Let me explain why I think GMO opponents should read this article, despite the fact that its tone will feel hostile:
(1) The author shares many of the goals of GMO opponents. At one point he lists values like "environmental protection, public health, community agriculture" as worthy.
(2) The author is not a blind shill for GMOs. The last section of the article looks at how they've been involved in increased herbicide resistance. This isn't done as a concession to opponents but as a serious illustration of the complexities involved in the topic.
(3) This is not a mere opinion piece. The article contains literally hundreds of links to studies and other literature, from both sides, so that interested parties are welcome to go further down the rabbit hole. In fact I can't recall another article I've read on the internet with so many source links embedded in it.
(4) The consequences are important. Opposing GMOs could mean you get dosed with more pesticides, that companies like Monsanto make more money, that the environment is harmed, and that people die of malnutrition. Many of these are precisely the sorts of outcomes that GMO opponents fear GMOs will lead to, which means that determining what course of action will actually cause them is in everyone's interest.
Overall, the article is a damning indictment of most aspects of the anti-GMO campaign. The section on Bt corn in particular demonstrates a blatant willingness on the part of organizations like Greenpeace to simultaneously put forth contradictory arguments, presumably in hopes that someone will believe at least one of them. It also highlights a number of cases of arguing that (genetically-engineered) Bt production is dangerous by using data that actually came from studies on Bt sprays -- the very thing that would be used far more if the GMO corn wasn't grown.
The problem with opposing GMOs is that it focuses on a tool rather than focusing on an outcome. As the article repeatedly makes clear, labeling GMOs doesn't actually tell you what you want to know: it doesn't tell you that your food is safer, or that the environment has been helped, or that local or needy growers rather than large corporations have made money. Instead, fighting over GMOs wastes time, money and energy that could be used to address these problems, and it actively harms a number of beneficial cases.
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