I blame Monsanto...
Well, let me be more specific; I blame people's knee-jerk reaction to Monsanto, and in turn, our knee-jerk reaction to people's knee-jerk reaction to Monsanto.
I'm sure that, like myself, many science communicators find it odd that the same people who support science when it comes to climate change, and support science when it comes to evolution, put their fingers in their ears and go 'la la la, not listening... la la la, Monsanto' when it comes to #GMO.
I think anti-corporatism explains this. Many people who haven't read the literature on Climate Change are all too happy to support it because it's an indictment against 'Big' fill-in-the-blank, namely, Big Oil.
They're not pro climate change(phrasing?) so much as they're anti big oil.
While religion isn't a corporation per se, it is structured like one, and organized religion is certainly not without its series of scandals. So while many people are against evolution because they see it as an attack on their religious beliefs, I would argue there are at least as many people who support evolution because it disrupts religion, just as climate change disrupts big oil.
For years, when arguing in favor of GMO, I would preface the argument by divorcing the issue from Monsanto. In hindsight, I was handing the anti-GMO activists a winning debate strategy.
For years, we never bothered to challenge claims that activists would make about Monsanto: they go after small farmers, their products have lead to suicides in India, they're the ones responsible for agent orange, et cetera.
So when anti GMO activists engage in a debate, they've been able to stake unchallenged claims FOR YEARS that we ceded to them in order to get to the meat of the argument, science.
The trouble is that we never got to the science because Monsanto was the Skip, Reverse, and Draw Four of their Uno deck.
Monsanto gets worked into every counter-argument, and we couldn't do anything about it, because we tacitly accepted the premise that Monsanto was some evil, corporate monster.
If we want to reach more people, eliminate the activist driven stigma against GMO, and as a result, eliminate the labeling efforts meant to silence that technology, then we need to fight back against all the anti Monsanto nonsense, which is really just anti-corporate nonsense.
When we neutralize that argument, the activists have nothing but discredited studies from anti Monsanto activists parading as anti GMO activists...
And we can beat them, every time.
I'm not paid by Monsanto, but I did solicit them, tongue-in-cheek, for a donation, so I could get a place to live. Even if they give me money in the future, my views on GMO are already complimentary to theirs, so no COI would be possible.
That being said, I really am homeless, and would not turn down any donations that would help me get an apt. I'm not trying to get a fancy downtown loft, just a decent place in a walkable neighborhood.
I have zero savings and a new job, so it's going to take a while to save up money for an apartment.
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