It’s Time to Re-Focus the GMO Debate

The Fanning Mill

Dear friends (anti-GMO and pro-GMO),

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of the debate over genetically modified crops and food. Tired of the constant claim and counter-claim, the hyperbole, the exaggerations, the fear-mongering, the mis-quotes, the lack of context, the narrow perspectives, the sniping and snarking, the name-calling, the disrespect – all of it. (I generally try to stay polite, but I’ve engaged in some of it, too, I’ll admit – very few of us can claim to be immune, I believe).

It’s getting to the point where it’s almost impossible to broach the subject with someone new without needing to peel back layer after layer of assumed prejudices before a reasonable conversation can take place. Too many people have come to a place, it appears, where they’ll only pay attention to information that supports their own viewpoint – anything that is slightly off-script is immediately considered…

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