Want to scare people about GMOs? Blame them for diseases
Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autism, asthma, birth defects, infertility, indigestion, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis. One of the best tactics for manufacturing fear about GMOs or other technologies,
according to Kevin Folta over at Genetic Literacy Project, is to allege, without evidence, that they cause a whole pile of diseases:
Whether you are trying to sell a book on GMOs, get more paid invites for your anti-herbicide rants, sell a t-shirt on your chemtrails [conspiracy theory] site, or convince local moms to stop protecting their children with immunization, there has to be a looming threat of a horrendous physical illness.
The post includes actual slides and screen shots from anti-GMO talks and movies listing the horrible diseases falsely blamed on GMOs. Folta has interesting things to say about this blame-a-disease tactic and how it links the anti-GMO campaign to other anti-technology and pseudoscience campaigns. Read the whole thing