Marion Nestle: ‘GMO propaganda’ film Food Evolution quoted me ‘out of context’

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[Editor’s note: Marion Nestle is a professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University. She is featured in “Food Evolution”, a new documentary about GMOs.]

I have asked repeatedly to have my short interview clip removed from this film. The director refuses. He believes his film is fair and balanced. I do not.

I am often interviewed and hardly ever quoted incorrectly or out of context. This film is one of those rare exceptions.

In my 10-second clip, I say that I am unaware of convincing evidence that eating GM foods is unsafe—this is what I said, but it is hugely out of context.

[Read Kevin Folta’s review of the film here.]

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Marion Nestle

Safety is the industry’s talking point. In the view of the GMO industry and this film, if GMOs are safe, they ought to be fully acceptable and nothing else is relevant.

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I disagree. I think there are plenty of issues about GMOs in addition to safety that deserve thoughtful consideration: monoculture; the effects of industrial agriculture on the environment and climate change; the possible carcinogenicity of glyphosate (Roundup); this herbicide’s well-documented induction of weed resistance; and how aggressively this industry protects its self-interest and attacks critics, as this film demonstrates.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: GMO propaganda film: Food Evolution

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