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Did Bill Nye err when discussing Monsanto, GMOs in new Netflix series?

| | April 27, 2017
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Bill Nye is one of the most well known science communicators of the last 30 years.
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Bill Nye comes out swinging in the first season of Bill Nye Saves the World, his new Netflix series.

Nye leads a roundtable discussion about GMOs, which features Robert Fraley, chief technical officer of Monsanto.

Nye recently reversed his entire stance on GMOs following a visit to Monsanto, and it quickly becomes evident that Fraley is there not just to defend GMOs, but Monsanto itself.

Giving Monsanto a platform to defend itself without substantial background or counterargument flies in the face of Nye’s proclaimed mission to explain science to the masses, and overshadows the other perfectly rational points he and the panelists make about the benefits of GMOs in general. The Monsanto segment represents a major misstep for Saves the World — and an ironic one, given that just moments before, Nye subtly mocks members of the public for swallowing misinformation about GMOs, joking about angry mobs coming after Frankenstein, and asking Muller about “the level of sophistication at the farmer’s market.”

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