Hi guys. Just a quickie to get off my chest. Many of you know that I’m a co-founder of the new counter-protest against March Against Monsanto. I won’t re-hash the details, but see here for all the news articles, podcasts, and blogs on why we at March Against Myths About Modification (#MAMyths) are against misinformation mongering.
March Against Monsanto has been engaging with me and my friend Stephan, leader of the DC MAMyths chapter today. Here are a few telling tweets:
I wonder whether they know that patents expire and that there are open-source genetically engineered seeds? Or that conventional, organic, and even Non-GMO Project verified varieties (like Opal apples) are owned by companies as well? There are a few farmers on Twitter already taking offense to this tweet, and rightfully so.
I wonder if they know that plenty of Indian farmers embrace biotech, and that there isn’t any causative link between genetic engineering and Indian farmer suicides? Also, I’ve been to India. I go every three years on average. I’ve also visited Indian farms. I’ve also seen malnourished Indian children who could probably do with some hearty GE food.
If March Against Monsanto believes that there aren’t corporations with a lot of financial stake in the anti-biotech movement, they’re grossly misinformed.
Anyhow, I’m off to go buy some GM food. If you’re interested in countering March Against Monsanto’s misinformation mongering with me, join a local protest, or RSVP to our online rally!