TED Talk: Science is Pro GMO

Here is a great TED talk a friend of mine posted on Facebook.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pass this along!

Here is a quote to summarize the TED Talk:

“Look, I’m not asking you to believe me. Science is not a belief system. My opinion does not matter.  Let’s look at the evidence. After 20 years of careful study and rigorous peer review by thousands of independent scientists, every major scientific organization in the world has concluded that the process of genetic engineering is as safe or safer as older methods of genetic modification.”

She ends: “What scares me most about the loud arguments and misinformation about plant genetics is that the poorest people, the people who most need the technology, may be denied access because of the fears and prejudices of those who have enough to eat.”

Check it out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qv29P4TKyo

Here is a link to the article as well:  http://blog.ted.com/why-genetic-engineering-of-plants-is-vital-for-food-security-pamela-ronald-speaks-at-ted2015/

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5 thoughts on “TED Talk: Science is Pro GMO

  1. Thanks for your thoughts and comments! Most of the pesticides are applied early on and simply washing the fruit and veggies with water will eliminate any residue. Even organics and others can use some, and certain types, but in much more moderation. As for the poverty issue, we are at a place in society where real food cannot compete price wise with “lab food”. For example, Soda is cheaper per gallon than water or gasoline. At McDonalds you can buy a fake burger for $1.00 or some Apple slices for $1.00.
    Please follow me and share this with your friends on social media. I want to get people here having an educated conversation about the issues instead of people taking snippets from the media and thinking they fully understand the issues.

  2. I’ve posted this on my foodie Facebook page with the comment – “My thought: It’s not the process that is harmful. If anything, it is particular characteristics that are bred for. Some are more beneficial than others.” – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cook-Up-A-Story/159909699697

    • Thanks for your comments. I agree that GMO’s could be used potentially in a negative manner. I just hope we can help everyone realize the potential good that can come out of it… mainly for those in poverty.

      • Roundup resistance is the one I hear complaints about most often. Yes, weeds are minimized. But how much of the pesticide ends up residing in the produce?

      • I see your point, though, about poverty. People need to eat. Perhaps people in poverty will do better overall with access to food that is slightly tainted than to none at all?

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