Moms Urged to Subscribe to the ‘Precautionary Principle’ on GMOs

Farmer Gene

“Rather than falling for these tactics, women should take a reasoned look at the facts behind biotechnology and the cost and consequences of the policies activists advance.” – Julie Gunlock

BIO wanted to bring attention to a wonderful piece in the National Review Online, titled Biotech’s Mommy Issue: Women are targeted by anti-GMO activists but deserve to know the truth. Julie Gunlock notably blogs on how advertisers and marketing experts push the anti-GMO agenda by “selling fear and worry.” Women, specifically moms, are considered to be the primary shopper in the house hold, making them a large portion of the consumer base and a key target for the anti Ag biotech movement. Julie writes this in her blog,

“….Radical environmental groups initially led the charge against GMOs, but today, some of the most vocal and influential anti-GMO activists are found on mommy blogs and parenting, cooking, and so-called health-and-wellness websites - all of which are popular with moms.

These seemingly innocuous sources regularly pin a variety of ailments on GMOs: from food allergies and stomach ailments to obesity, infertility, autism, and even cancer. Using Jenny McCarthy’s playbook for creating panic, some well-meaning though woefully misinformed mommy bloggers rely not on science but on emotional anecdotes to promote the idea that humans are in grave danger from GM food. Even more troubling is their inaccurate claim that its safety hasn’t been adequately examined, even though GMOs are among the most scientifically scrutinized subjects. And the thousands of legitimate studies on GMOs tell a reassuring story…..

“Unfortunately, they make few headlines and are ignored by activists. Moms are advised that when it comes to GMOs, they should subscribe to the ‘precautionary principle,’ which is the regulatory norm in Europe, where regulators don’t actually have to prove a product is harmful to regulate it.

Moms aren’t hearing the whole story and should be aware of the enormous costs associated with these regulations. For example, a dozen states are considering bills to label GM food. That may sound harmless, but labeling mandates will lead to fewer food choices for consumers and will harm the very businesses many of the anti-GMO activists claim to defend…

“This is more than just good business: Women deserve to hear the good news about the studies confirming the safety of GMOs – and the bad news about the costs of needless regulation. Busy moms have enough to worry about and will welcome getting GMOs off their already-long list of concerns….”

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One Response to Moms Urged to Subscribe to the ‘Precautionary Principle’ on GMOs

  1. Peter Matlock says:

    The “Precautionary Principle” isn’t very principled, nor are its promoters.

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