Why GMO? How many people could all the empty yards in a suburban block feed if they were put to use growing food?
The denunciation meted out to Bill Nye for bringing basic concepts from ecology into a discussion where they were highly relevant is par for the course these days.
There were no doubt celebrations last week in the boardrooms of corporations that own patents to the world’s genetically engineered crops. Proposals to label foods containing these crops–commonly called GMOs for genetically modified organisms–were defeated soundly in Colorado and barely in Oregon.
It is a staple of apologists for the chemical and fossil fuel industries to say, "We have no proof that what you are talking about is dangerous." Let me restate that in probabilistic terms: "We are highly uncertain about the harm of what you are talking about."