1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member


    I think this is part of growing trend of anti-intellectualism that has somehow corrupted the media. In the US, and apparently also in the UK.

    What's sad is that the pressure could actually be preventing scientist from doing quite ordinary honest science. Science that does nothing but better the position of mankind.

    So, yes, scientists, get out there and be open about what you do.
  2. Alhazred The Sane

    Alhazred The Sane Senior Member

    "...the benefits of GM crops". It's not really down to the scientists in this instance, the actions of the big corporations, and in particular Monsanto, is the key factor in the growing distrust of GM foods. A recent article in the LA Times makes it all too clear why people, and scientists, are slow to give their support to this new tech:

    "We don't have the complete picture. That's no accident. Multibillion-dollar agricultural corporations, including Monsanto and Syngenta, have restricted independent research on their genetically engineered crops. They have often refused to provide independent scientists with seeds, or they've set restrictive conditions that severely limit research options...

    Beyond patent law, agricultural companies hold a pocketbook advantage in terms of research. For example, they fund much of the agricultural safety research done in the U.S. And when deciding whether to allow a genetically engineered crop onto the market, the Department of Agriculture and other regulatory agencies do not perform their own experiments on the performance and safety of the product; instead, they rely largely on studies submitted by the companies themselves...

    ...As the technology spreads, it's likely that more, and more complex, genetic traits will be introduced in more crops. As a result, future genetically engineered crops could pose even more risks than current ones. Without robust independent analysis, it will be impossible to adequately assess these potential pitfalls.

    The companies that produce the seeds claim that genetically engineered crops are safe and are better than traditional crops in a range of ways. It's time for these companies to back up their rhetoric. The only way to test their grand assertions is to let independent science take its course."
  3. ThorGoLucky

    ThorGoLucky Member

    Anti-intellectuallism is disturbing and I think some of it is misdirected from anti-tech where amoral profit-driven corporations aren't helping in this regard. Then there is the classic anti-intellectualsim/anti-science because it's exposing ancient scriptures as demonstrably false (e.g. garden of eden, talking snakes and magical fruit of knowledge). Sigh.