Why are progressives so regressive when it comes to agriculture?

When I posted yesterday's "dead bodies" post on my Facebook page, a friend weighed in with this response: "the progressive contrarian!! I hope this is as much bait as I take but.....it's a nasty spiral, go ahead, take lots of antibiotics, eat animals that are fead antibiotics, wash everything with chlorine.....how's that workin'? I ain't doin' that…

Dead bodies demand organic food moratorium

Last summer a deadly eColi outbreak hit Europe resulting in over 25 deaths and 1,000+ hospitalizations. The outbreak was traced to organic sprouts from Germany. Now imagine if a health disaster like this had happened as a result of GM crops. The anti-GMO crowd would have been yelling from the internet rafters, demanding the immediate destruction o…

Ask scientists, not activists

In a recent interview with the man who saved the Hawaiian payapa industry, the writer, Jennifer Mo raised an interesting, seemingly obvious question: Why shouldn’t we always address our science questions to scientists, not lobbyists or activists? Good question, Jennifer. Almost all information regarding GMOs comes from lobbyists and activists, n…

CBS News give false ammo to anti-GMO crowd

Several weeks ago in Elgin, Texas, a herd of cattle "mysteriously" died. The culprit was Tifton 85, a type of grass that has been grown down there for the last 15 years. CBS News reported, "The grass is a genetically-modified form of Bermuda known as Tifton 85..." They were wrong. Tifton 85 is a conventional hybrid, not a GMO. According to th…

Bt corn study majorly flawed

This picture has been making the Facebook rounds. It references two discredited studies. The first one regarding rats was done by Gilles-Eric Seralini whose study was discredited. When it was, the pitchforks came out and the anti-GM crowd started yelling about how it was a smear campaign. Sigh. The claim that Bt was found in the bodies of pregna…

More on arsenic in rice

In my last post,  I wrote about high levels of arsenic in organic brown rice syrup.  I found this by science writer/blogger Deborah Blum who answers the question of what made the researchers investigate organic brown rice syrup in the first place? The more interesting immediate question anyway, at least to me, was:  why were Dartmouth chemist B…