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Opposing GMOs is not automatically antiscientific

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The same way that livestock do not automatically degrade the environment, opposing GMOs does not automatically equate to an antiscience position. Quite frankly, the sheer number of absolutist positions on this website is beginning to drive me away.

I will admit that in the past, I was opposed to GMOs entirely, without equivocation. I even peddled my fair share of fear mongering anti-GMO memes. In the past year or so, I have moderated my position.

I no longer oppose all GMOs. I would rather see that each proposed genetically modified organism be properly assessed for its impact on our health and the environment. That said, I still oppose almost every GMO in food production or forestry.

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Because GMOs address symptoms of at best poor, but oftentimes destructive, land use practices. GMOs do not target the root causes of the symptoms. Instead, they are marketed to the general public as a wonder-tech that will somehow overcome the failures of poor management. Hundreds of millions of dollars flow into the industry, dollars that we are constantly reminded are limited in number...

My main issue with GMOs, in general, is that they represent a great diversion of resources; resources that could be spent supporting farmers and other land managers to adopt new methodologies and techniques that address underlying, fundamental challenges facing resource management.

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