Neil deGrasse Tyson escalates defense of GMO products

After a brief video clip went viral final month of American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson defending GMO meals, the scientist took to his Facebook web page to publish an announcement talking additional on the topic.

As RT reported final month, Tyson was caught on digital camera just lately saying that critics of GMOs, or genetically-modified organisms, ought to “chill out.”

“I’m amazed how much rejection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public. It smacks of the fear factor that exists at every new emergent science, where people don’t fully understand it or don’t fully know or embrace its consequences, and so therefore reject it,” Tyson advised a French interviewer initially.

“We are creating and modifying the biology of the world to serve our needs,”added the “Comos” host.“I don’t have a problem with that, because we’ve been doing that for tens of thousands of years. So chill out.”

Tyson’s diatribe garnered a whole lot of 1000’s of hits on YouTube in a matter of days, and this week he writes on Facebook {that a} quantity of the responses he acquired had been geared in the direction of explicit features of GMOs, corresponding to labeling and meals security, whereas discounting the true which means of his remarks.

“Had I given a full talk on this subject, or if GMOs were the subject of a sit-down interview, then I would have raised many nuanced points, regarding labeling, patenting, agribusiness, monopolies, etc. I’ve noticed that almost all objections to my comments center on these other issues,” Tyson advised his Facebook followers on Sunday.

“If your objection to GMOs is the morality of selling non-prerennial seed stocks, then focus on that. If your objection to GMOs is the monopolistic conduct of agribusiness, then focus on that. But to paint the entire concept of GMO with these particular issues is to blind yourself to the underlying truth of what humans have been doing — and will continue to do — to nature so that it best serves our survival. That’s what all organisms do when they can, or would do, if they could. Those that didn’t, have gone extinct,” he added. “In life, be cautious of how broad is the brush with which you paint the views of those you don’t agree with.”

With regards to these features, Tyson took the chance to weigh in as nicely. “Since practically all food has been genetically altered from nature, if you wanted labeling I suppose you could demand it, but then it should be for all such foods,” he mentioned on the topic of regulating the way in which GMO products are displayed. “Of course new foods should be tested for health risks, regardless of their origin. That’s the job of the Food and Drug Administration (in the USA),” he mentioned of security.

And if the scientist’s preliminary defense of GMOs didn’t appeal to the ire of sufficient opponents already, one quip particularly from his Facebook put up is definite to spawn a fair proportion of additional criticism:

“In a free market capitalist society, which we have all ‘bought’ into here in America, if somebody invents something that has market value, they ought to be able to make as much money as they can selling it, provided they do not infringe the rights of others. I see no reason why food should not be included in this concept,” Tyson mentioned.

So far, Tyson’s Facebook put up has been shared practically 1,500 instances and attracted feedback from near 1,000 social media followers.