Scientifically Illiterate Hall of Shame

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.

8 Thoughts on “Scientifically Illiterate Hall of Shame

  1. Gotta go with Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael). In 2011, with a mix of gut reaction and demi-facts he decided to come to the rescue of all Californians by introducing Assembly Bill 88 (AB 88)-“The Consumer’s Right to Know Act.” Huffman disagrees with the FDA. He proposed labeling GE salmon to warn consumers because, “Without labeling, consumers may unknowingly purchase genetically engineered salmon in spite of lingering concerns.”

  2. In Hawaii we have tons of highly ignorant politicians in office. Who are the worst offenders?

    I will have to nominate Tulsi Gabbard. She has made multiple contacts with her “constituents,” who are the Babes Against Biotech. She uses them as her go to resource for information. Just look here with what she does: http://wp.me/p3VvVQ-2L

    Then there is Mike Gabbard, her father, and his belief in Seralini as proof of dangers of GMOs and his love of Stephanie Seneff. http://wp.me/p3VvVQ-K

    Then there is Brian Schatz who proudly voted against the fabled Monsanto Protection Act that he never researched. http://wp.me/p3VvVQ-4n

    I’ll have more shortly.

  3. Foster Boondoggle on October 23, 2013 at 11:34 am said:

    This might be a little to local for your national hall of shame. Maybe belongs in a nook of shame off to the side. But here in Berkeley (as you’d guess) we have councilman Jesse Arreguin, who wants to enact a version of Prop 37 just for the city. Fortunately this seems to have been sidelined for the moment.
    http://www.dailycal.org/2013/09/11/berkeley-city-council-considers-labeling-genetically-modified-produce/

    • Bernie Mooney on October 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm said:

      It’s not really national, per se, just any elected official no matter where they are, national, state or local. Thanks.

  4. The governor of our state, a teabagger elected by 39% of registered voters in a 3-way race, has done exactly one thing that liberals actually like:

    He signed a bill requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

    “I deeply appreciate the strong public sentiment behind the bill and agree that consumers should have the right to know what is in their food.”

    http://www.pressherald.com/politics/LePage-tells-GMO-labeling-bill-sponsors-hell-make-it-law.html

    I call him Governor Flintstone.

  5. Edgar H F on October 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm said:

    Count me in as another progressively minded person that thinks 90% of the anti GMO stuff is nonsense. and, the 10% of the anti GMO stuff I agree with has to do with patents. My disagreements with patents extents to the abuse of patents by corporations in general not just GMO patents.
    I have some progressive friends that are driving me nuts trying to convert me to their anti GMO thinking. I am glad to found this site. It tells me I am not the only person who rejects this nonsense.

    • Bernie Mooney on October 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm said:

      Thanks. I think there are more of us than we think. Spread the word. Hell, tell your friends to come and discuss the issue here.

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