Comments: War on Reason -- a Victory!

Who complains most loudly about the evils of GMO foods? The urban micro farmers struggling to yield more than 10 bushels of produce from a season's effort tending "organic" seed plots. The mechanized farmer driving hybrid veggies to market by the truckload "isn't fair."

Posted by johngalt at March 16, 2014 2:41 AM

Yeah but. It is a perfect storm between a general fear of modernity and a relationship to food that is emotional and easily exploited. Cf: agricultural subsidies and Willie Nelson Farm Aid concerts.

Comparative advantage would dictate that we import all our food from Africa and turn farmland into theme parks or something. The locavore and organic movements touch an atavistic chord.

Posted by jk at March 16, 2014 12:41 PM

I do not purport to judge the relative merits of factory farmed fennel versus backyard broccoli, but merely suggest they be allowed to compete side-by-side in the marketplace.

The GMO-haters seek to defeat their "unfair" competitor by force, at the hands of government.

Posted by johngalt at March 18, 2014 2:50 PM

This is a hot button issue here in Hawaii right now. Some of the counties (read: Islands) have banned GMOs altogether, so even if the state level ban fails, half the state cannot have them.

From my impression, most of the opposition is not driven by the urban, micro-garden types (which we really don't have), but the (always white) hyper environmentalist transplant types who have the money to buy big houses by the beach side and like to reminisce about their past as hippies.

This New York Times article is actually a really good description of how things go down here and why. A sad read.

Posted by T. Greer at March 20, 2014 3:31 PM

That was my "South Park" allusion. That's exactly whom I expect to oppose it.

The linked article is superb. Of course the NYTimes is surprised at to find anti-science in the left.

Scientists, who have come to rely on liberals in political battles over stem-cell research, climate change and the teaching of evolution, have been dismayed to find themselves at odds with their traditional allies on this issue. Some compare the hostility to G.M.O.s to the rejection of climate-change science, except with liberal opponents instead of conservative ones.

Then in two paragraphs "what about DDT?" By which, the quoted skeptic and the Times mean "they said it was safe" rather than "Rachel Carson said it wasn't."

Posted by jk at March 20, 2014 5:48 PM
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