NOTE: Inclusion in the Hall of Shame does not mean we disagree with the person on all issues. Inclusion is solely based on their relying on bad science, anti-science or activist groups to support a position, in our case, the science of genetic modification of plants. In fact, the name of the Hall should be the Willfully Scientifically Illiterate Hall of Shame. These inductees have no excuse for being such dumbasses on this issue.
Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell: Los Angeles city councilmen,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.
Linda Rosenthal, New York Assembly person: For a show trial she held as a public hearing back in August. One of the issues she kept raising was the idea that gmos create “new allergens” which is a bold-faced lie. She and other antis brought up the Brazil nut example which if anything, actually proved their claim wasn’t true. The story is this: The company Pioneer tried to insert a Brazil nut gene into soybeans. They selected a protein that wasn’t allergenic. To be on the safe side, they asked allergists to test it just to make sure. It was found that the allergen transferred over. So, they abandoned the project.
Jared Huffman, U.S. Congressman: While a member of the California legislature he sponsored a bill to require labeling of all genetically engineered salmon sold in the state. He gets included because he didn’t like the FDA’s decision that it is safe and the language in the bill which relies on anti-gmo activist groups like Food and Water for his information. The bill raises the issue of allergens as a potential problem with GE salmon failing to note people who are allergic to salmon will also be allergic to GE salmon.
Mike Gabbard, Hawaii State Senator: In an email exchange with a Contrarian reader, he wrote “I do the homework” and then linked to evidence of the dangers of gmos. It was a link to the widely discredited Seralini study.
Lisa Whittemore, New Hampshire State Representative: “When they pick up a tomato that has been genetically altered so that the genes, the actual structure of that organism has been mutated by, for example, goat genes . . . there is no way that a parent with a child who has allergies, or an individual who’s having health problems, is able to fix that.”
Connecticut State Representatives, John Hampton and Phil Miller for holding a public gmo forum on 11/14/13 which includes Holistic Health Counselor Elaine Titus and Beth Beisel, from GMO Free CT, and a registered dietician and no scientists. “People deserve the opportunity to make purchase decisions based on basic information about their food’s origins.” Said Hampton. “This forum will answer questions and provide access to information for concerned consumers.”
The Connecticut Legislature. This one comes late as they passed a mandatory labeling law last year after a hearing where Jeffrey Smith testified and no scientists. I wrote Rep. Elaine O’Brien suggesting she add some scientists go the list. She didn’t. Her response to me “my intention is to gather as much information as possible. I understand that this is not a simple subject and I do not believe we should be rushing to label before we understand the issue”. Yet, she didn’t call any scientists to testify.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy just signed the GMO labeling law into effect making Connecticut the first state to be inducted into the Scientific Hall of Shame
The State of Connecticut added 12/11/13.
The Santa Rosa Democrat says genetically modified organisms have been linked to health problems ranging from allergies to cancer, and that babies, in particular, are at risk of getting sick, in part because their immune systems are not fully developed.
Vermont legislature for their overwhelming vote for GMO labeling.
Vermont gets the first Golden Scientific Dumbass Award for the two sponsors of the law. The first award is shared and it goes to… State Senator David Zuckerman and State Representative Carolyn Partridge.
Why? Because they are in league with our favorite yogic flyer, Jeffrey Smith. I was alerted to a video by a friend on Twitter where Smith interviews, via Skype, his two buddies.