Why Bill Nye Changed His Mind on GMOs | RealClearScience
“… early last year, in a very public about-face, Bill Nye changed his mind on GMOs.
"I went to Monsanto and I spent a lot of time with the scientists there and I have revised my outlook and I’m very excited about telling the world,” he said backstage on Real Time with Bill Maher.
GMO opponents were quick to denounce him.
“Sadly, it appears that Bill Nye has gone to the dark side,” Jennifer Lilley lamented for the conspiracy-oriented Natural News, under the ridiculous headline “Monsanto propaganda scientists brainwash Bill Nye into changing position on GMOs.”
But it wasn’t brainwashing that made Bill Nye change his mind. As he explained in his 2015 book Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, it was a healthy dose of evidence, coupled with an abrupt awakening to the unscientific nature of the anti-GMO movement.
“Recently, I mingled in the crowd at a political rally in New York City. The theme was anti-GMO,” he wrote. “I can tell you that it’s not the big corporations that scare me. It’s these people at the rally.”
By and large, the protesters adopted a conspiratorial mindset, he noticed. The ever enthusiastic Science Guy was unnerved. “I’m all for raising legitimate questions, but these people seemed to be woefully uninformed and obsessed with finding a scapegoat for what they perceive as society’s ills,” he wrote.
He contrasted his experience at the rally with his visits to Monsanto Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri and the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University. At both locations, he met scientists who, like him, aim to use science to change the world for the better….“