The zany and madcap world of the GMO labeling crowd

The GMO labeling crowd seems to be quite the wacky bunch.  Out in front you have a yogic flying dance teacher, a snake-oil salesman, a professional protester, and an alternative  health knucklehead who claims GMOs are the equivalent of Zyklon B. Oh, and GMOs are the new thalidomide as well. All are in the anti-vaccine camp and all of them are ant…

California GMO labeling law: Bad science, crackpots and hucksters

In November, California voters will decide on a law that requires mandatory labeling of food products made with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs (the O is for “organism”). It has been framed by its supporters as a right-to-know issue, playing Organic David to GMO’s Goliath. To its detractors, it’s nothing more than a campaign of fe…

Why are progressives so regressive when it comes to agriculture?

When I posted yesterday's "dead bodies" post on my Facebook page, a friend weighed in with this response: "the progressive contrarian!! I hope this is as much bait as I take but.....it's a nasty spiral, go ahead, take lots of antibiotics, eat animals that are fead antibiotics, wash everything with chlorine.....how's that workin'? I ain't doin' that…

Fear of a GM planet II: Bad science and good science

Steven Salzberg, is a professor at the University of Maryland whose bailiwick is bioinformatics, genomics, and evolution. In a blog post he clears up some misinformation about GM foods. He also notes, “The bottom line is, you're far more likely to be harmed by being hit on the head by a corn cob than by some kind of deviant GM corn gene. “ B…