Greens vs. Science: The 2012 Award for Most Thoughtless, Anti-Science Comment
There are still three months left in the year, but the chances of anyone saying something more anti-science than today’s nominee is pretty small. And that includes those who cite the Mayan calendar as evidence the world is coming to an end this Dec. 21.
The 2012 Award for Most Thoughtless, Anti-Science Comment goes to Trudy Bialic of Seattle-based PCC Markets. Congratulations!
Commenting on PCC’s effort to require labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs), she pronounced her thoughts on those who opposed labeling:
"Don't make any mistake, this is chemical companies" opposing labeling, said Trudy Bialic, director of public affairs at PCC. "It's the same people who brought us Agent Orange, DDT and PCBs, and they're saying now, 'Trust us with your food.'”
They also happen to be the “same people” who brought us chemotherapy that has cured cancer in millions. They also happen to be the “same people” who created golden rice, a GMO that could prevent blindness in millions of malnourished children around the world – but is being blocked by environmental groups. They are the “same people” who helped create the “Green Revolution” that reduced worldwide starvation, saving hundreds of millions of lives in the poorest countries in the world. I could go on.
Other than that, Trudy’s right.
Well, actually, she’s still not right.
There are others besides these “same people” who brought us all those other things who have examined GMOs and found them to be safe:
- US National Academy of Sciences
- UN World Health Organization
- US Department of Agriculture
- US Food and Drug Administration
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- American Medical Association
- UN Food and Agriculture Organization
- Europe’s Chief Science Advisor
If, however, PCC wants to require labeling, they should require labeling of all impacts. GMOs use fewer pesticides and less fertilizer. Perhaps PCC can list the amount of additional chemicals needed to grow non-GMO or “organic” foods. For example, researchers at UC-Davis found that organic wine grapes required about 80 times as much fertilizer as conventionally grown grapes.
The truth is that the push for labeling is designed to play on fears and lack of science knowledge. They don’t want labeling, they want selective labeling. They set aside science in favor of insinuation and fear, demonizing scientific innovation – innovation that could save millions of lives – for the sake of self-righteous ideological advocacy.
So, to Trudy Bialic and PCC Markets, the 2012 Award for Most Thoughtless, Anti-Science Comment goes to you. It is a well-earned award.