Shedding Light in the Darkness

Good For A Laugh


A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to GMOs has become so widespread. In “Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition,” published April 10 in Trends in Plant Science, the authors suggest that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by certain environmental groups and other opponents of GMOs.

“Negative representations of GMOs – for instance, like claims that GMOs cause diseases and contaminate the environment – tap into our feelings of disgust and this sticks to the mind,” says lead author Stefaan Blancke, a philosopher with the Ghent University Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences.

Of course the paper says nothing about the actual dangers of GMOs or the toxic impact of the pesticides employed with them.


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