Mike Renzulli

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The Case for Monsanto and GMO's

Environmentalist Mark Lynas recently gave a public mea culpa after years of activism in opposition to Genetically Modified Organisms (aka GMOs or biotech foods). Lynas was one of the major figures in the anti-GMO movement that started in the mid-1990's. As a result of his efforts, numerous Third World countries were denied supplies of genetically modified foods in which imports of them were halted and research on them was held up. I commend him for his intellectual honesty and his willingness to publicly admit his mistakes while exposing the lies told about GMO products.

Biotech foods have been made a topic controversy for sometime and it has mainly been due to the efforts of environmentalists. Opponents mainly claim that GMO's are unsafe, won't solve the need for food in poor countries and/or don't increase the overall food supply. Back in 2002 Europe went so far as to ban the import of biotech foods based on many of these assertions which were based on fabrications if not outright lies.
All of the statements and others on the part of GMO opponents in opposition to biotech food products are baseless and without merit. In 1970 Norman Berlaug was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to fight world hunger. Berlaug developed different types of wheat that would be more resistant to disease coupled with high yield potential which included the ability to withstand poor growth conditions. This Green Revolution started by Berlaug has resulted in enabling third world countries to grow more food that have helped to stave off numerous famines.

Genetically modified foods are a result of Norman Berlag's accomplishments. Since environmentalists oppose technological advances to the point of religious fervor eco-whackos resort to smear, intimidation, and misrepresentation tactics. Thanks to anti-GMO efforts, when Europe and other African countries banned their importation it resulted in mass starvation of population segments of poor countries. Worst part about it, some libertarians actually agree with the environmentalists by joining in anti-bio-technological food protests rationalizing their doing so as being a way to halt their Platonic concept of crony capitalism.

Not only are biotech foods helping to feed the poor, there are advancements in genetic engineering for human beings too. New biotech-related medications are out on the market that can help treat leukemia, congestive heart failure, and a host of other illnesses. This also includes not only hundreds of new medications but also advancements in vaccines to help fight the spread of disease. Germ-line research has resulted in the detection and removal of bad genes in humans that result in hereditary diseases while accomplishments from stem-cell research can help replace damaged tissues and organs. Extremists behind the smear campaigns against GMO's and companies that produce them (such as Monsanto) along with their anti-genetic engineering efforts in medicine (such as the anti-vaccine movement) are literally killing hundreds of thousands of people with their words and actions.

Opponents of biotechnology (be they environmentalists or religionists) think that it is immoral if not outright evil for mankind to bend nature in order to live. As such their opposition demonstrates their overall contempt for human life despite their claims to the contrary. As far as biotech foods are concerned, fortunately, Mark Lynas had the guts to admit his mistake and now seeks to refute his former colleagues. I certainly hope that his public admission and apology not only helps blunt opposition to genetically engineered foods and other bio tech products, but Lynas' example inspires others to follow his lead.

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Comment by Cathy Cuthbert
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Renzulli uses nothing but ad hominem attacks and sweeping statements without support. The opposition to monsanto and gmos is far from one dimensional, loonie, knee jerk luddites. Opposition comes from many parts of the political spectrum now that people are waking up to the ineffable horror of corporate owned genes and patented life. Does Renzulli know that samples of his tissues can be taken from him and his genes patented not only without his consent, but without his knowledge? Can Renzulli put two and two together to figure out where Monsanto is going with its goal of dominating the world's food supply? Is he aware that independent scientists have been denied access to gmos for their research? That independent, long term safety studies have not been performed? That gmo corn is laced with a systemic pesticide, i.e. it can't be washed off? That Monsanto uses disgusting, heavy handed tactics through is twisting and buying off of the pathetic excuse of the US judicial system to put small farmers out of biz and to scare the others into line with its agenda? Does Renzulli know ANYTHING about this matter? There is certainly no way to know since all he's done is insult people who simply don't want to be exposed to the poisonous cocktail spewed out by Monsanto et al. 

Renzulli, this may be an opinion piece, but only in so far as that it is received opinion. Oracle of Reason, indeed.

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