Public distrust of GMOs has increased in recent years. The animosity is everywhere; from initiatives popping up left, right, and center to label'em, ban'em, or warn the public. The media overplays the reports and plays into the deft game of extrapolating far beyond what the science says as well as ignoring expert opinion on what the science actually implies.
The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science is THE book on GMOs intended to counter the rampant fallacious thinking and destructive activism permeating the biotech discussion based on little more than anecdote and ideology.
Featuring the writings of public scientists, plant pathologists, renowned authors, farmers, science writers, professors, and journalists, they answer the hard questions asked of GMOs with elegance, ease, and evidence.
This is a book for those who want to know what the science actually says, where the evidence actually leads and the potential implications radiating from our actions.
"It's hard to find this level of quality discussion on this topic around the internet, where murky misinforming fear-mongers overwhelm the discussions." ~ Mary Mangan, PhD, President and co-founder of OpenHelix LLC
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This is a collection of articles from scientists, bloggers, farmers, and journalist from a pro-GMO stance. I have to say there were some very persuasive articles that gave some good scientific information and made persuasive arguments. However, there were a couple of articles that the author seems angry and condescending rather than making a valid argument for GMO’s. The company heading the lead on GMO’s is Monsanto that has a questionable business practices. I can’t say I’m a fan of Monsanto but they are using science to hopefully make a difference how our food can be grown. GMO could possibly help add nutrition that is lacking in certain areas and helping make crops more resistant to weather where crops can’t survive otherwise. The biggest thing that caught my attention is using fewer pesticides, better use of the soil and making better use of water to grow crops, so we aren’t robbing ourselves of clean drinking water. There is always the case for organics but that may not be accessible or affordable to everyone. The dark side is that because it is a new science that breeds fear and images that only feed that fear. I am also concerned about the consequences to our long term health. Scientist say it’s perfectly safe but there is always that doubt. I also wonder if the people that need it the most will really have access to it with the patents and contracts. We are a society is always looking for better science to help cure diseases and better our lives so I can’t see this a terrible thing. I am in favor of more research and labeling. I am hoping that this topic will be covered a bit more in a longer format for a better overall view.