You can’t have a blog without the appearance of trolls . Even if they don’t comment on your blog directly, you see them tearing you down when you comment elsewhere. I have experienced this enough times now to realize it is unavoidable. Speak your mind and someone’s going to speak theirs and it won’t be pretty. I’m not referring to people who simply have differing opinions than my own. I am referring to people who are just plain mean.
So I’m going to allow myself a short rant in this post.
I don’t care how many times I am accused, I am still not a biotech industry shill. Not for Monsanto. Not for DuPont. Not for any of them. No, I have no background in science and I am quite forthcoming about that. That doesn’t mean I’m stupid or incapable of writing about GMOs. My opinion of GMOs comes from my head-on collision with reason, critical thinking and science, period.
The top spokesperson for the anti-GMO movement is a levitating ballroom dancer. What credentials does Jeffrey Smith have that I don’t have? I have cited mainstream science multiple times in my blog. Jeffrey Smith, though a well-meaning person I’m sure, has cited fringe, highly questionable and certifiably psuedo-science.
What I do have, even with my music and humanities background, is an open mind, an inquisitive mind and a discerning mind. Eventually, I’m going to identify horse puckey when it’s there. No disrespect intended, but the anti-GMO movement is buried in it and I don’t have tall enough boots.
Most people reading this already agree with me, but I am regularly slammed, if not here, elsewhere in the cyberworld, with this accusation of being a shill, underqualified to talk about GMOs or of limited intelligence. And it’s just TIRING.
Is it somehow inconceivable that I could be an individual not trammeled by prevailing winds?
When I was in third grade my teacher wrote that I was an independent thinker in the comment section of my report card.
Thanks Mrs. Smith. You were an encouraging teacher.
Julee K @ Sleuth4Health
This article was updated on July 22 at 10:00 PST.
 Here is a link to a great post that describes the different kinds of trolls: Six Special Breeds of Trolls