Whole Foods is doing the right thing for consumers by giving them more information about what is in their food. We urge other business leaders to work with us to give every American the same right as consumers in 62 other countries. More than 90% of Americans want the right to know whether their food contains genetically engineered ingredients so that they can make the best choices for their families.
If you look at the situation without prejudice, much of the debate, both in terms of anti-biotech and organic, is simply based on the naturalistic fallacy – the belief that natural is good, and artificial is bad. This is a fallacy because there are plenty of entirely natural poisons and ways to die, as the relatives of those who died from E.-coli poisoning would tell you.
Environmentalist, formerly of EarthFirst, Mark Lynas changes his position on GMOs and other sciency stuff. Via The New Yorker
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is nothing safe about the chemicals used in organic agriculture. Period. This shouldn’t be that shocking – after all, a pesticide is a pesticide.
Unlike the back-to-the-landers of the 1970s, my generation wants the organic, natural pleasures of rural life without sacrificing the culture and convenience of urban life. In other words, we may hawk our garden produce at a farmer’s market but we are not about to give up good coffee or The New York Times…. Unlike the ’70s crowd, we have no intention of ‘dropping out.
Kristy Athens, author of Get Your Pitchfork On! The Real Dirt On Country Living, speaking to OPB