More anti-GMO dishonesty: GMWatch selectively edits

GMWatch, in attempt to make you believe that scientists are anti-gmo did a little selective editing to prove their point, again.  The anti-gmo crowd just can’t be honest.

The issue is a fungus that is decimating the Cavendish banana crops. It’s been hard to find a cure for what ails the Cavendish banana.

On their site they quote one Dr. Emile Frison as saying, “Only GM can save the banana “ Well at least they got that right. He did say that and he does work for Syngenta.

And they did cite some legitimate research that showed there may be other ways to save the banana. But here’s the dishonesty. They quoted a letter from banana scientist, Dr. David Jones to New Scientist Magazine taking issue with that claim, saying other methods of conventional breeding could work. Yes, he did write that.

However, GMWatch neglected to quote him completely. Here’s what they left out.

 “Many banana scientists, including me, believe that genetic engineering should complement rather than replace conventional breeding strategies. (emphasis mine) Let’s not put all our eggs in one basket.”

I would link to the letter but it’s behind a paywall. But once again we see the dishonestly that is rampant in the anti-gmo movement.

Anastasia Bodnar co-founder of the site Biofortified once tweeted that countering the anti-nonsense is like playing whack-a-mole. It’s hard to keep up.

The antis engage in what is called the Gish Gallop. 

The Gish Gallop, named after creationistDuane Gish, is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time. The term was coined by Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education.