Today’s Young Voices Podcast features Young Voices Executive Director Casey Given and YV Advocate Andrew Wilford on the forthcoming release of GMO apples in select stores in the Midwest. Could the relative lack of outrage regarding these apples mean Americans are finally accepting the scientific consensus on GMOs?
On August 5, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration approved field trials on genetically modified mosquitoes that could help fight the growing pandemic caused by Zika virus. Despite progress, the road forward could be halted; like so many useful genetically modified products before, solutions to the Zika crisis could be rendered dead in the water by anti-GMO activists and environmentalists.
These GMO mosquitoes have been developed by Oxitec and will be released in Key Haven, Florida to see if they suppress the local mosquito population. The FDA has stated that the proposed field trial will not have significant impacts on the ecosystem and Oxitec is responsible for all requirements to be met. These GMO mosquitoes are not available for commercial use and strictly used for trials.
The world is ending. We’re running out of natural resources, the population is growing, and someday we won’t be able to feed all those people. Genetically modified frankenfoods are causing nightmares of all sorts, and the climate change we’re creating will lead to a global meltdown. Or at least that’s what many want you to believe.
But not Ronald Bailey. The Reason magazine science correspondent offers a full-throated retort to these “doomsters” in his excellent new book The End of Doom, seeking to dispel a wide range of apocalyptic notions.
Much of the book follows up on arguments made by economist Julian Simon. Those who have read the the man’s work will appreciate this worthwhile update to many of the points Simon made famous decades ago.
The book kicks off with a rebuttal to the doom-saying Neo-Malthusians, those who feel the planet simply cannot feed the world’s current or future population. Bailey makes clear that humans are not like other creatures. When faced with food shortage, we have the ability to innovate to increase yields and feed a population well beyond some calculated “carrying capacity” for the natural environment.
Read the full review of The End of Doom at the PanAm Post.
Editor Casey Given was published by TheBlaze on antiscientism, both on the left and right side of the political spectrum.
It’s no secret that conservatives have been stereotyped as being anti-science for years, and, like all stereotypes, there’s a grain of truth.
Nine decades after the Scopes Trial, public schools in Republican-controlled Louisiana and Tennessee teach creationism alongside evolution as if the two are equally valid theories. Despite a clear scientific consensus, one recent Pew poll found that only 46 percent of Republicans believe that there’s “solid evidence the earth is warming.”
Yet, antiscientism sees no party lines. While it’s certainly true that many conservatives need to hit the books on their basic biology, several popular liberal stances are just as factually ignorant. Here’s a list of three: