Having thought all along that op-ed meant “opinion editorial” – I actually googled the definition to be sure. It doesn’t mean that. It means “opposite the editorial” and non-affiliated writers write op-eds. In this case, a piece that I ran across today appears in Forbes and when I read it I was outraged. I was ready to permanently write them off as a credible news source until I learned the true definition of op-ed. So not only is it an opinion, but it is an opinion that the publishing entity does not necessarily endorse.
Now onto the GMO issue and California Proposal 37, the “Just Label It” law. My reaction to this article (and I use the term loosely) was so emotional that I couldn’t just read it without doing anything. It had to be the subject of my post today. Because of the looming election, my blog has been solely devoted to the prop 37 issue and I notice that not as many people are reading, but I have to be a devotee. I am called to this cause. And hey, I don’t even live in California, but I know this will have national implications no matter which way it goes.
One comment I read about this particular op-ed said that it is a perfect lesson in how to spin an issue and create propaganda. The article’s author is a former Monsanto man and the contributing doctor was the founding director of the FDA’s biotechnology department. Suspicious maybe? I’m sure they continue to be paid handsomely for their opinions and their lies. And sometimes I think people get so greedy they actually believe whatever fabrications they’re protecting. I am believing more and more that money buys scientific outcomes. In the case of this particular article, the thing that irks me even more than ignoring good science is the assertion that vast amounts of money are being cleverly veiled throughout the organic food industry and that the real “Goliath” here is the pro 37 camp. Oh, poor little biotech up against those organic food bullies. Can’t you just picture it – Monsanto, DuPont, Dow and others… meak little Davids against those meanie “just label it” wackos?
After I’m done crying over the fact that people will believe the propaganda, I will have a good laugh at the absurdity of it.