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Old 07 August 2013, 09:11 PM
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Icon23 You Shouldn’t Fear GMO Corn:How Elle botched a story about genetically modified food

A few weeks ago, Amy Harmon, a respected science journalist at the New York Times, turned her attention to the GMO debate, writing a masterfully textured story about the plight of the Florida orange and the role biotechnology might play in rescuing it from a potentially deadly disease. It was widely praised by independent journalists for its even-handed analysis of the costs and benefits associated with adopting new technologies, like genetic modification, to food.

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It is really much more about the Elle article, but there was no good way to quote a meaningful section to set it up without quoting too much.
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Old 07 August 2013, 09:31 PM
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If I'm reading it right, she had an autoimmune disorder, removed all corn from her diet, the disorder got better, and that proves that GM corn is the problem?
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Old 07 August 2013, 10:26 PM
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I haven't really time to get into this in detail right now (didn't we recently have a thread on GMO's? I can't seem to find it, if so) but:

1) I wouldn't really describe the Harmon article as an "even-handed analysis of the costs and benefits associated with adopting new technologies". It's an article about the difficulties an orange grower expects to have with public perception of a possible orange variety developed by GMO methods to resist a particular disease, and is told primarily from that point of view.

2) The Elle article (I can't get past the first page) may well be a stupid article. The fact that people occasionally write stupid articles on a subject doesn't mean that there are no non-stupid objections.
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Old 07 August 2013, 11:18 PM
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When you say "occasionally", you mean "frequently," right? Because that's pretty much summing up the anti-GMO movement in a nutshell. Fact-free scare-mongering and junk science.
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Old 07 August 2013, 11:23 PM
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Pretty much, very similar to the anti-evolution arguments or anti-vaccine arguments. Every once in a while they approach something of a point, but oftentimes they are just fear mongering pseudoscience or the issues they have are also present in regular non-GMO farming.
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