How do you continue to push GM crops on a population that has overwhelmingly voted against them in poll after poll? You start a campaign similar to the one the tobacco industry began in the 1920’s with the help of Edward Bernays to discredit any naysayers and even put doctors in commercials smoking cigarettes. You also do whatever it takes to buy out ‘real’ scientists and call those into question who inquire about the true safety of GM foods. You label them anti-science and discredit their credentials.
As GMWatch.org states:
“First, there has been a tendency to label anyone who dislikes GMOs as anti-science — and put them in the anti-antibiotics, anti-vaccine, even Luddite category. There is, of course, nothing scientific about the comparison. Nor is the scholastic invocation of a “consensus” a valid scientific argument.
Interestingly, there are similarities between arguments that are pro-GMO and snake oil, the latter having relied on a cosmetic definition of science. The charge of “therapeutic nihilism” was leveled at people who contested snake oil medicine at the turn of the 20th century. (At that time, anything with the appearance of sophistication was considered “progress”.)”
Just like with tobacco, the government agencies which are meant to police our food and water supply have been infiltrated with biotech interests. Bernays, and propaganda theorist Walter Lippman were members of the U.S. Government’s Committee on Public Information (CPI) that helped to promote cigarettes, especially to women, through a war-like propaganda campaign. This is so similar to what Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, Cargill, etc. do now. It seems biotech has looked at the Marlboro Man playbook for tips. 
So who does the propaganda for Monsanto?
- Hugh Grant, the CEO
- Janet M Holloway, Sr. VP, Chief of Staff of Community Relations
- Kerry J Preete, Sr. VP of Global Strategy
- And others
Grant recently said the following to CNBC:
“Twenty years since the first crops were planted in ’96, the intensity and use of chemistry has actually declined during that time so growers now are applying less. The next turn in this, the next breakthrough is how you apply less than an acre, how you apply it much more precisely. And I think the Monsanto Syngenta combination completely redefines the industry one more time in how we use chemistry and link it much more intimately to seed.”
Too bad that merger failed, and farmers are having to resort to more toxic versions of herbicides to try to get their jobs done. Monsanto is spending another $1 billion on a new dicamba herbicide after the WHO declared the best-selling product, Roundup, was probably carcinogenic.
Alas, are we to be lemmings, led off the edge of the cliff, and forced to jump off while Monsanto, just like in old cigarette ads, assures us all these chemicals and GMOs are safe?
Forgive me, but it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out this insanity. I can be called anti-science all day long, but at this point it boils down to some simple common sense.
101 thoughts on “Why Anyone Who Questions the Safety of GMOs is Labeled Anti-Science”
Don’t worry chrissy I won’t call you anti-science, but I sure won’t call you a journalist either.
GMOs are created by injecting virus and/ or bacteria into a plant or
animal cell, along with the DNA of life forms that would never mate in
nature HELLO MCFLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If that is true then what virus or bacteria did the roundup gene come from? Secondly if it can’t happen in nature then how do we have roundup resistant weeds? Weed terrorists? Weed aliens? Strange how your stories just never add up.
I’m sure the corporate scientists are on that one, since that information would destroy their GE program and inform the people about the true hidden dangers of GMO.
Wow so you don’t know, thanks for admitting it.
Don’t know what?
Are you talking about promoters?
Don’t we all just love (not) how anti-GMO tinfoil hatters love to use the scary word “injecting,” in order to appeal to fear of needles (and vaccinations) and make genetic modification of food seem just SO CARY? That’s why so many of these anti-GMO cartoons show evil scientists wielding huge needles and syringes, usually filled with evil-looking liquid. Except, of course, that’s all imaginary, just like their conspiracy theories, because no “injections” are done during the development process.
go back to your cartoons and crayons squirt.
Translation: “I can’t prove any of this wrong.” Too bad. 🙂
plenty of info in the link. maybe look into the bill gates monsatan connection and depopulation. It is still just a drop in the bucket compared to the big picture.
research it and check the link I left and the other ones that go with it. You can click on links and read……….right?
Yet again, the same old excuse: “Do your research,” without ever providing any link or reference to what you consider to be “research.” Every single time, it’s always that same empty phrase. Your link to morphcity.com is a silly conspiracy site where one person writes one-paragraph articles made up out of thin air. Typical tinfoil hat “research.”
