Yikes! David Remnick breaks down Vandana Shiva’s criticism of Michael Spector’s New Yorker article @GeneticLiteracy

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CauseScience previously posted the terrific New Yorker article by Michael Specter profiling anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva, and her science denialism. The Genetic Literacy Project has continued to follow this story, and the scathing response from Shiva and her followers, and have now posted an amazing rebuttal to Shiva’s response from New Yorker editor David Remnick. If you enjoy a logical, well-reasoned point-by-point rebuttal, check it out! 

Just a sample of Remnick’s response:

One hardly needs to hold a Ph.D. in physics to become an effective environmental activist, as you have demonstrated. Yet, when a prominent figure, such as yourself, is described for decades—in interviews, on web sites, in award citations, and on many of your own book jackets, as having been “one of India’s leading physicists” it seems fair to ask whether or not you ever worked as one.

It is fine to express anti-GMO viewpoints, but when misleading statements, false science, and conspiracy theories are your evidence, expect them to be called out. Thanks to the Genetic Literacy Project for watching this and posting about it!

 

Michael Specter explains the altered reality of anti-science GMO opponents #science #VandanaShiva

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Michael Specter has written an amazingly well researched (trips to rural India) piece for The New Yorker about anti-GMO and anti-science crusader Vandana Shiva. While Specter focuses on Shiva, his article looks broadly at GMO foods and the anti-science movement that opposes them. While I am certainly not a supporter of Monsanto and their legal tactics, this article truly demonstrates the bizarre anti-science and science denial propaganda utilized by opponents of GMOs. It is a bit of a long read, but more than worth the time. Below is one of my favorite passages from the article,

Monsanto is certainly rich, but it is simply not that powerful. Exxon Mobil is worth seven times as much as Monsanto, yet it has never been able to alter the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels is the principal cause of climate change. Tobacco companies spend more money lobbying in Washington each year than Monsanto does, but it’s hard to find scientists who endorse smoking. The gulf between the truth about G.M.O.s and what people say about them keeps growing wider. The Internet brims with videos that purport to expose the lies about genetically modified products. Mike Adams, who runs a popular Web site called Natural News, recently compared journalists who are critical of anti-G.M.O. activists such as Shiva to Nazi collaborators.