Anti-GMO movement ‘on shaky ground’

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Liberal foodies are on a collision course with genetic engineering that may soon result in the welcome crash of the anti-GMO movement. As emerging technology promises an answer for nearly every issue on the movement’s agenda — from animal welfare to food security to environmental protection — it also exposes the movement’s hypocrisy and hollowness. Activists are increasingly hard-pressed to defend their illogical, irrational positions (who in their right mind can oppose an apple that doesn’t turn brown?). And, as is the case with most faltering political crusades, anti-GMO leaders are becoming more and more desperate — even downright silly — in their efforts to revive their dying cause.

Case in point: Next October, anti-GMO activists will conduct what they’re calling the “Monsanto Tribunal” in The Hague. . . .

. . . .And while it obviously has no official or legal standing — and certainly isn’t sanctioned by either the UN or the EU — the Tribunal’s sponsors will no doubt attempt to persuade the buying public otherwise.

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This is why the anti-GMO movement is on such shaky ground. A bill passed by the House of Representatives in July is now under consideration in the Senate; if approved, the law would prevent separate GMO labeling laws in each state. “If you try to ban the future, it will just happen someplace else,” says Jon Entine, director of Genetic Literacy Project and senior fellow at the University of California–Davis. And while the anti-GMO movement plans fake tribunals, science — and progress — marches on.

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