Very well said Christina.
Common sense, Their money is guaranteed, why else would they pump millions into hiding the truth and forcing their products on people.
LOL, you wouldn’t know common sense if it hit you upside the head.
Thanks for paying your taxes, “my pay check.” Your support is appreciated.
Yes I realize my taxes goes for your food stamps.
Brilliant, your a genius in your own mind.
I’ll be looking forward to your next payment in December, thanks again.
Yes you tell everyone you are a retired vet, then speak out on your desire to oust the government, mean while collect your food stamps and fall farther being on child support. Yes we know your kind already.
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Yes, at election time the Govt will be replaced, it’s part of the process.
Didn’t you hear about this yet?
It is good to let the world know that the Veterans are people also, and they share the Nation’s peoples rights and their freedoms desires and will still rise to their defense.
It is also good that you allow the people to know your a servant to Satan, the enemy of freedom is clearly defined.
Sorry that is your master, you clearly prove that with your lies.
I would rather have the People as my master, than bow to your chosen master.
I’m not sorry, I have met many great folks through my journey’s.
I took an Oath and will do my best to honor it.
I humbly bow to my master, THE PEOPLE, and will give my life in their defense.
Lol, is that what mommy told you to say? Farmers feed the people so the true servants, while you are only mommy’s and the blow up bitch.
Again GMO troll, your insulting a Military Family.
I really don’t care if you insult me, because I know your a weak punk and couldn’t back your insults.
But you insult those who stand behind The Nations Defenders, eventually your in for a world of hurt.
Way to go GMO paid activists, bash the Nations Defenders Families.
I hold them in the highest regard, you lying about being part of it on the other hand is disgraceful. You are the lowest kind of life in my opinion (you and your blowup doll that is).
So, because you assume someone is lying, that makes it alright to insult the Nations Military and Family Members?
Great logic at justifying your actions there Stinky.
Prove me wrong, oh wait you haven’t been able to after weeks of your lies. I’m surprised your blowup doll doesn’t even leave you there limpy.
In the views of morals and ethics, I just did prove your wrong and mentally unstable.
LOL, I’m not the one threatening people on here, or lying about a service record.
Please provide proof of your claims.
As soon as you provide the proof I requested I will be more than happy to, until then go back to your basement with your blowup doll.
GMO again uses insults without substance. This is because GMO is morally defective, as is anyone who pushes genetically engineered filth.
GMO’s linguistic scam implies that someone Else is threatening and lying. GMO is so transparently ugly.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, “eventually your in for a world of hurt.”
Which simply implies you are your own threat.
That is a fact not a threat, it’s called reality.
Now trying to back peddle? How sad, good thing your blowup doll doesn’t get to see you like this.
Yes I back peddled to the truth.
Better that your blatant attacks, which openly involve innocent parties.
LOL, you bettered put it in full reverse then because you are so far from the truth it isn’t funny.
So it isn’t true, if you insulted someones Family to their face there would be predictable reactions?
Your friends must really be some scared individuals, not willing to stand for their Families, but that’s why you only insult people here because it is a fact, lol.
Again my point, you are your own threat.
Just facts for ya, my mentally disturbed Stinky.
More babbles? I guess whatever makes you happy, like pretending you are GI Joe, or married to a real woman instead of a doll.
Your psychic abilities aren’t accurate.
I quit pretending to be GI Joe after OSUT at Ft. Benning in 1981.
Sure you did.
dude naal pude, ma bahan chude
You mean that you want 1/3rd of the world to starve based on your blind, ignorant, directionless fear?
GMO must have insecurities about sex, as he/she/it uses accusations about sex to insult people.
More moral ugliness from GMO.
GMO Roberts’ insults use accusations about sex that reveal GMO’s own moral ugliness. This is why no one likes or believes GMO about anything.
GMO Roberts is losing his/her/its grip again – typos and errors are evident in “mean while” (meanwhile), “being” (behind), and lack of comma after “Yes” in both cases. GMO R. has also used the linguistic scam of implying he/she/it represents many people (“we know…”).
Silly GMO Roberts thing. No one likes it.
Your nastiness makes everyone reject everything you say.
Another insult, but no content. This is why no one likes or believes GMO Roberts.
