Debunking Ag Biotech’s Top 5 Myths

Farmer Gene

On Reason.com, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey takes on the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an organization opposed to crop biotechnology. IRT published a list of reasons to avoid GMOs. Bailey says, “it’s a mish-mash of misinformation and disinformation. All of the institute’s assertions are unfounded.”

liberationbiology1In a detailed article chock full of scientific cites, Bailey debunks the following IRT Myths:

1. “GMOs Are Unhealthy”

2. “GMOs Increase Herbicide Use”

3. “Genetic Engineering Creates Dangerous Side Effects”

4. “GMOs Harm the Environment”

5. “GMOs Do Not Increase Yields, and Work Against Feeding a Hungry World”

Ronald Bailey is the author of the book Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution, and his work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004.

In 2006, Bailey was shortlisted by the editors of Nature Biotechnology as one of the personalities who have made the “most significant contributions” to biotechnology in the last 10 years.

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