Monday, April 21, 2008

Attention Span of Anti-Bioengineering Liberals Drifts When Their Stomachs Growl

There's no evidence that genetically modified (GM) crops do anything but feed more people. That hasn't stopped liberal alarmists in the U.S. and especially Europe from fighting their introduction in agriculture. This, despite the chronic problem in the last few decades of world hunger. It's almost as if comfortable, superficially moralistic liberals in the West are less interested in alleviating human suffering, and more interested in sticking to their unverified Luddite suspicions about biotechnology. That's why I've also said if you're anti-GM, you're quite literally pro-hunger. In the first season of Penn and Teller's Bullsh*t! series, the eleventh episode ("Eat This") is an excellent smackdown of the
misinformation the left spreads about GM foods.

What's interesting is that as soon as food prices start going up at home, people's superficial morality gets pitched in favor of keeping their bread cheap. The chairman of the EC Parliament's Agriculture Committee put it succinctly of Europeans: their hearts may be on the left, but their pockets are on the right. Accepting the reality and benefit of GM crops will help current food prices internationally, including in the developing world where people are hardest hit. But acceptance of GM foods won't affect tofu much, though, at least not in the States - the majority of soybeans have been GM for years.

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