Good news, everyone!
Your fear of genetically modified foods is more or less unwarranted, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
"Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food," Tyson said in a video uploaded recently to YouTube.
His remarks were made in response to a question about “des plantes transgenetiques,” according to Mother Jones.
"There are no wild, seedless watermelons. There's no wild cows. ...You list all the fruit, and all the vegetables, and ask yourself, is there a wild counterpart to this? If there is, it's not as large, it's not as sweet, it's not as juicy, and it has way more seeds in it,” he added. “We have systematically genetically modified all the foods, the vegetables and animals that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them. It's called artificial selection.”
This is where we get to have a spot of fun. See, Tyson has in recent years become the left’s go-to guy on a number of scientific issues, including climate change. So this apparent act of GMO apostasy may come as a bit of a heartbreak to greenies on the far left.
Of course, as Mother Jones notes, anti-GMO complaints extend beyond simple modifications of food, meaning the scientist's deviation from green hardliners may not be all that scandalous.
“[C]ritics of GM foods make a variety of arguments that go beyond the simple question of whether the foods we eat were modified prior to the onset of modern biotechnology,” MoJo notes. “They also draw a distinction between modifying plants and animals through traditional breeding and genetic modification that requires the use of biotechnology, and involves techniques such as inserting genes from different species.”
Tyson doesn’t quite address these issues in the above video.
Still, at a time when acts of ideological impurity are met with wild-eyed, spittle-flecked shrieks of “Burn the heretic!” it’ll be interesting to see if Tyson gets a pass for his GMO tut-tutting.