Did I already reblog this? GD Stone expands on (what I myself thought was a way-too-narrowly focused piece) “debunking” GMO “myths” from NPR a bit back.
When you hear about “Myths About GMO’s” you can usually expect a polemic from an activist. It may be an anti-GMO activist debunking myths like “GMO’s can help feed the world” or a pro-GMO activist debunking myths like “GMO’s can’t help feed the world.”
But the recent NPR blog, “Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted,” is from science journalist Dan Charles. Dan knows what he’s talking about, and he’s an excellent writer and researcher, and he doesn’t have a dog in this fight. (I have my students read his book Lords of the Harvest, a history of the rise of crop biotechnology that manages to be a real page-turner.)
I don’t have any problem with his responses to these myths; he’s basically right. (Although I don’t completely agree that these are the top GMO myths; there are some even bigger whoppers out there from both…
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