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NYS Parent Teachers association joins the ranks of the climate deniers.

At the end of 2016, the NYS-PTA passed a resolution that aims to remove genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods from school cafeterias throughout the state.
Resolutions adopted in November will:

• Support mandatory labeling of GMO and GE foods.

• Support regulations barring pesticide-tolerant GMOs and GE foods from use in food and beverages provided by school meal programs and vending services.

• Encourage schools to avoid the use of foods and beverages that contain pesticide-tolerant GMOs and GE foods until such regulations are in effect.

• Encourage education of parents and community members on the health and environmental effects of pesticide-tolerant GMOs and GE food products.

And in this nice Op-Ed from the Buffalo News:

The last resolution is incredibly ironic as it includes the concept of increasing education, while simultaneously promoting false beliefs that are not founded in science. If done correctly, that class would be very short. It might go something like this:

“Welcome class. There are no known negative health effects from GMOs, despite that myth being propagated by certain people.

“The scientific community widely agrees on and supports the use of GMOs for many reasons, one of which is that there is not a single case of any known negative health effects. If you don’t believe me, please read the letter sent to Greenpeace, signed by over 100 Nobel laureates, stating that GMOs are safe. Class dismissed.”

That is of course the opinion of a molecular biology PhD – and I am merely passing along the ideas for you here.

2 Responses to “Science Denier for Thee But Not For Me”

  1. Alex says:

    Not that it affects the authors point about more important things to focus on, but health concerns are not the reasons listed for banning, even if they should be. The reasons are environmental.

    • wintercow20 says:

      I find that reasoning funny. Health effects were THE reasons for massive opposition to GMOs for years. And now after many, many, many studies not finding adverse health effects, the goalposts shift. We’d like to be concerned about the environment. But of course, the breeding method of a plant no more affects the environment than the sexual position of your parents impacted the color of your hair. And of course, there is also a large literature on the environmental impacts of GMOs, equally ignored.

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