Scientifically Illiterate Hall of Shame inducts CA State Senator Noreen Evans

Our latest induction to the Scientifically Illiterate Hall Of Shame (SIHS) is California State Senator Noreen Evans. Evans introduced a GMO labeling law in California and this is her reasoning according to the Press Democrat website

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.

So, I’m thinning to myself. Who is this dame? I go to her website and as expected I see that on most issues we agree. So, where did she get these nonsensical ideas?

Reading further, I see the original bill was limited to only baby food and then she decided to open it up to all GMO foods. Still wrong, but where did this come from?

As it turns out, the original bill was requested by the California State Grange, which I thought was rather odd. I don’t know what Granges are like these days, but when I was growing up a bill like that would not be on the radar.

So, I go and look and see what is up with this California State Grange.

Ah, jeez. It’s some stupid hippie group whose page automatically plays some fiddle music that you can’t quit and the design is like the early days of the web. They don’t say anything about organic but I’m suspicious. If I’m wrong about this please correct me.

Read on, MacDuff. Director of legislative affairs for the California State Grange, Mike Greene said the grange has about 10,000 members in about 45 California counties. Wait for it…

Greene said the organization passed a resolution at its annual meeting in October calling for GMO labeling on baby foods. He said in November, a coalition of 17 groups, including the Grange, Pesticide Action Network and Organic Consumers Association, amended that stance to call for such labeling on all foods sold for human consumption in California. (my bolded emphasis)

Bingo! There it is. Anti-science, pro-organic, activist groups. And another well-meaning liberal, elected official hustled. Then again, I blame them for gobbling up the nonsense without asking actual scientists what they think. You have staffs, people. Have them research the issue and not rely on groups with agendas.

And it gets worse

Karen Hudson, coordinator of the group Sonoma County Label GMOs, said people “really don’t know what the repercussions” of serving foods with genetically engineered ingredients are. With respect to infants, she said it’s important parents be given the choice of knowing what goes into the products.

She said she doesn’t view it as any different than disclosing whether foods contain gluten, trans fats or known allergens. “All it is saying is it has GMO in the food,” she said.

 

3 Thoughts on “Scientifically Illiterate Hall of Shame inducts CA State Senator Noreen Evans

  1. Rebecca Bean on March 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm said:

    You may want to correct “thinning” to “thinking”. Also I am going through the new bill today http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1351-1400/sb_1381_bill_20140221_introduced.pdf and WOW just the intro is making my head want to hit my desk.

    • Bernie Mooney on March 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm said:

      Rebecca, it wasn’t a typo. It’s from an old Quick Draw McGraw cartoon. He was always “thinning.” “I’ll do the thinning around here, and doooon’t you forget it!”

  2. HeatherTwist on March 31, 2014 at 3:14 am said:

    Thanks for the sanity check!

    I happen to grow a lot of my own food, and I’m careful about which chemicals I use. I buy a lot of our vegies from local farmers … because it tastes better, darn it. But there is so much ignorance and bias on BOTH sides of some of these issues that it drives me crazy. I’d be happy enough to buy “GMO” seeds if they did what I wanted them to do. I don’t need herbicide for my little patch though, so I just buy seed that makes for tasty dinners.

    Might be the gourmets and gourmands bring the two sides together. Both sides … in our family … agree that homegrown eggs are just plain the most awesome. There’s probably some scientific basis for that, but my chickens aren’t particularly pampered and mostly eat a lot of leftovers.

    Point is … if people start looking at what their food is and how it tastes, maybe they’ll get away from the sound byte labels. If you REALLY get into, say, green onions … you’ll discover there are maybe 20 different common kinds, each with a different taste and growing habit, and all of which are better than what you’ll find at your average grocery store. If you go to a farmer’s market though, or an Asian store, you’ll find several different kinds and all amazingly tasty. And pretty soon the conversation isn’t about “GMO” or “labelling” … it’s about what is really GREAT food and what’s the best way to prepare it.

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