I recently did a segment of internet talk radio with Ray Bowman, host of the Food and Farm show. We talked about how sometimes misinformation is taken as fact on the internet and about how I, non-scientist-consumer, came to change my mind about GMOs. The conversation specifically focused on early warning signs that I noticed as an anti-GMO blogger, the red flags that registered in the back of my mind, warning me that I was not on the side of the facts.
Examples of the red flags
1. Silly, highly propagandized videos and articles touting the same information over and over and appearing ad nauseum on activist blogs.
2. So-called science reports that had major flaws and were shredded by mainstream science worldwide. Usually the scientists that conducted the research were out on a limb all by themselves, or “fringe” types. I’ve come to learn that good science repeats itself and none of the reports that supported the anti-GMO view did that. Not even one!
Though my conversation with Ray ended there, little by little, those red flags added up and came to a tipping point, which was the now infamous Stunning Corn Comparison: GMO vs non-GMO crashing head on into plant geneticist Kevin Folta with whom I was in email contact at the time. This comparison table tried to pass off soil samples and who knows what other gobbletygook as actual corn data and, well, anyone who passed undergrad organic chemistry apparently would have laughed this data off of the paper it was printed on. So all hell broke loose at that point, for me anyway. Basically, science was shining a spotlight on me and I had nowhere to hide. I was busted, and frankly, embarrassed.
Next came Science Is Laughing At Us and the rest is history!
Here is the 13-minute segment recorded 8/20: Food and Farm Segment with Ray Bowman