Sunday, August 7, 2016

Jimmy Kimmel on GMOs: Student Sustainability Video Festival 58


It's entertainment Sunday, so I have an entertainment-themed video for today: Jimmy Kimmel asking What's a GMO?

Critics of genetically modified organisms or GMOs claim that they pose health risks to the public. Jimmy is always interested in people who have strong opinions, so we sent a crew to one of our local farmers markets to ask people why they avoid GMOs and, more specifically, what the letters GMO stand for.
Normally, I'm critical of GMOs, but that's because of Monsanto's business practices, not the science.  As for the people Kimmel interviewed, I'm not sure I want them on my side of the argument.

Stay tuned for more installments.

8 comments:

  1. I've had questions about the GMO thing for awhile. It seems like a situation where I'm supposed to have this kneejerk reaction and be against them. This is an article from CSM I posted some time ago.

    So, just eat your GMO veggies, Jimmy.

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    1. Yeah, there is a strong strain of anti-GMO sentiment on the U.S. Left. I find it somewhere along a spectrum of anti-science-and-technology positions somewhere between anti-vaccine and anti-nuclear power. Consequently, I consider Anti-vaxxers to be dangerous and Anti-GMO people who oppose it on their misunderstanding of the science to be misguided. Both of them are listed among the crackpot ideas in A Venn Diagram of Crackpot Ideas that I posted five years ago (I'm including Anti-Vaxxers among the "Alternative Health/Big Pharma" conspiracy theorists. I suppose that makes me out of step with the rest of the Left on this issue. I'm OK with that.

      As for Jimmy Kimmel, I'm sure he does.

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    1. I'm a biologist who lives in metro Detroit. I know the difference.

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