Count on The Guardian to print what should be the obvious - but is evidently something that a whole lot of people miss, judging from the growth in the "detox" industry. Those folks are just today's version of snake-oil peddlers.
And in contrast to the anti-GMO propagandists, people attending an event in New York City Wednesday night appear capable of rational thought:
Last night, about 450 people packed into New York City's Kaufman Center to hear a genetics professor and Monsanto's chief technology officer debate against researchers who are against the use of any genetic engineering technology. Among the audience members were writers for environmental magazines, a well-known biologist who had invented major genetic techniques, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. It was a sold-out show.
At this debate, and others put on by host Intelligence Squared U.S., the most fun part is that before the debate, and again after, audience members vote whether they're for or against the debate topic. Whichever side gains the most support wins. This time, one side had an unusually large win.
Before the debate, 30 percent of the audience said they were against genetically engineering crops, 32 percent said they were for it, and 38 percent were undecided. In the end, 31 percent were against—and 60 percent were for, a gain of 28 percentage points. The average wining margin in the last ten Intelligence Squared U.S. debates was around 18 percentage points.
Obviously, if you're agin GMO, you're gonna be agin 'em, and ain't nothing gonna change your mind. But you don't exactly wow the undecideds.
Speaking of indecision (and much to the dismay of the animal "rights" crowd) a new study by a "rights" group uncovered a startling detail: 84% of vegetarians resume eating meat.
Evidently, those photos of models sitting smugly next to piles of lettuce and radishes only take you so far.
“It’s obviously a negative for animals,” Che Green, executive director of the Humane Research Council, tells the Daily News.
The meaty stats come from the first comprehensive study of current and former vegetarians and vegans conducted by Green’s group and Harris Interactive.
They seem to go for two to four years, on average, before falling off the turnip truck.