UK Gov. Plans to Win Hearts & Minds for GMO Farming

Get ready, UK residents: Your government wants you to take a fresh look at GMO farming:

via New Scientist GM-Tomato, GMO, Farming

Shifting opinions on genetically modified crops in Europe will require more than government-led conversation, says policy communication researcher Matthew Nisbet

In a carefully crafted speech, UK environment minister Owen Paterson announced that the government would be leading “a more informed discussion” on genetically modified (GM) crops and that he was “conscious of the views of those who have concerns and who need reassurance on this matter”.

His remarks signal that the UK wants to build support for GM crops despite there being an effective moratorium on their use in Europe. But no matter how well framed the messages might be from political leaders, other engagement strategies and voices are needed if it is to succeed.

A recent British Science Association survey suggests that when prompted to consider the benefits to human health and the environment, a strong majority of the British public are supportive of GM crops. But when asked more generally, roughly 40 per cent remain uncertain about risks and benefits. There also remains strong scepticism from about 1 in 10 people. Across Europe opposition is even stronger.

Ambivalence and entrenched scepticism do not stem from scientific ignorance; but from differences in values and world views. Opponents of GM crops often espouse idealised visions of nature and farming, voice concerns over changes to cultural practices and traditions, and are deeply suspicious of the food biotech industry.

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  • Simon Valentine

    fascinating.

    knew it would happen, did not expect it as knews from the UK.

    • BuzzCoastin

      the UK does just about everything Uncle Homeland wants
      and Uncle Homeland wants his Monsanto GMOs everywhere

      • Simon Valentine

        sadness. one would hope for some international experimentation control groups.

        they must have them on other planets through the stargate.
        now i’ll dig the bullet out of my foot as soon as it’s out of m…

        • BuzzCoastin

          humans rarely can counter the enthusiasms
          that the new & novel engenders
          it was not uncommon in some Asian societies
          to kill the innovators of technology
          because of the disruption to society
          that new technologies cause

  • Adamas Macalz

    goddamnit…I for one support the development of GMO and vitro foods… just not the the umbrella cor… er I mean Monsanto corporation… GMO foods could do a lot of good in the world if what is being created wasn’t so influenced so much by financial interest… if this keeps up I have a feeling people’s view of GMO anything is going to be tainted and cause the whole of humanity to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

    • Andrew

      Babies are theoretical. All that truly exists is bathwater.

      • Adamas Macalz

        well no Babies exist(unless your a solipsist and then they may or may not exist) it’s just all you ever hear about is bathwater… Monsanto isn’t the only one working on GMO products and not all of those are motivated by money… the glow in the dark trees are one example(it may sound completely useless but hey if put into place it saves energy on nighttime lighting and improves air quality by, well, being trees in a city), vitro meat and schwarzenegger mice are another(the practical application being the ability to cure muscular diseases,and the possibility of superheroes in our dystopian future)

        • echar

          Maybe

    • BuzzCoastin

      if you’re an American
      70% of your store bought diet is already GMO spiced
      drink soda or energy drinks? plenty of GMO there
      all your meat is GMO corn fed

      so I think you got yer wish

      • Adamas Macalz

        No my wish is to see these technologies used for the betterment of mankind. this would include gmo foods that were cheaper and safer to produce and pose no health risk in the long term. on that note make them healthier and more flavorful than their organic counterpart… ya know what, give me a tomato that taste like bacon while you’re at it…. but what we have in the US is a pyramid scheme that give all but the top of it cancer

        • BuzzCoastin

          > gmo foods that were cheaper and safer to produce and pose no health risk in the long term

          it’s a noble thought
          but experimenting with the human genome
          by introducing unnatural, untested gene combinations
          into the human/animal food supply
          is not safe and not human

          it will take several generations
          before we know the long term effects
          but the short term effects are epidemics of
          obesity and diabetes, for sure
          and possibly a lot of other new “syndromes”

          • Adamas Macalz

            Never said it wouln’t take a while… the bottom line is gmos as they are now are a detriment to the human race, not because they are GMO’s, but because they are barely tested in any objective way and are designed for profits rather than human beings… if this keeps up GMO’s may be part of the world that gets left behind when we get our act together… that’s what i’m afraid of… I’m a techie not because I have some ipod fetish but because I see all the good technology has done and all the good it could do, but at the same time I can see why many people opt for being philosophical luddites because we literally act like troglodytes with nuclear weapons… I can understand why many people see technology as evil.

