Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to food

By Mike Barnett

A recent post on Facebook explains a lot about the confusion over food.

It’s called ignorance.

Ignorance is not the same as stupidity. People generally are not stupid. But a whole lot of them have a lack of knowledge or information. That’s called ignorance.

This was displayed on a video segment  posted about GMOs on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night television show. In that segment, Kimmel asked people on the street if they wanted GMOs in their food. Then he asked them if they knew what GMO stood for.

Almost all of those interviewed were vehemently opposed to having GMOs in their food. But asked what GMOs were and what the acronym GMO stood for, most of them didn’t have a clue.

Folks, ignorance is not bliss. It’s dangerous.

Study after study shows GMOs are safe. Yet people are scared of them. That has implications with lawmakers, the ballot box and the way the world is fed in the future.

Consumers have strong opinions about GMOs. I wish those opinions were based on strong science.

The activists have done a much better job attacking GMOs than agriculture has explaining them.

We need to step up our game.

Mike Barnett

Director of Publications
Texas Farm Bureau
I’m a firm believer that farmers and ranchers will continue to meet the needs of a growing world population by employing equal measures of common sense, conservation and technology.
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One Response to “Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to food”

  1. “The activist have done a much better job… We need to step up our game.”

    Actually it is Monsanto that needs to step up their game. They can afford the high class PR needed to reverse public opinion.

    I pay Monsanto some pretty heavy tech fees, as well as signing their completely overbearing technology agreement for the privilege of planting their GMO seed, not to mention the exorbitant prices.

    Therefore it is my opinion that it is up to them to fight that battle. Strangely, they seem to have no clue as to how to go about furnishing those of us who are willing to engage GMO detractors with new, plausible, easily understood data. I assume their gmoanswers.com website was a flop, since I never see it mentioned anywhere.

    I would be curious to learn what their profit was on their GMO seed product division. Perhaps you missed the info on their release of a new “Organic Ready” product? Don’t beat your head against the wall, Mr Barnett. Monsanto seems to be in the process of conceding the GMO fight.

    Replies are still trickling into my inbox, from a comment I made questioning the integrity of a pseudo-journalist’s piece relating to her blatantly fearmongering article whipping up opposition to Monsanto’s yet to be approved new Enlist Duo herbicide combo of Roundup and 2, 4-D.

    As you lamented the ignorance is profound, and persistent, proving that a certain segment of the populace is addicted to their Henny Penny fairy tale, despite the science. But then I never understood why some people like horror movies.

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