EU:s nya GMO-lag
Postat: sön 29 jul 2018, 19:55
Steven Novella skrev nyligen om en ett domstolsbeslut i EU gällande GMO: A Look Inside the Anti-GMO Movement
Steven Novella skrev:A recent EU court ruling on GMO regulations might just hoist the anti-GMO movement on its own petard. The ruling covers so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs). I am not exactly clear on the full scope of what counts as an NPBT, but it does include CRISPR. Some reports also say it includes “mutagenesis plant breeding techniques.”
Part of the problem with the anti-GMO movement is that what counts as a GMO is vague and arbitrary. If you follow organic policy, GMO’s include any form of gene editing, but not mutation breeding (using chemicals or radiation to increase the rate of random mutations in plants). In fact scientific critics of the anti-GMO movement having repeatedly pointed this out as a glaring contradiction – opposing precise single gene changes, but not random mutations.
This ruling by an EU court expands the net of GMO farther, revealing the risk of relying on such vague and arbitrary categories. This is important because it means that a long list of breeding techniques are now prohibitively regulated in the EU. This move was in opposition to scientific organizations in Europe
Det ser onekligen mörkt ut. Är det någon som vet mer om lagen och dess effekter?Steven Novella skrev:Anti-GMO is dogma within European green parties. The full article is worth a read to see what science advocates are up against – entrenched ideology that rises to the level of religious fanaticism. To be fair, not everyone in the green movement or who is currently anti-GMO falls into this category. Many people are simply pro-environment, and grossly misinformed. Because if you are an environmentalist you swim in a culture steeped in anti-GMO dogma.
Orozco describes encounters that I find all too familiar – you demolish one fact-challenged point, and the anti-GMO advocate goes onto the next, and then the next, and then comes full circle in an endless cycle of misinformation. But we do know that some people can break out of this cycle, like environmentalist Mark Lynas. It does, however, take a willingness to listen to the science over dogma.
In Europe anti-GMO ideology has effectively won. It has marshaled public opinion, engage in vandalism to make research impossible, and lobbied for regulations to essentially kill GMOs. The goal is a GMO-free Europe (with “GMO” defined very broadly, according to the recent ruling).