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Bill Nye Explains Why He Changed His Mind About GMOs

Bill Nye made waves last March when he changed his views on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) following a visit with Monsanto. Previously he had expressed major concerns about the safety of GMOs. 

For how Bill Nye feels about extraterrestrial life watch the full interview here. 

Venom Movie Rant

With the announcement today that the upcoming Venom movie starring Tom Hardy will depict the origin of the Venom Symbiote as being a GMO food, I can’t help but feel this direction is both inaccurate to the comics and an affront to genetically modified foods, which are not only healthy but critical in solving starvation around the world.

In the comics, the Symbiote is a living alien outfit from Battleworld granted to Spider-Man, which later bonds to Eddie Brock, a disgraced journalist. Together, the two form Venom, a popular arch-villain for Spider-Man. But Sony spokesperson MacDonald Gargan stated today, “Not only is Spider-Man in use by Marvel right now, but the Battleworld plotline would take years to establish. So we had to get creative. Sam Raimi had the creature fall from space. We wanted a more topical, earthbound idea. In our universe, Venom is the result of genetically modified foods, specifically of blackberries. Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock will dump a few of these blackberries on his morning cereal, and the rest is history.”

GMO industrial representative Ann Weying suggests that this approach is slanderous, “Genetically modified foods are critical. Without genetic modification, many of the foods you eat would be toxic, flavorless, or just plain tiny. We have modified rice to grow in harsher climates, saving millions of lives. We have modified corn from an inedible stalk to a healthy staple of the American diet, and we have modified the common ladybug into the delicious fruit that we call the apple.” This writer agrees on all counts. Not only is the concept for Venom creatively obtuse, but harmful to GMO reputations much as Jaws was to sharks.

Venom movie director Angelo Fortunato feels that the controversy is not justified and that other features of the movie will make the decision clear. Said Fortunato, “It may sound weird at first, but once you hear Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of Venom, you’ll see how his origins inform the character. This will all make Venom a formidable opponent for the true villain of our film, Carnage, a badass strawberry-spawn voiced by Elijah Wood.

“We don’t want [Monsanto’s] seed. We don’t want their gene-spliced technology. We don’t want to have to defend ourselves from aggressive assertions of patent infringement because Monsanto refuses to keep their pollution on their side of the fence.”
- Jim Gerritsen

“A farmer from Harlan, Iowa, had sows with pseudo pregnancies. They seemed to be pregnant, but when they delivered, there was only a sack of water, afterbirth, and no pigs. The Farm Bureau Spokesman wrote about this farmer’s travails and he got calls from other farmers saying they were having the same problem. Interestingly, they were all using the same BT corn. Iowa State University claimed not to find any connection between the BT corn and fertility, but when the farmers stopped using that form of BT corn and switched to conventional corn, the problem disappeared. ”

Much of the food we eat today contains genetically modified ingredients, created by big biotech companies like Monsanto. The long-term effects of such “Frankenfood” on our health are unknown. The agribusiness firms control not only the marketing of these dubious products but most of the research concerning their effects on our health and environment. Our freedom to choose organically grown natural foods is becoming increasingly difficult to exercise. The FDA failed to require safety testing of GM foods, and has refused to impose mandatory labeling, thereby preventing consumers from knowing what foods are potentially unsafe biotech products.

The irony is that this costly research is not needed. Farmers in developing countries are already growing crop varieties with most of the traits, such as drought tolerance and insect resistance, that gene engineers are dreaming of. Farmers in most regions of the world can produce plenty to feed their own communities and cities. Genetic modification is an expensive, profit-driven solution looking for a problem. So are the notorious “terminator seeds,” which raise barren crops, thereby preventing farmers from planting anew with seeds from their own crops. Instead the farmers have to buy a new supply of GM terminator seeds every year, creating more dependency and expense for themselves but bigger profits for Monsanto and other firms. The resulting genetic uniformity wipes out natural diversity, making crops still more vulnerable to disease and pests. This increases the need for pesticides and herbicides beyond what is used on conventional crops. These pesticides are manufactured by Monsanto and other companies that also make the terminator seeds.

—  Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few

Check out what I found while skinning a bag of potatoes at the Fry Shop!  Does this studly spud remind you of anyone?

Maybe a certain blogger?

It’s me!  It looks just like me!

I’m sure the boys in the White House Science Lab would have you believe this agricultural abnormality is nothing to worry about, but my tater twin here is no doubt part of a plan to replace all of mankind with high carb clones!  Who could be behind such a ssssinister ssscheme?  The answer lies in all those extra s’s!  Ssssssee you next time, Weirdateers!

“The genetic modification of food is intrinsically dangerous. It involves
making irreversible changes in a random manner to a complex level of life
about which little is known. It is inevitable that this hit-and-miss
approach will lead to disasters. It must disrupt the natural intelligence
of the plant or animal to which it is applied, and lead to health-damaging
side-effects.”

- Dr. Geoffrey Clements, leader of the Natural Law Party, UK.

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Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s son, tweeted these on his verified account.

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