"I really think that big companies are controlling the food system and that’s a cause for concern and, you know, I agree with that. But I don’t think you can figure out how to fix that problem if you haven’t identified its real source. And I think the idea that GMOs are scary — because they involve moving around genes and messing with the natural order of things — is an easy way to get people up in arms about a problem that is both misleading about the technology and also not the true source of the problem."

— Amy Harmon, on genetically modified food, and the scientifically-dubious journalism that often surrounds it.

(Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com)

This article’s definitely helped me sort out my ideas on GM.

Before, I’d always been different to most my mates, with the opinion “potentially great technology that will be abused by profit-driven companies” - as opposed to “we’ll grow two heads and poison the planet” - but I’d never had any evidence as to why a blanket (i.e. unscientific) fear of GM was damaging.

Now, this. Boom.

(Source: uhuh-she-said)

Monsanto has been systematically blocking researchers from using its patented gene modified (GMO) seeds to learn if there are problems with them, according to an explosive op-ed in yesterday’s LA Times by Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s encouraging that it’s hitting the mainstream media.

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quelle surprise. I’m still not decided on GMOs, but I’m 100% opposed to their implementation