Yes, follow the money! Such as the over $2 million donated by Dr. Bronner’s Soaps to the GMO labeling petition movement. http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-32315-dr_bronners_contributions_to_gmo_labeling_top_$1_million.html
A good move by them. Our right to informed consent must be respected.
In contrast, murderous Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Assoc. donated millions to STOP people from knowing whether products contain GMOs. – What are you HIDING, boys?
Great article! The Monsatan trolls are out in force across the internet….
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Chuckle. Especially GMO Roberts and his little cohorts. They need to go back to their paymasters at the Bivings Group for Monsanto trolls and ask for new propagandoids. The ones they have aren’t working.
hmm, hadn’t heard if Bivings Group! Thanks for the info. That fills some of puzzle pieces for me. I’ve been trying to figure out where the GMO trolls are coming from. Once you bust one of them 3 more popup -they must have some sort of IM alert….
Also, one troll sometimes uses different screen names so that he can talk back & forth to”others” and make it look like a big pro-GMO-filth crowd is there.
Your still around Gmo roberts? I thought you would have killed your self already, seeing how f ing ignorant you are, still shilling for monsanto I see, You are a very sad pointless human, with the reasoning of a handicap infant. I am a “uneducated name caller” is what you will say in response, True, I call it like I see it, but extremely educated! So do the world and Christina’s blog a favor and stop “trying”(because you sound like a tool) to spread your monsanto propaganda here! The people that post here share a common intrest that you do not, so shut the f up and go away, you two bit gmo pusher, no one cares what you to say, or any gmo shill for that matter! Peace out loser!
Common interest? Science fiction? Or just outright lies? LOL, the more you whine is just that much more proof that the anti gmo cause is losing badly. Thanks for that.
LOL. Monsanto has been losing profits for 8 quarters in a row. Good!
…and yet, you seem to think they have unlimited funds to pay imaginary “shills” to post on every single Internet message board in the world.
GMO Roberts, while annoying in some regards, is primo evidence how stupid, vile and desperate Monsanto really is.
Statements like that show anti-GMO tinfoil hatters to be paranoid fools, and you can be sure many people, including GMO Roberts, take this as good reason not to take you and your ilk seriously. If all you can do is bleat “Shill! Shill! Shill!” in response to anything you don’t agree with, you have nothing substantial to contribute.
You wrote above “Yes, follow the money! Such as the over $2 million donated by Dr. Bronner’s Soaps to the GMO labeling petition movement.” So let’s follow the money then… Monsanto spent $52 million on labeling in the CO and OR initiatives.Your little buddy GMO Roberts claims ads don’t influence voters. And BTW, there is no such thing as tin-foil. It’s made of aluminum, so don’t let those pesky little facts get in the way, shill.
Then stop eating them and go starve to death. Good riddance.
Or you, for thinking you know more than every biological scientist on the entire fucking planet. Do you always approach that which is unknown to you with willful ignorance?
No, silly. Monsanto still has lots of money and certainly sufficient to pay internet shills and ‘scientist’ shills. FOIA documents and whistleblowers are increasingly revealing Monsanto’s dishonesty.
Moreover, it’s stupid to think Monsanto pays for shills on “every single internet message board in the world.” Wow, every one of them in the whole wide world! You Monsanto shills are so excessive, you’re almost cute.
But try your best. Maybe you can get Monsanto to pay you for posting on sites about Barbie or Scooby-Do. Chuckle.
You stupid American fool. Your ignorance is the type one has when they think they can reach a PhD level of understanding a subject from a google search or a TED talk. You are advocating for 2 billion people to starve to death. Own your shit. You are not a biochemist, biotechnologist or any type of scientist related to those fields, and if you say you are, you are lying.
You can’t reason someone out of a conclusion they did not use reason to arrive at. They used blind ignorance, arrogance and fear to arrive at this conclusion, so use tools that affect those against them. Namely shame and hatred against them.
But GMO won’t stop. His/her/its only source of income and self-esteem (such as it is; heh) is the Bivings Group or equivalent that pays him/her/it to troll for murderous Monsanto.
Murderous Monsanto is losing sales and stock value, btw. Good!
You kill yourself. You want 1/3rd of the world to starve because you don’t know how everything works and that scares you.
