Why biotech crop advocates should stop saying 'GMOs are safe'

| | June 14, 2017

The anti-GMO movement has perfected the art of cherry picking.

Take the mainstream media headlines that scream “GMOs are safe!” The articles are generally very fact based and provide all the citations one could ever hope for. Unfortunately, because doubt is their product, these extremists only need to refute the headline and not the rest of the article.

Their “refutations” typically sound like the typical science denial mantra, a mixture of fact and fantasy. They accurately explain that science can never be 100 percent certain that anything is safe or certain.

The problem is that they are right, which is why we need to be wary of the terms we use....

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  • Alokin

    They accurately explain that science can never be 100 percent certain that anything is safe or certain.

    You are obviously listening to and reading comments from a different group of anti-biotech activists than I usually run across. Most often the comments I hear from antis are that GE plants have not been proven safe. One then has to patiently try to explain why that is an unreasonable standard, that science will not be able to prove them safe, but that the risk of harm from GE plants is no greater than for plants derived from conventional breeding techniques.

    But that is probably not an accident by the antis as they know demanding that something be proven safe is impossible but yet it still seems reasonable to the general public, so it fits their fear mongering strategy.

    In my experience, your comments are most relevant if directed towards headline-writing editors on both sides and the fact that clicks are more important to them than fairly representing the evidence.

    • WeGotta

      Total bull.

      Scientists, journalists, politicians and the brainwashed run around spreading the lie that “gmo is safe”.

      If you make the rediculous claim then you prove it.

      Don’t blame people for playing in the confines of the game you yourself set up.

      “Gmo is not safe.”
      Does this make you mad?

      If yes, then you are a hypocrite.

  • Giovanni Tagliabue

    I have fully debunked that article “No scientific consensus on GMO safety” in my peer-reviewed paper: The necessary “GMO” denialism and scientific consensus, in Journal of Science Communication, 2016, 15 (04), Y01, p. 1-11, http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/15/04/JCOM_1504_2016_Y01, open access :-)

    • Peter Olins

      Thanks, I enjoyed your article!

      “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
      Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carrol.

    • WeGotta

      An opinion piece.

  • WeGotta


    Drop the emotional crybaby language and maybe everyone learns something.

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