Part One: Laughter and Tears for Science Education: An Interview with Eugenie Scott
Part Two: Is There Such a Thing As an Anti-Science Left? An Interview with Eugenie Scott
Hon upprepar samma myter och missförstånd om GMO som skeptiker (t ex Steven Novella) debunkat ett oräkneligt antal gånger. Antivaxx och anti-GMO är dessutom tydligen mycket mer "nyanserade" än de pseudovetenskaper som är populär inom den (amerikanska) politiska högern. Någons politiska bias lyser igenom...TheHumanist.com: Are there fundamentalists on the Left?
Scott: Anti-vax is different, and anti-GMO is different. They’re much more nuanced positions. Anti-GMO is the most baroque of anti-science positions, and it’s the one that’s usually pulled out when people refer to the anti-science left. I’m a lefty, and I think we should be very careful about genetically modified organisms. Not because I think that putting genes into plants necessarily is going to make them different from normal selective breeding. I know about genetics; that’s not my objection. Although I don’t think the crossbreeding is going to get you florescent genes.
But sticking genes in from different phyla—you cannot honestly say that’s the same thing as selective breeding. Setting those nuances aside, it’s not the science of GMO that makes me cautious about them, it’s the consequences. GMO seeds, for example, are increasing the difficulty of Third World farmers to produce crops. They are not allowed to save seed from generation to generation, which they were always able to do before. You have to buy your seed every year from Monsanto. You’re stuck using Monsanto’s procedures for care, which actually do not really reduce pesticide use depending on what kind of crop you’re talking about, and can increase water use. Water scarcity is a major problem. You have all these economic and social issues that are generated by the industry of GMO crops. I don’t think that it’s anti-science to say, hold on—there are practices associated with this technology that we really need to examine carefully.