          • BuzzCoastin

            you’re not a luddite
            if you oppose messing with DNA
            and the mass distribute of the mutated result
            disguised as food

            an unbridled enthusiasm for the new & novel
            is an effect of the speed up of electric technology
            it took 5,000 years for the wheel to become ubiquitous
            it took 40 years for the Internet
            it took five years for the iPhone
            so now that wee are easily bedazzled by the new & novel
            we fail to do the due diligence
            similar to the way the wheel was tested & vetted
            and not all cultures adopted the wheel
            till very recently

          • Adamas Macalz

            I’m not a fan of the new and novel. More like improving or enriching to the human experience… like the difference between drugs that make money and drugs that work without side effects… or the difference between a new car model and technology that allows the lame to walk again…
            but as for the luddite thing… I don’t think your a luddite if you oppose untested gmo’s and Monsanto, but I do think your a luddite if you oppose the concept of GMO’s by default

          • BuzzCoastin

            if you knew more about plant biology
            more about the ecology of soil & the water cycle
            you’d understand that nature
            already has genetic manipulation programs, hybrids
            but hybrids are not anymore sustainable than GMO seeds
            but hybrids aren’t as dangerous
            nature also provides mutations that are a product
            of millions of years of eveolution

            you’d also understand that genetics of plants
            has evolved over millions of years
            and to arbitrarily insert frog genes into food
            and serve it up as a Big Mac
            is effectively pissing in the soup

          • Adamas Macalz

            Why even create GMO plants? why not just create lab grown fruit?
            certain benefits you would never find in nature though like bioluminescent plants, or plants impervious to disease and while I do think that these kind of ideas need to be tested I also see the benefit in trying to create them

          • BuzzCoastin

            > Why even create GMO plants?

            a tree is a plant, fruit is it’s seed
            how could a lab improve on millions of years of evolution
            especially by half-witted hairless chimps?

            GMO plants are not an improvement upon Nature
            they are needed to carry on industrial farming
            industrial agriculture is highly subsidized
            it is unsustainable because it relies on fossil fuels
            and chemicals derived from fossil fuels
            hence,
            Roundup Ready Corn, which soon loses it’s advantage
            as pests evolve defenses against it
            so the net effect is permanent pollution of seeds
            wth no beneficial product

            none of the GMO seeds produced are for human benefit
            they are for the benefit of corporate profits

          • Adamas Macalz

            As for round up being completely toxic i’m not entirely sure that wasn’t intended…. I mean you can’t make the same mistakes repeatedly and not expect the same thing to happen… I mean call me paranoid but Monsanto has been caught with their pants down one to many times for me not to expect they are trying to fuck the human race over

          • BuzzCoastin

            je suis d’accord

          • BuzzCoastin

            I might also add
            that every technological innovation
            is always introduced as some kinda Panacea
            that ultimately morphs into Pandora’s box
            nothing positive exists without a negative disservice
            there is no way to create a problem free technology

          • Adamas Macalz

            I understand that but you have to weigh the benefits verses the risk and to try to create a world without negative consequences isn’t idealistic, it’s moronic but we could at minimize the risk by getting our priorities strait

          • BuzzCoastin

            I’ve never ever seen this happen
            nowhere in recorded history
            has a herd of hairless chimps gotten its priorities straight
            otherwise
            we wouldn’t be having this back & forth

            Jung made a cogent point
            the collective intelligence of a collection of humans
            is equal to the lowest common denominator
            and collectively equivalent to a herd of cows

          • Adamas Macalz

            You got me there but i’m hopings humans have the capacity for self correction

          • BuzzCoastin

            in dire considerations
            where alternatives are limited
            it can happen
            but that change is easily destroyed

    • Rex Vestri

      GMO’d food, particularly grown with the herbicide RoundUp is linked to virtually every chronic health problem we now face.

      Leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, autism and
      more–a groundbreaking study shows a direct link between RoundUp
      (Glyphosate)-soaked crops and these diseases. And it all goes back to
      our gut bacteria…

      Please watch this video: http://vimeo.com/65914121
      If you can’t find time, here’s a synopsis:

      For years, Monsanto assured us that the “metabolic pathway” that
      enabled RoundUp to kill plants did not exist in the human body.
      Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT, has now
      proven that our gut bacteria does indeed contain the very same metabolic
      pathway, and it’s being targeted and killed by exposure to RoundUp /
      consuming RoundUp Ready GMO crops such as corn and soy, which is
      directly contributing to a whole host of diseases.

      Considering that RoundUp Ready crops represent the primary purpose /
      large majority of GMO crops world wide, and GMOs are reported to be in
      >70% of processed foods, this is a significant finding–even more so
      when contrasted against these specific diseases.

      • Adamas Macalz

        If you actually read my comments you would see that this is the shit I oppose… the only difference is I think gmo’s could do some good if used correctly by somebody other than Monsanto and friends

  • InfvoCuernos

    Anybody else remember that dream about how monopolies are a bad thing? It was probably just some bad food I ate.