Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nobel Laureates Support Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

In an open letter published online, more than 100 Nobel Laureates are urging the environmental organization Greenpeace to stop their crusade against GMOs. Over 90% of the letter's signatories earned their Nobel prizes in the fields of physics, chemistry, or medicine. According to the letter's signatories, GMOs have been proven to be safe and have the potential to improve nutrition and feed a hungry world in the future. The letter suggests that opposition to GMOs is based on emotion and dogma, rather than facts. It concludes, "How many more poor people in the world must die before we consider this a 'crime against humanity'"?

The issue of the safety of GMOs is one of those areas in which the views of the public and of scientists are still far apart. A Pew Research Center study revealed last year that while 88% of scientists affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science say that GMOs are generally safe, only 37% of the public thinks so.

In other related news, this month Vermont became the first state to require that food product labels indicate whether or not the product contains GMO ingredients. Other states are likely to follow suit. Clearly, the fight over GMOs is not over yet.

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