by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
January 24, 2011
Watch out for the word "unscientific" in
propaganda that's pushing GMOs, pesticides or other dangerous
chemicals onto our world.
In a joint letter to USDA Secretary
Tom Vilsack, three Republican members of Congress (Rep. Frank
Lucas, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Pat Roberts) attempted to spin
GMOs as being "scientific."
They urged the USDA to,
"return to a science based
regulatory system" and claimed that "science strongly supports
the safety of GE alfalfa."
The implication, of course, is that
anyone who opposes GMOs is "unscientific" (and therefore stupid).
The letter further implies that any USDA opposition to GMOs is
purely political in nature and not based on science.
Apparently the cabal of GMO pseudoscientists have forgotten
one of the most important principles of science:
The Precautionary Principle which
states that when dealing with large-scale unknowns (such as
modifying the genetic code of the world's food crops), it is
wise to err on the side of caution.
This effort to characterize GMO opposition as "unscientific" is just
the latest outlandish spin campaign that attempts to reframe the
entire GMO debate as "scientific versus unscientific."
You're either in favor of GMOs, the
twisted logic goes, or you're against science! In reality, it's not
actually science that's behind GMOs but rather corporate greed,
public relations, lobbying and the financial influence of members of
Today, Frank Lucas, Saxby
Chambliss and Pat Roberts all effectively painted signs
on their foreheads that read, "GMO sellout."
phrase: "Unscientific restrictions"
This isn't the first effort to frame the GMO battle as a defense of
science, of course.
The phrase "unscientific restrictions"
has cropped up in the GMO debate throughout the EU, where anyone who
opposes GMOs - even for perfectly rational reasons - is immediately
NaturalNews broke the story about how
GMOs were being forced into
European nations by the U.S. ambassador to France who plotted with
other U.S. officials to create a "retaliatory target list" of anyone
who tried to regulate GMOs.
Astonishingly, virtually the entire mainstream media has still
failed to report this groundbreaking story, which just goes to tell
you how deeply in bed the media is with corporate interests. (Since
when did the media not cover a
restrictions would be a "dangerous precedent"
Continuing with the "science" gobbledygook, another letter
put together by a group of seven Big Ag monoculture crop giants
Agriculture regulators would set a
"dangerous precedent" by imposing unscientific restrictions on
alfalfa growers who plant genetically modified seed, harming
farmers using other biotechnology-based crops.
There's that term again: "Unscientific
This is the GMO industry's carefully-crafted spin phrase to try to
hammer away at any policy that attempts to protect natural crops
from GMO contamination. It also serves to halt any real debate over
Rather than engaging in an
intellectually-founded discussion of the potential risk factors
GMOs, the GMO camp simply shouts,
"Unscientific!" and demands that the debate be halted.
This is the playground equivalent to saying,
"Everything you say bounces off of
me and stick on you. Nah nah nah!"
It's actually the same tactic used by
the vaccine industry.
Any attempt to reasonably question the
safety or efficacy of seasonal flu vaccines is immediately and
savagely branded "unscientific" before any real debate can take
place at all.
of "science" admits intellectual weakness
This is the tactic, of course, of the intellectually inferior who
have no solid science to back up their intellectual playground
Rather than debating on the merits of
good science, they seek to stifle discussion by accusing their
opponents of questioning all science. It is, of course, a fallacious
argument, and it only makes the so-called "scientists" appear to
look even more like desperate zealots pushing their own particular
That's what the pro-GMO position is, of course:
A zealot-infused dogma
backed by lots and lots of dollars but absolutely no
And yet, GMO zealots continue to argue
as if they have scientific truths on their side.
astonishing spin letter you will ever read
Take a look at this
astonishing letter from Big Agro
giants which literally claims that any regulation of GMOs would,
"...undermine the public's trust in
the integrity of the scientific process that the president
directed all executive branch agencies to uphold."
The letter goes on to say that
"coexistence" (of GMOs and non-GMO crops) would "set a dangerous
precedent" and that all the following regulations and restrictions
on GE crops are entirely unacceptable:
"Isolation distances, geographic
planting restrictions, limitations on harvest periods and
equipment usage, seed bag labeling, seed coloration, and the
listing of seed production field locations on a national data
This same letter even boldly insists
that regulating GMOs would harm America's international
"If USDA moves forward with
injecting non-science-based criteria into the regulatory process
it will undermine our international trade efforts," it claims.
That letter, in fact, is one of the
most grotesque examples of pseudoscientific linguistic contortionism
I've ever seen.
The author of the letter, whoever he may
be, is an intellectually dishonest individual who is knowingly
bastardizing the use of the word "science" to try to hide the real
agenda of corporate domination over the world's food crops.
The whole point of the letter, by the way, is to request that
genetically engineered alfalfa be exempted from regulation by the
federal government. This particular pesticide-ready alfalfa is
designed to withstand exposure to Roundup.
Care to guess
which corporation is likely behind
this particular bit of nefarious deception?
What the letter essentially states is:
that GE alfalfa seed bags need
not be labeled as such
that GE seeds can be the same
color as non-GE seeds (so that farmers can't tell them
that GE alfalfa can be planted
right next to non-GE alfalfa crops (where DNA
cross-contamination will obviously occur)
that the location of GE alfalfa
fields should remain a secret
All this has been hidden underneath the
veil of "science."
"Science," you see, is no longer what it once was. In fact, the
abandonment of ethics and honesty by those who invoke the term is
now so severe that the entire scientific community is seeing its
reputation erode by the day.
That brings me to the second part of this article, called "The
downfall of science and the rise of intellectual tyranny."