(Health Secrets) Many of today’s young adults grew up watching him on public access television. But Bill Nye “the Science Guy” has taken an unfortunate turn for the worse as it pertains to his position on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), degenerating rather suddenly from an honest position of concern about their impacts on the ecosystem to open acceptance of this disproven technology.
According to reports, Nye had several run-ins with the priests of the GMO religion since the publishing of his book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, which contains some valid (though lightweight) criticisms and concerns about genetic engineering. Many in the health movement were grateful for Nye’s earlier position emphasizing that the long-term effects of GMOs are still largely unknown.
In a video clip from his show The Eyes of Nye, Nye speaks to the issue of GMOs altering entire ecosystems, including their potential to kill off entire species such as butterflies and bats, both of which are necessary for crop pollination:
“Let’s say we genetically-modify this corn so that when insects eat it, they die,” states Nye hypothetically, as he stands in a corn field. “Then the wind blows some of the pollen from that corn over here to these weeds, well, they’re really wildflowers. And there are butterflies that rely on these flowers, and they eat some of that pollen, and all the butterflies die.
“So there’s a whole summer without very many butterflies, and these are the rare butterflies that fly at night, so the bats that would normally feed on those butterflies can’t get enough to eat for a whole summer. So you don’t have nearly as much success at making bat babies, so that next summer there aren’t nearly as many bats around to eat the mosquitoes.”
And on and on it goes, explains Nye, as the unintended consequences of genetic alterations engage like falling dominoes, ravaging an entire ecosystem and causing irreversible damage. This is the dire situation the world faces with this mass genetic engineering experiment, and it’s something that many of those responsible for forming food and agriculture policy are willfully ignoring.
Bill Nye falls victim to GMO cult, claiming he’s now in “in love” with GMOs after consulting with Monsanto
/Bill Nye isn’t correct about everything, of course. Like many other scientists, he confuses (perhaps unintentionally) hybridization, or cross-breeding, which has been taking place for many centuries on plants within the same species, with the relatively new concept of implanting foreign genes into unrelated organisms, or what we would refer to as genetic engineering.
Even so, he raised some important questions about the unintended, long-term consequences of these short-sighted plant engineering endeavors that few within the field have been brave enough to address. But it appears as though the system finally got to him, as he is omitting concerns about GMOs from the second edition of his book.
According to Patheos.com, Nye “spent time with scientists in the field and revised his views” on GMOs. Afterward, he said he was very excited about revising the chapter (on GMO safety) and telling people about his new view saying, “when you’re in love you want to tell the world.”
During a recent backstage interview with Real Time‘s Bill Maher, a seemingly sheepish Bill Nye explained how his change of heart on the GMO issue occurred after he consulted with Monsanto scientists, who apparently convinced him that GMOs are completely safe; are substantially equivalent to non-GMOs (except as it concerns those convenient GMO patents that rake in the big bucks); and in no way threaten the ecosystems of the world as Nye previously believed.
“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,” Nye is quoted as saying.
In the foreword to public interest lawyer Steven Druker’s new book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, leading primate expert and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall tells a much different story about GMOs — one that isn’t tainted by Monsanto influence and propaganda. So you can put your trust in Bill Nye’s new position on GMOs, which was admittedly inspired by the biotech industry rather than formidable science, or you can consider the mounds of independent research that raises serious questions about GMO safety.
“[F]rom the outset many qualified scientists expressed concerns about the safety of the new crops (GMOs) for both the environment and human and animal health,” writes Dr. Goodall. “[The] very real difference between GE plants and their conventional counterparts is one of the basic truths that biotech proponents have endeavored to obscure.”
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