My Facebook feed is littered with posts, articles, and opinions of my liberal friends posting about the overwhelming science that supports that climate change is real, and that the deniers need to look at the proof.
However, many of these same friends will turn around and post article after article on why GMOs are terrible for you and how they harm your body.
But where’s the actual science that supports that?
Seems like a problematic double standard.
The vast majority of scientific research points to the fact that GMOs are not harmful to the human body nor the environment.
In fact, the National Academy of Sciences just released a report of a review of hundreds of research articles, testimonies, and questions about the safety of GMOs.
So where is the disconnect – and why do so many liberals acknowledge the majority of scientists that support climate change, but not the majority that supports that GMOs are not bad for you?
If you look at political demographics, you see that 70% of Democrats trust scientists to research climate change, while only 15% of Republicans support that.
Alternatively, 56% of Democrats believe that GMOs are unsafe to eat, while 51% of Republicans say the same – with only 43% of Democrats and 38% of Republicans saying that they are safe to eat.
When you examine the perception of GMOs in the United States, you’ll see many arguments against GMOs – from the “evils” of the Monsanto Chemical company, to people boycotting and protesting Roundup Ready crops.
This opposition stems from scientific research that is full of fraudulent misinformation, and they don’t examine the good that GMOs are able to accomplish, like the papaya crop success in Hawaii ten years ago, or the fact that scientists are trying to modify cows to produce less methane gas to, ya know, reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The latter bit would help combat climate change in a real way.
Now, personally, I identify as a liberal, and I am 110% for questioning scientific research and letting new discoveries and inventions be properly vetted before being released into the public.
But at some point, the line needs to be drawn.
And to my liberal friends – I only have one message: Get. It. Together.
If we’re going to promote and support the majority of science that says climate change is a reality, then let’s stay constant and support the majority that says GMOs are not bad for you.
If we’re going to fight to save this planet from drastic climate and environmental change, then support the people who are actually trying to do that.
You want to make sure that the projected 9.7 billion people on this world in 2050 are going to have food?
Then let’s support the scientists who are trying to feed people.
Let’s support the science and the research that is going towards trying to make food more affordable, more nutritious, more accessible, and more easily grown.
The population of the world isn’t going to magically go stagnant or go down, and if you didn’t know, growing food is hard.
We are able to feed 155 people per farmer currently.
In 1960, that number was 25.8.
If y’all want to be able to affordably eat within the next 50 years, if you want to help feed those less fortunate than you, and if you want to protect our planet, then start supporting and trusting the scientists who know what they’re doing.
If we’re going to say we support science and validated research, then hold up that promise and start supporting all the validated science, not just the ones you want to.
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