this particular crusade against science.

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…[T]he anti-GMO movement has gained considerable steam in recent years, sometimes acting so aggressively that it prevents scientists who study genetically modified foods from actually doing their jobs. As our eating habits have gotten more health-conscious, they have also become more and more divorced from any scientific fact.

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This latest Pew survey suggests that there is a generation gap fanning those flames. A fifth of those under 30 feel not only that non-modified foods are better, but that modified varieties might lead to health problems, a view few scientists would endorse. A fourth also feel that modified foods might harm the environment. …

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But the trend towards a distinctly anti-GMO sentiment among younger Americans is concerning. Genetically modified foods don’t just mean crops that grow bigger or produce more. Genetic modification offers the possibility of a food supply resistant to problems like blight that can better feed the global population.

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  • eattherich

    We’re not anti-science, we’re anti-corporate. GMO foods have offered a few corporations far too much and still growing power over our lives, the power of the food supply. As an individual, I don’t necessarily believe GMOs are inherently bad, in fact, I find the science fascinating. I do however take issue with the pesticides used, patents on plants and other forms of life, the loss of biodiversity in our food supply, and as mentioned earlier, the power that has found itself manifested within just a few corporations (Syngenta, Bayer, DOW, BASF, DuPont). Furthermore, GMOs thus far have done nothing except for push the production of staple crops limiting access to other foods ex. corn and soy. The secrecy behind these companies, their control over the food supply, their hands inside the government, and the scare tactic lies like “how will we feed a growing population,” are what we disagree with. We don’t need more food, we need to waste less.