Debunking Popular Myths about GM Crops Portrayed in the Media
The recent article, "Seeds of Doubt," in the August 25, 2014 issue of The New Yorker by Michael Specter echoes common myths about genetically engineered (GE) crops and omits legitimate scientific critiques of the technology. The resulting article...
September 19, 2014 | Source: Center for Food Safety | by Debbie Barker
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The New Yorker “Seeds of Doubt” Article, August 25, 2014
Scientific Review & Contributions: Bill Freese; Doug Gurian-Sherman, Ph.D; Martha Crouch, Ph.D
The recent article, “Seeds of Doubt,” in the August 25, 2014 issue of
The New Yorker by Michael Specter echoes common myths about genetically engineered (GE) crops and omits legitimate scientific critiques of the technology. The resulting article fails to deliver the high level of integrity and journalism that is expected of
The New Yorker.
Biotechnology corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and marketing each year. Monsanto, one of the leading biotech companies, spends from $87 million to $120 million annually on advertising, much of it focused on GE crop technology. The industry spends millions more on lobbying, opposing ballot initiatives to label GE foods, and further promotional activities. Such massive spending has effectively framed a favorable narrative about GE crops and foods in several major media outlets, including
The New Yorker.
The frame of this particular article presents Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., as the leader of an international movement in opposition to GE crops at the expense of science-based solutions to feed the world’s poor. However,
it is the failure of this technology– not Luddite fear mongering-that has prompted scientists, academics, policymakers, governments and regular people to question the biotech industry.