…so, your argument boils down to three words: “…because they’re shills.” Of course, it wouldn’t be anything like this, would it?
The above is propaganda.
It is false.
It’s the worse kind of falsity because it combines Some truths with Many lies.
Also, it implies that all anti-vax and all anti-GMO people believe all of the tripe listed in the graphic.
By its nature (a graphic), it calls for readers to totally accept or totally reject what is presented. That’s dangerous, as (again) it’s a mixture of truths and lies.
Shame on you for posting such a scam.
So please clarify and specify which of the above are truth and which are lies. I’m waiting.
This took less than five minutes to type up. Kindly state which of these are false and which are true. I’m waiting:
Fear-based: Appeal to fear of vaccinations, and use of cute animals.
Scientists can not be trusted: “They’re all bought by Monsanto!”
Anti-corporation: “Monsanto! Monsanto! Monsanto!”
Anti-profit: “Monsanto patents seeds!” (Except that organic companies also patent seeds.)
Celebrity endorsed: Neil Young, Christie Brinkley, Sarah Michelle Gellar, so many more…
Deny scientific consensus: “All those studies are Monsanto propaganda!”
Cite discredited “studies:” Seralini
Leaders are not scientists: Vandana Shiva, Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Bronner’s Soaps, Whole Food Market…
Call those who disagree “shills:” You and so many more on this forum.
Claims government/corporate conspiracy: “Monsanto owns everything! Supreme Court justices, the FDA!”
Uses appeal to nature fallacy: “GMOs are unnatural! Frankenfood!”
Misuses precautionary principle: “GMOs are untested! They’re not tested enough! Decades of testing aren’t enough!”
Claims all manner of sickness: “Cancer! Autism! Dead bees! Obesity! Those tumor-grown rats!”
Says GMOs untested/unregulated: See above, precautionary principle. “GMOs are untested! They’re not tested enough! And Monsanto owns the FDA!”
Links to Natural News & Dr. Mercola: Duh. I don’t even have to link here.
Main info source is YouTube videos: “OMG GMO,” “Bought,” so many more phony “documentaries”
Message spread though Facebook memes: GMO Free USA, GMO Inside, March Against Monsanto, David Wolfe…
Correlation = causation: “Monsanto is evil therefore GMOs are evil!”
Call those who disagree “sheeple:” You and so many more on this forum.
Believes talk show hosts over scientists: “Monsanto owns scientists! Alex Jones is the truth!”
GMO is feeding the world, LMAO.
Today there are over 21 million people in Yemen starving and, reportedly, over 800 women and children have already died of starvation!!
Time to step up and prove that humanitarian claim.
Or maybe humanitarian is wasting 21 million dollars fighting labeling. Where is the money better spent?
And which of my statements written above are true and written are false?
That is up to you to prove.
My statement happens to be fact and your redirect is a common tactic. The GMO industry is all about claims but no action unless it benefits them, profit.
You know what you did, and so do we. Now you’ve even added to it. (Monsanto shills are so compulsive!)
I don’t take orders from propagandists.
You’re not worthy.
Perfect, thank you for playing this little game.
What everyone here doesn’t seem to get is that you are the opposite side of the same coin. Minds are closed at both extremes, and those in the middle are the losers.
Anyone approving this VILE Garbage is a DANGEROUS Moron Incl the Govt fools
GET rid of them ALL
The FDA needs to be totally dismantled. It has a conflict of interest in that it approves both food AND drugs – and sometimes the ‘foods’ cause illnesses that Require drugs, and sometimes Real foods and supplements are better at stopping illnesses than drugs are.
The FDA is also funded (user fees) by the very industries it was created to regulate.
Sadly amusing – the FDA approved GMO salmon as a “drug,” not a “food.” It should never have been approved at all.
Pro vaccine choice has a lot in common with GMO questioning. Some vaccines now contain genetically modified components. Let’s join the two movements together where they can benefit us all with more information and choice. We could work for labeling GMOs, real informed consent forms for vaccines and a dismantling of the limits on liability for vaccine manufacturers. See the National Vaccine Information Center and Green Med Info for what our two movements may have in common.
