Trying to convince the anti-gmo crowd the method of genetically engineering food is safe, or as safe as anything can be, is a daunting task. In fact, it’s like to trying to explain something to monkeys. Wait, let me retract that statement. Monkeys will eventually get it.
But, the anti-gmo troops on the ground are one thing. When our elected officials are not only listening to these knuckleheads, but buying into it wholesale without any independent investigation of the issue, then it’s time to be concerned. They are supposed to well versed on issues. (yeah, yeah, I know)
Various city councils and state governments have toyed with the idea of not only labeling foods made with gmos, but want to ban them outright. Some have succeeded. And then there has been noise on the federal level.
Therefore, I think it’s time to create a Hall of Shame for those scientifically illiterate elected officials who peddle gmo nonsense. I will create a separate page for the list.
And I need your help. If you read about some elected official saying something really stupid or scientifically incorrect about the genetic modification, forward it here to the Progressive Contrarian. Include a short paragraph explaining why they are a dumbass. I can credit you or you can remain anonymous. It doesn’t matter if you agree with them 99% on other issues. People I respect like Bernie Sanders have bought into it. We can only try to shame them into looking at the science and not the nonsense peddled by activists.
To get the ball rolling, the first people to be inducted are Los Angeles city councilmen, Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell for co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit the “growing or selling of genetically-modified seeds or plants within the City…” What makes them scientifically illiterate? As O’Farrell told the Huffington Post
“We don’t want to consume mystery food… “Since there’s currently no requirement, anyone could unwittingly purchase a genetically modified product and not know it. I think that’s irresponsible.”
O’Farrell said he thinks the worldwide decline of honeybees is the “canary in the coal mine” for GMOs.
Oh, as a final thought, I guess we can include spokespeople for various anti-gmo activist groups. They aren’t elected officials, but they do hold sway over the nitwit faithful.