One of the most common techniques used by anti-biotech campaigners on the Web is the circulation of “Top 10” type lists, which purport to “unmask” the biotech industry and top scientists and regulators for churning out lies about genetically modified (GM) foods that will lead to the destruction of the global food supply.
The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) put the search terms “myths about GM foods” in Google and came up with more than 1.6 million entries and thousands of articles with titles like “10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods.” It is a compilation of the most egregious (and easily debunked) claims by advocacy groups.
To inject reason and logic into the debate, GLP is launching a new project. The Genetic Literacy Project will release occasional infographics to represent what the science says about crop biotechnology.
The first infographic—10 Reasons We Need Biotech Foods and Crops—is included in the GLP Weekly Newsletter, and is also available on the GLP website. It comes complete with source links to international foundations, research organizations, major science journals and leading newspapers.
Agricultural and human biotechnology are reshaping farming, food and medicine. The GLP explores the intersection of DNA research, media and policy to disentangle science from ideology. The Genetic Literacy Project is a non-profit organization funded by grants from non-partisan foundations. GLP also accepts donations from individuals. GLP does not accept funding from any industry or corporation. The GLP is affiliated with the non-profit Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) based at George Mason University in Virginia, which supplies administrative support for the GLP, and with the Center for Health & Risk Communication at GMU.