Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rothamsted The event was an embarrassment for the Green Party, and a sad reminder of anti-scientific attitudes that infest both the party and the broader movement of environmental

"I came for an argument,"

previous (and future) Lib Dem MP Evan Harris told police walking around the Harpenden the last front in the war against science. Arriving at the park at Rothamsted, we find two hostile camps, divided by a vast expanse of grass. On the anti-GM-"Take Back the flour," a dozen people with trucks and implements a few scruffy camped under a tree, singing "Kumbaya" and delivery of bakery products to the police. On the anti-anti-GM a couple dozen fans tapping iPads and smartphones, while the lizard people feel cynical about science journalists with buy ice cream. UKIP MEP a - a comedy parody of the Conservative Party way hand - err and started banging on the unnecessary demonization of CO2

innocent civilians walking their dogs and Frisbees thrown into the earth no man, apparently oblivious to the danger around them lightly. Most residents in the park seemed to support GM, and bewildered by the demands of protesters who try to defend local communities, particularly given the high proportion of the rental of the hippies of the bussed from France and Bristol for the occasion. Tensions were high - a Twitter crowd might explode at any time

The anti-GM-crowd could not get something like the expected participation. Faced with a massive police presence, it is estimated that it would have taken about 2,000 people to raid fields and garbage Rothamsted wheat aphid resistant GM objected to - finally met less than a tenth of that figure. Instead, set up camp under a tree and prepared to spend an afternoon of speeches. After a while, tired of the seemingly endless supply of organic carrots Evan, who came to steal their bread and see what was happening.

is said that much of the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops is derived from the fact that "OMG" is "OMG" back. The arguments presented here are of a similar level. They crouch under a sign ("But

aphids eat?"), The first speaker I saw was a farmer, presented as the evidence that farmers do not want GM crops (other than obviously the odd 16 million to develop). He patiently explained to the hard-line environmentalists do not need GM technology for pest resistance, as,

"I have a wide variety of pesticides that can use"

, while a palm-shaped hematoma formed in the nose. Talk of 'Frankenstein

"was common, although, as


host DC Turner said on Twitter,

"' Frankenstein 'cracks me up - the monster of Frankenstein has been unfairly demonized. harassed by an ignorant, torch in hand, crowds "

Other speakers invoked to rationalize unexplained conspiracies huge support for GM research in the scientific community and policy. Why do scientists agree on something if the BBSRC, research institutions, companies and politicians were somehow all working together? Sense About Science has been criticized for its own "agenda strange libertarian Frank Furedi," and apparently orchestrated the plot to make our world reptile unsuitable for mammals and insects.

that The Geek Manifesto

author Mark Henderson said, "The whole question foods to be pro-or anti-GM is in many respects a bad one. The better question is what you reap, so the change, for what purpose, by that fact? " There are plenty of legitimate public concerns about biotechnology: I went with the glamor of James O'Malley Pod, we agreed that when he took control of the food chain, GM patents and many other issues, geeks, scientists, and the protesters were not so far.

In fact, the irony is that public trials like those at Rothamsted are vital to challenge some of the claims made by companies like Monsanto on the success of their research. Trashing the act is an evil that increases costs, making it more difficult for public research in the development, and advancing technology in the hands of companies.

most of the demonstrators were there to represent public opinion, however, or to address legitimate concerns. Do not listen to scientists: an attempt by the investigator in July Bristow to ask a right of reply has met

"We heard it all before"

after which he silenced aloud. (After leaving apparently, some people came to discuss a little more constructive, but they seem to have been very much in the minority.) The debate was not welcome in most cases, scientists have just another part of the conspiracy, and banners took positions as absolute

"nature, it is better"

- so try to say that, for victims of the plague, or n ' Anyone with wisdom teeth trial.
The events were organized to prevent the science was done by people who refused to speak with scientists repeatedly before and during the event. As Adam Rutherford said in a commentary that far surpassed the article attached to:.
"I think it is a societal problem to ensure that public discourse can take place on neutral technologies [...] In my humble opinion ... the most representatives of the opposition to GMOs are not interested in the current conversation. are viscerally opposed. "

When people are not interested in the results of science, science does not happen , and threatening acts of violence to prevent it from producing science, anti-science seems pretty clear from their attitude.

concern, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of London, Jenny Jones, was happy to come and support the protesters, even knowing that their stated purpose was to commit crimes against the institution of public research. Weasel wrote in a blog she said she did not come to "picnic on Sunday, not to destroy the crop,"

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