I’m a proponent of scienific reasoning and scientific method, but that doesn’t mean I’m always going to concur with whatever consensus dictates, especially if there is no consensus.
A recent news article about the accidental selling of a genetically modified lamb to a slaughterhouse has sparked consumer anger in France, and rightly so. Safety concerns aside, people should be able to make informed decisions about what they eat. That can only be done if we know what is being put in our food.
A number of scientists and scientific pundits have blasted critics of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, citing ignorance driven by unreasoning fear. They claim that GMOs are safe and there’s no reason to worry.
But the Huffington Post, among other sources, reported that Monsanto’s GMO corn has been shown to cause organ failure in laboratory rats, and subsequent news articles and scientific journals have over and over again bolstered the argument that yes, we really do need to be concerned about the potential health risks of GMOs, especially those produced by corporations with questionable health and safety records.
Instead of denying these legitimate concerns, scientists should be fully prepared and willing to address them, and thoroughly review and critique any and all studies carried out by labs that have a commercial stake in disproving safety concerns.
After all, we, the public, have a right to know what’s in the food we eat so we can make informed choices whether to consume it.