Quote of the day: denialism

From Michael Specter on genetically modified food:
“Someone told me they didn't want to take a flu shot because they didn't want to put a foreign substance into their body," says Specter. "What do they think they do at dinner every night?"
Less catchy, but also:
But in Africa, where arable land is scarce, science offers the only hope of providing a solution to the growing problem of hunger. To suggest that organic vegetables, which cost far more than conventional produce, can feed billions of people in parts of the world without roads or proper irrigation may be a fantasy based on the finest intentions. But it is a cruel fantasy nonetheless.

Denialist arguments are often bolstered by accurate information taken wildly out of context, wielded selectively, and supported by fake experts who often don't seem fake at all. If vast factory farms inject hormones and antibiotics into animals, which is often true and always deplorable, then all industrial farming destroys the earth and all organic food helps sustain it.
Like Michael Roberts, I don't think GM crops are the entire or only solution to food production shortages and price spikes. But I do like Specter's emphasis that technology and nature are not always in tension with each other – something often simply assumed in public discussions.

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