Know what else contains genetically modified components? Insulin. I don’t see millions of diabetic people worldwide giving up insulin because of your imaginary scare stories about anything genetically modified somehow being harmful.
ahhh, hold someone hostage for survival then blast them for not speaking up or knowing they should…
Insulin existed before GMO’s.
They used GE technology with insulin because it increased profits.
Yes, and this is a bad thing, how? It’s safer and less expensive to produce, and largely free of side effects. So that increases profits, which is a smart business move. Welcome to the 20th century, i.e. 65 years ago.
I didn’t say it was bad, I just made a point in regards to the fact that GMO’s aren’t really needed.
Informed consent is VITAL for survival. I recently went for a checkup, and my doc asked me whether I wanted a flu shot. I told her about the required labels on vaccines that list excipients such as formaldehyde and aluminum hydroxide. She knew. She ducked her head and said she was REQUIRED to ask whether I wanted a shot.
Similarly, we need mandatory, clearly understandable labels on products that contain GMOs.
This reminds me of the relie tampon scandle from proctor and gamble back in the 70’s where the tampons were killing women with a disease they carried/caused and it wasn’t before more than 3000 women died that the courts ordered the recall of the product due to its obvious dangers. The proctor and gamble co. had many expert opinions that their product was safe but the evidence just kept pouring in to the contrary. How many will die of GMO related problems before the legal system kicks in to save lives?
Funny, the Dalkon Shield (not tampons) was recalled and discontinued, and massive lawsuits were filed against A.H. Robins Company, because they used *science* to prove the device was dangerous. In spite of their pouting and ranting, anti-GMO conspiracy theorists have been unable to actually scientifically prove GMOs are harmful *in any way.* It all comes down to this:
Monsanto pays ‘scientists’ to write what Monsanto wants. Monsanto pays shills to create and post ‘memes’ such as the above. Monsanto falsifies its studies. Monsanto has been caught at this. For just ONE example:
Cat in a bow tie… that’s so freaking convincing.
Thank you for admitting you don’t even read what is written there, never mind understand it.
Cotton tampons and pads have been recently highlighted again as causing or likely causing cancer. My bet is that they contain Monsanto’s Bt cotton, which causes rashes and respiratory problems in field workers and sickness and death in animals that graze on Bt cotton plants after harvest.
Re your last question, only the legal system (e.g., lawsuits filed by Center for Food Safety et al.) or actions by the citizenry will save lives. The corrupt governmental agencies are funded by the very industries they were created to regulated.
For example, the FDA has now approved dangerous GMO salmon despite ca. 9,000 stores saying they will Not sell it and despite ca. 2 MILLION citizens writing letters of objection during the comment period. Sometimes I wonder if they’re flipping Trying to start bloody revolution.
Why am I having to wait 10+ minutes to have some of my posts approved?
Still waiting for two of my posts to be approved. What’s the problem?
See “GMO Makers, Their Puppets in Academia, and The New York Times” in Who.What.Why.
Ok. I see that yet Another of my posts has to have “approval.” What’s happened to uncensored speech?
See “GMO Makers, Their Puppets in Academia, and The New York Times,” an article in Who.What.Why.
You people are evil. Only 2/3rds of the world can be fed using traditional farming. You are advocating sitting in your posh 1st world communities with food aplenty while 2 billion people have to watch their loved ones slowly die.
Hmmm??? Note: “For the layman, the most important thing about science is this: that it isn’t a search for truth but a search for error. The scientist lives in a world where (the whole) truth is unattainable, but where it is always possible to find errors in the long-settled or the obvious. . . . So-called scientific books that are supposed to contain final answers are never scientific. Science is forever self-correcting and changing; what is put forth as gospel truth cannot be science!”
Rudolph Flesch – 1959, the Art of Clear Thinking
Anti – Science, indeed! The GMO name calling tag of “anti-science” is similar to the global warming name calling tag and certainly NOT helpful. Anyone who disagrees or challenges the current political dogma about Global Warming is labeled a “Denier.” For the liberal: You cannot have it both ways. Science cannot be legit only when it fits into your political views. I do not think Monsanto is “monSatan” and I also note that there would be massive starvation particularly in the 3d world countries, for us to shut down the GMOs. Certainty in a complex and ambiguous world is dangerous.
Having said this: I cannot see why anyone who be against labeling of food. For citizens to make and informed choice, they MUST be informed.