Do you equate anti-GMO activism with supporting local, family farms?
If you do, then please read the post I link to below. It concerns the Hawaiian papaya industry, local family farms, and just how much misinformation circulates regarding the history of the Hawaiian papaya, farmers, and genetic modification (which saved the industry, by the way).
For some background, here is a really good article about the history of the genetically modified, or transgenic papaya: Papaya: A GMO Success Story, an article out of the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
In The Food Babe Hates The Small Farmers Of Hawaii, blogger Hawaii Farmers Daughter calls out Vani Hari, the ‘food babe’, for vilifying Hawaiian papaya and advising consumers to seek out papaya from other countries instead. The post is written with heartfelt emotion and really characterizes how out-of-control this completely unfounded fear of GMOs is and how it is hurting not only our family farms, but also our country and the innovation that helped build it.
Please, if you don’t trust GMOs, get properly educated. Don’t blindly believe any blog post you run across by any so-called expert. The internet is FULL OF MISINFORMATION and it is all dressed up, ready to tug at your emotions, make you scared, or angry, make you think you must demand labeling because you have a ‘right to know’ what’s in your food. Newsflash: GMOs aren’t ingredients. GMOs are a breeding technology.
Do some vetting. Really dig until you find who the experts really are. Anyone can start a blog, or an institute, or a movement and call themselves an expert. It doesn’t mean they are.
My blog is a place to start. I used to be fearful of GMOs and started this blog to inform the public how evil they are but instead I learned the opposite and did a complete one-eighty.
GMO Answers is a legitimate source of information featuring real experts. I personally know and/or am acquainted with several of the scientists and experts who post answers there. A good many of them work for the public rather than privat enterprise and moreover, they are good, decent, hardworking, honest, knowledgeable people. No one is paying them to lie to you, in spite of what you have read or heard on activist websites. Scientists stake their reputations on sharing what they actually know, not what they are told to say.
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