A recent study finds that the most extreme opponents of GMO food have the lowest levels of relevant scientific knowledge, but also tend to believe they know much more than they actually do.
The reality of GMO foods:
The study itself is available here. As the authors point out, scientists overwhelmingly conclude that GMO foods are no more risky than “natural” ones, yet many in the general public continue to believe they should be severely restricted or even banned.
Whole thing here.
I recently heard the radio advertisement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The tagline is “we know what’s best”.
How creepy. Worse, the supposed experts — NOT — suffer from the fatal conceit as explained by Friedrich A. Hayek. Here’s an appropriate quote from the book:
“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”
Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY):
“This suspect product has no clear health value,” he said in a statement. “I can’t think of a single parent who thinks it is a good idea for their children to be snorting over-the-counter stimulants up their noses.”
Senator, that’s not a good enough reason. Not every product or service must meet your enfeebled, limited imagination and memory. Interestingly, the good Senator is pro-choice on the abortion issue, so I’ll remind him of their universal mantra: it’s our body, and their our kids.