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Professor Resorts to Insults when his GMO ‘Facts’ are Disputed

by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:

Genetically modified organisms is a hot and heavy topic, with people stacking up on both sides of the GMO debate. It seems that without ‘facts’ to support one’s opinion, individuals resort to impertinence to get their points across, even if they are highly educated and respected. The incivility of one particular professor of food science, Bruce Chassy, is especially alarming as the debate on GMOs becomes more heated. We all have bad days, but resorting to insults only discredits one’s arguments.

Ken Roseboro of the Non GMO Report has written exclusively about GMOs as a journalist, and he’s done it for quite a while now. So you can imagine his surprise when a discussion with a noted professor emeritus led to a name-calling session.

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1 comment to Professor Resorts to Insults when his GMO ‘Facts’ are Disputed

  • Ed_B

    The entire argument over GMOs basically boils down to a single point of contention: Do people have the right to know what they are eating or not? Those of us who support GMO labeling believe that we do have that right and that it is a fundamental human right. Those who are against GMO product labeling believe that we do not have the right to know what we are eating. Yes, it really IS as simple as that. Whether or not GMOs are unhealthy or even dangerous are other questions.

    Everyone can find out what the salt, fat, and cholesterol contents of the food they buy in the grocery stores is by looking at the labels. This in spite of the fact that a great many people do not have any problems when ingesting these substances. But, for those of us who do, we want, need, and deserve the right to know what we are eating.

    Additionally, those who do not support GMO labeling are suggesting that ignorance is better than knowledge. As a reasonably well educated person, I find this line of thought particularly disturbing. It is frighteningly similar to the book burnings that occurred in Europe in the late 1930s and 1940s. They too sought to destroy knowledge and people’s access to it. Of course, people today will never phrase it in these terms but this IS exactly what they are doing by opposing reasonable GMO labeling requirements. Let us take this decision out of the hands of a food industry, that benefits from minimal labeling, and place it into the hands of the consumers, who benefit from sufficient and truthful product labeling. Those who do not care about eating GMOs will simply ignore the labels, just as they now ignore other warning labels. But, those who value knowledge and want to make informed choices about something as basic as what they and their loved ones are eating will rejoice in truthful product labeling.

    As a scientist, my greatest concern is whether or not GMOs will lead to some great catastrophe decades from now. It is not impossible that eating GMOs as children will result in genetic abnormalities in human beings, possibly even sterility or sub-par brain development. That would be a terrible price for the human race to pay for a little extra profit for a few bio-tech companies who failed to do adequate long-term research into this very possibility.

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