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‘Inextricably linked’ anti-vaccine and anti-GMO movements cause preventable suffering

| | May 23, 2017
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[Editor’s note: Read the GLP’s recent coverage of the Organic Consumers Association’s and other anti-GMO groups’ links to the anti-vaccine movement here and here.]

[T]he Organic Consumers Association [is] an anti-GMO lobby group largely funded by the “natural food” and organic industries. … The group is an active and visible leader in the anti-GMO movement, but it’s also staunchly anti-vaccine. One of the main partners in “Health Liberty,” an anti-vaccine, anti-GMO, anti-fluoridated water coalition composed of prominent members of alternative health (read: not evidence-based) movements, critics have implicated OCA in the measles outbreak in a Somali-American community in Minnesota after parents were afraid to vaccinate them.

It’s indisputable in evidence-respecting circles that anti-vaccine leaders espouse messaging that scares parents, leading to preventable suffering and death from vaccine preventable disease. While suffering and damage from the anti-GMO movement is less obvious—especially to those in the developed world who don’t experience hunger, malnutrition, or arduous manual labor—it’s perhaps no less atrocious. It may seem that surely the anti-GMO movement is benign albeit wrong, innocuous compared to anti-vaccine atrocities. It may appear that it all boils down to some harmless non-GMO labels on grocery items. But it turns out there is a human cost.

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