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The science holds up... unfortunately.
on May 1, 2012
Unfortunately that is, for Jeffrey Smith.
While Monsanto is an evil corporation (and I agree!), they are evil not because they make GMO foods/seeds. They are evil because they are patent abusers, and this is a similar problem to what is going on with the state of software in the US as well (software patents are another big problem).
They do however, make a good product. Despite Jeffrey Smith's damning of the industry (a position that has employed him for some time), the reality is that science backs up the facts. GMO foods are often healthier, better for the environment, and of course, cheaper. Why, you ask? Well, go ahead and read the book he's written. Sounds terrible, right? Then start researching on things he actually TALKED about, in scientific journals and quickly you'll see a vastly different picture. Peer-reviewed articles by credible scientific panels across the globe continually state there are no ill-effects of GMO foods on our health, the environmental impact is usually benign (as compared to organic) or even beneficial. Organic plants can't consume nutrients in the same way GMO foods do, so as a result they need to be watered more (causing topsoil runoff), they need to be treated more with herbicide -- which is ORGANIC! Mostly rotenone, but the little mentioned fact about rotenone is that you need 5-7 times as much as things like Round Up, and the runoff kills entire marine ecosystems. The chinese use it to kill fish.
These are only a glimpse of the manure (pardon the pun) that Jeffrey Smith pushes. There are inherent risks to GMOs, and they run higher than organic foods. There's no doubt about that. But since the amount of "trialing" to get a GMO product onto the market is very timetaking and expensive process, the results in the end are thoroughly vetted by *actual* scientists. Not by "organic farmers" who don't know the consequences of what they are doing, and equate "organic pesticide" with "okay to use in excess".
But if you take Jeffrey Smith's word for it (and buy his book, attend his lectures, read his articles, etc), then we are all doomed. If you take the scientific community's peer-reviewed articles instead, then you'll be in for a far more boring and less exciting conclusion, that the GMO food we have today is fine, and despite the inherently higher risks, it's offset by far higher standards to bring it to market. Of course, don't let the facts get in the way of what many find going "organic" as basically a religion itself. Jeffrey Smith seems an apt leader for a cult like that.