Neil deGrasse Tyson To GMO Critics: ‘Chill Out’

Aug 3, 2014

By Lauren F Friedman

 

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, perhaps the country’s most famous scientist, has a message for critics of genetically modified foods: “Chill out.”

In a video we first saw at Mother Jones, he answers a question, asked in French, that roughly translates to: “What do you think about genetically modified plants?”

We have been genetically modifying food for “tens of thousands of years,” he points out, and there’s no reason to fear GMO foods created in a lab any more than seedless fruits created through selective breeding. GMO technology might scare people, he suggests, simply because “people don’t fully understand it.”

Tyson may not be a GMO expert, but the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the European Commission all agree with him on the safety of GMO foods. So does the research.

Here is his answer, in full:

I’m amazed how much objection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public. It smacks of the fear factor that exists at every new emergent science, where people don’t fully understand it or don’t fully know or embrace its consequences, and therefore reject it. What most people don’t know, but they should, is that practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food.

 

Read more and see the video here.

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