Scientists and science reporters shouldn't be politically motivated, no.
I noticed the bulk of that piece was pesticide related.
When addressing the concerns we've raised here in our discussions, this is what they had to say:
"People who oppose GMOs often note their purported effect on the environment. They fear that genetic modifications could jump from farms to the larger natural environment, or that GMO crops suppress the natural biodiversity of an area. Perhaps most cuttingly, they note that GMOs demand a greater use of herbicides, which reduces biodiversity and makes weeds more resistant to the chemicals.
These criticisms do have a modicum of truth to them. Genetic modifications have jumped from crops to local varieties, albeit infrequently, and farmers are leaning heavily (arguably too heavily) on the same types of crops, which leaves them vulnerable to disease. A 2016 study found that farmers who raised genetically-modified soybeans used more herbicide than farmers who didn’t adopt the herbicide-resistant GM strains. Researchers admit that we still have a lot to learn about the environmental impacts of GMOs."
So, even though they almost make it sound like these are trivial issues, they admit that GMOs are behind the extensive use of herbicides, and that they don't know what impact GMOs will have when their genes spread into the environment.
Those are not issues of small or moderate concern. They are of great concern.
We can no longer be reckless regarding the environment.
And, regarding pesticides, it's a no-brainer that exposure to pesticides and other chemicals for that matter, will lesson when consuming produce that is subject to a restricted use of chemicals.
Less is better, Less is healthier. None is perfect.
While the chemical residue you may consume by eating a string bean may not cause you to grow an extra head, there is a cumulative effect from all the chemicals we're exposed to.
A little of this won't hurt. A little of that won't hurt. But put them all together and you have a toxic cocktail.
In my view, to knowingly consume toxic chemicals in any amount, when and if there are alternatives, is foolish.
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