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Fri Jun 3, 2016, 04:12 PM

89. Newsflash: It's the anti-GMOers who are practicing tobacco science.

http://fafdl.org/blog/2015/05/19/anti-gmo-activists-are-the-ones-practicing-tobacco-science/

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I would actually argue that there is a strong analogy between GMOs and tobacco. What obscures the analogy is that the roles are reversed in ways that obscure the parallels. Instead of big business twisting, cherrypicking and manipulating the science relating to tobacco to confuse the public and provide cover for policy makers, what we see today is the twisting, cherrypicking and manipulating the science relating to biotech crops in order to confuse the public and drive policymaking.

Except that instead of Big Ag, the source of misinformation and misconceptions is environmental and public interest watchdog groups. For those of us used to turning to these groups to sift through the scientific research and make sense of it, let us know the policy implications can be disorienting to say the least. If you are an environmentalist or any sort of liberal or lefty it can really throw you off your bearings to realize that they guys you thought were wearing the white hats are the ones blowing smoke, muddying the waters, sowing confusion.

I canít say that I fully understand whatís going on here. I understand that we all tend to rationalize the facts to fit what we want to believe more often than we follow the evidence as the basis for our opinions. That better explains why people with casual interest in a subject cling to just so stories. I have a harder time understanding how someone who does policy work can stay so stubbornly ensconced in a bubble for years and years on a subject that they work on. It would seem that after a while of working in the field; naive, knee jerk anti-corporate attitudes and the desire to return to a pastoral fantasy of agriculture that never existed would eventually give way to reality.

With groups like Food and Water Watch and the Environmental Working Group, Iíve long been disabused of the thought that they based their agenda on the facts. Their facts are almost invariably retro-fitted to their agenda.

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Not only is GMO sugar the same as any other sugar health wise, it is better for the environment, as you would know if you had bothered to read the links I provided in that discussion. Why would you want to harm the environment just because your marketing plan is all about the false demonization of GMOs? That's just ugly to the core.

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