It used to be “Monsanto Shill”was an exclusive club. Now it seems that anyone who doesn’t see GMOs as the worst thing to happen since Justin Bieber are on the payroll.
It’s really an intellectually bankrupt accusation. Just go to any comment board, including this one and you see it. I did a quick search in quote for “Monsanto shill” and got 14,000 results. Then you have the gumbo variations such as “Do you or [insert name here] work for Monsanto?”
It’s really sad because this is my tribe. They can’t respond with a cogent argument.
I’ve been taken to task by people who say, “Well it’s worst on the right.” It may very well be, but the fact it exists at all on the left is embarrassing.
A recent piece on Politico, written by Tara Haelle, who is described as a freelance science journalist sums it up very succinctly. The title of the piece hits the nail on the head: “Democrats Have a Problem With Science, Too. We shouldn’t let them off the hook just because Republicans are worse.”
It is a well written piece and touches not just on the GMO issue but evolution and vaccines.
She hits the nail on the head when she writes
But such cries of false equivalence miss the point. The issue isn’t whether the Democrats are anti-science enough to match the anti-science lunacy of Republicans. The point is that any science denialism exists on the left at all. If there is grime in my bathroom and grime in my kitchen, I don’t stand there and contemplate which one has more filth; my house won’t be clean until I have scoured both.
I feel less like a pig in the wilderness after reading that. She continues
As one of those who claims science denialism is more egregious among Republicans than among Democrats, the journalist Chris Mooney has argued that the small amount of anti-science views found on the left does not drive policy. But digging a little deeper reveals plenty of bills that ignore the scientific consensus. Sure, they are mostly at the state level. But then, so are the Republicans’ bills pushing creationism into schools.
Now, this is why I hate Haelle, because I didn’t think of that.
It’s a good piece and you should check it out. But don’t read the comment section. The majority of the comments have nothing to do with the content and point of the article.