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Viewpoint: David Suzuki’s views on GMOs ‘well outside the scientific mainstream’

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Mr. Suzuki is known by most as a twinkly-eyed old sage with a harmless message about living in tune with nature. But his messages are not benign. He doesn’t simply oppose fossil fuels, or the capitalist system. He’s a menace to scientific inquiry. And many of his views are well outside the scientific mainstream.

His relentless war against genetically modified foods is one example. For years, he’s been calling for outright bans on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – despite the fact that a majority of scientists, as well as the world’s leading health organizations, have declared them perfectly safe. He and other anti-GMO scaremongers have been able to stall crucial experiments with genetically modified crops that are designed to improve yields and nutrition, and benefit poor people around the world.

[Editor’s note: Read the GLP’s profile on David Suzuki]

Mr. Suzuki also claims that up to 90 per cent of cancer is caused by environmental factors, such as the “massive use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and literally tens of thousands of different molecules synthesized by scientists.” There’s no mainstream scientific support for that view either. For good measure, he also thinks that immigrants coming to Canada are bad for the environment.

Read full, original post: Is David Suzuki a science denier?

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