Let’s think about Pesticides and our Health is episode 1 of an animated video blog I am putting together. Enjoy!
I feel there is a lot of discussion about organic and a insensible amount of research comparing it to conventional farming, but very little critically addressing the legislation – EC Regulation (2008) No 834/2007 On organic production and labelling of organic products. This is important because, for what is supposed to be the EU’s gold standard eco-regulation, it is disastrously simple to make it more eco-friendly… so simple in fact that any teenagers with GSCE science could do it in a single breath. This matters, for producers, consumers and of course, for the environment and our global effort for sustainable living.
Does an agricultural practice’s naturalness determine its environmental sustainability? How might a market for naturalness affect sustainability efforts?
The following incidences of irresponsible use of science are from an analysis of the Greenpeace briefing Environmental and health impacts of GM crops – the science which is still, in 2015, the organisations go-to-document for people needing information on GM issues.
With many environmental NGO’s calling for global adoption of organic-only agriculture and complete abandonment of agricultural biotechnology, let us ask: Are the agricultural reforms touted by major environmental organisations a threat to global sustainability?
UPDATE: The whole notion of this consensus has been awesomely captured much more recently by the Credible Hulk with more details and up to date quotes. Please head over and check it out.
So, after the first meme showing just 6 consensus statements, I decided it was time to make it a million times better. Please share this around and help to rationalise public opinion on GM foods. Every statement on this image has been individually copied from the statements issued by each of the organisations. A full list of references is included at the foot of this post.
Hopefully this can help build awareness.
A few years back I created a host of GM memes to combat the slew of bullshit coming from the anti-gm nuts. They were kept on my old bands page, but as the host is now about to disappear, I’m moved them to here.
Here is the first collection of GM food memes.
Another short series. This time, interviews with scientists and politicians about the role of evidence in decision making and whether MP’s are capable of making scientific decisions. Do politicians understand science? How is evidence used when making policies?