GMOs: The Biggest Mistake Scientists Made
As biologists, we failed to properly educate the public about genetically modified organisms. So when the seeds of doubt were introduced, they were more powerful than the strong scientific arguments that support GMOs.
Years ago, I had the honor of teaching hundreds of first-year biology university students when I was getting my Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of Alberta, in Canada. They were eager to learn and put a lot of their trust in what I had to tell them, so I felt an enormous responsibility to teach them the most recent and best available science.
But, naturally, my students sometimes doubted what they learned at school and, like many others, would consult additional sources to learn further. But what happens when these sources are inaccurate, lacking complete knowledge or unbiased language? What happens when we hear someone we trust, like a famous basketball player, say things like “the Earth is flat”? What happens when we don’t have enough basis to distinguish between real and false statements?
It’s precisely these times when it’s most important to trust scientists and educators.
Now, although a bit late, scientists are trying to educate people about the basic scientific concepts that will demystify many consumer concerns. Science supports GMOs from every angle. With a deeper scientific understanding, it becomes apparent that the creation of a GMO is a simple process.
With this understanding, you’ll have the ability to distinguish between GMO information that is accurate and inaccurate.
Find an opportunity to learn about the science of modern agriculture. This will give your family the knowledge to make the most informed decisions, and much more.
My love for education stems from my mother who is a school teacher. I hope teaching your kids to dig deeper and look beyond headlines helps them find the same love of learning. My mom’s experience helped me understand the importance education plays in the future of every kid, and more importantly, our society. That is quite a gift and an important one for each kid and community.
David Pinzon grew up in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Canada in 2009 with his wife to study a PhD at the University of Alberta. They had their first child 6 months ago. “It is a constant learning to find out what’s the best for her, that’s why being able to share my experience with other parents is gratifying.” David dedicated 12 years of his life to become a scientist, no one taught him to be a dad, other than the example of his parents, with these many challenges and new opportunities to learn came up, with the priority to do the best for his daughter. “Now I have the pleasure to see the huge amount of scientific support needed to prove GMOs and pesticides are safe for humans and the environment, so I can take decisions and pass along my knowledge to hose that are eager to learn.