The scientific consensus on genetically modified crops is established when it comes to food safety. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “the science is quite clear: Crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.”
Mark Lynas, once an anti-GMO activist, recently flipped positions, saying, "You are more likely to be hit by an asteroid than to get hurt by GM food." That doesn't slow the anti-GMO movement or Whole Foods Market, the largest natural-foods grocer in the U.S., which plans to require GMO labeling.
GMOs are easy to vilify. They're typically designed and defended by large corporations and industrial farmers. In the court of public opinion, labels do matter. Who wants to eat a “Frankenfood” when they can opt for a “locally grown heirloom”? Science may have the facts, but the Flat Earth Society has a better advertising pitch.
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