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Month: May 2017

March against Monsanto Denver claimed that GM papaya kills pollinators and soil bacteria.

March Against Monsanto Denver claimed that GM papaya kills pollinators and soil bacteria.

I asked about their sources and their evidence, they asked me to do my own research.

Well, I am a biologist. I have devoted half of my life, even before I was an adult, to do my own research. I have seen all sort of ridiculous and crazy claims, and there is never evidence.

There is no research or peer reviewed papers linking GM papayas to pollinator death or to soil decay. This is simply a lie. March Against Monsanto is lying. This is not a different opinion, this is not one of those sketchy papers in marginal journals. Simply, there is no evidence, that claim is complete and utter bullshit.

I don’t know why these people have to lie to make their point. They demand transparency from others, they demand respect, yet the lie, they discriminate and they insult.

I f I am proved wrong, I will make a public apology and make a donation to an organic charity of their choice. I will record the apology and upload it to YouTube.

All I ask is hard evidence of damage to pollinators AND damage to soil bacteria by GM papaya. Peer reviewed papers will do.

This is their opportunity to shut me up, to prove I am wrong and make me pay money to a charity of their choice. The ball is in their court. Will they pass this wonderful opportunity to make me look like a moron and discredit my activism or will they ignore it because they lied?

Come on, foks! Come and teach me. Shut me up. Prove that I have no idea about what I am talking. Do it before June 1st.

Pro-science folks, feel free to share this with your closest MAM group.

 

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Lo que los actos de una persona dicen sobre el movimiento que representan. ¿Es esto lo que quieres ser?

He aprendido a manejar las calumnias, ahora, ni siquiera parpadeo, creo. Sin embargo, soy sensible con mis amigos en Venezuela. ¿Están pasando por uno de los países más infernales del mundo, y todavía tienen que ser insultados por personas privilegiadas en los países ricos? Eso es demasiado. Esa es la línea que no permito que crucen.

Mientras la mayoría de las veces utilizo los ataques contra mí como una forma de mostrar el tipo de cosas que hace el movimiento anti GMO, mi amigo Johnny comentó en un grupo cerrado donde publicaron un video en el cual se burlaban de mí. Dejó en el grupo mensajes educados pero fuertes haciendo preguntas directas y diciendo que es racista burlarse de alguien porque no habla un inglés perfecto.

Johnny no fue solamente excluído, también recibió un mensaje de David Hughes, la persona que subió el video, quien le profirió toda una serie de insultos, con un mensaje racista cargado de una muy clara homofobia (aunque Johnny es heterosexual) y también con lenguaje misógino, usando la palabra “puta” como un insulto.

Ustedes conocen muy bien mi profundo respeto por los trabajadores sexuales, y que soy gay, por lo que este mensaje realmente me cabreó.

Así que, en pocas palabras, esta persona es una muestra de en lo que el movimiento anti GMO se ha convertido en: Personas blancas privilegiadas que lanzan insultos a los pobres que no están de acuerdo con ellos.

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What a person’s acts says about the movement who represent. It is this what your want to be?

I have developed a thick skin for slander. I am so used to it by now that I don’t even blink, I think. However, I have a raw spot for my friends in Venezuela. They are already going through the one of the most hellish countries in the world, and still have to be insulted by privileged people in rich countries? That’s too much. That’s where I draw the line.

While I mostly use the attacks against me as a way to show the kind of things the anti GMO movement does, my friend Johnny actually showed up at closed group where they posted the video making fun of me. He left polite but strong messages asking questions and telling them that it was racist to make fun of someone because of their non-perfect English.

Johnny was not simply banned, but he got a message from David Hughes, the person who uploaded the video. He got called all sort of names, it was a racist message loaded with homophobic vitriol (even if Johnny is straight) and also a misogynistic message, as it used “whore” as an insult.
Those of you that know me well know my deep respect for sexual workers, and that I am gay, so this message really pissed me off.

So, in a nutshell this is what the anti GMO movement has become: Privileged white people hurling insults to poor people that don’t agree with them.

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Many anti GMO activists have no respect for minorities and while they will support american millionaires who make money scamming people, they will accuse hard working scientists from poor countries, people that makes less than USD 1000 a year, of being shills.

illustration: Elías Martínez, 2017

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Muchos activistas anti transgénicos no tienen ningún respeto por las minorías. No tienen problemas con millonarios estadounidenses que ganan dinero estafando a la gente, pero insultan a científicos de países pobres, gente que no gana ni 1000 dólares al año y los acusan de estar vendidos

Ilustración: Elías Martínez, 2017

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Does Greenpeace International really care about the environment?

I don’t think so. They have remained silent about a large ecocide in Venezuela, where Russian mining companies are destroying the rainforest in the Roraima National Park. Thousands of unique species are being killed, and not a word from Greenpeace. You check their website and there is no mention of this. Real environmental destruction is completely ignored while the theoretical and extremely unlikely risks of GMOs are exaggerated and relentlessly promoted.
They don’t care about people either, as they show when they oppose Golden Rice.

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¿Greenpeace International realmente se preocupa por al ambiente?

Creo que no. Han permanecido en silencio con respecto al gran ecocidio que está teniendo lugar en Venezuela, donde compañías rusas de minería están destruyendo la selva tropical amazónica en el Parque Nacional Roraima. Cientos de especies únicas están siendo aniquiladas, y Greenpeace no ha dicho una sola palabra. Pueden revisar su sitio web y verán que no hay mención alguna sobre esto. La destrucción ambiental es real, y está siendo completamente ignorada, mientras que los riesgos teóricos y extremadamente improbables de los OMG se exageran y se promueven implacablemente.
Ellos tampoco se preocupan por la gente, tal como lo han demostrado al oponerse al Arroz Dorado

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Global Leadership fellows: passion to improve the planet

This is a story about our program, the Cornell Alliance for Science, and our graduation night. Humbled to have this opportunity: Global Leadership fellows: passion to improve the planet

2016 Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows on graduation night.

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“Global Leadership fellows”: Pasión por mejorar el planeta

Esta es la historia sobre nuestro programa, Cornell Alliance for Science, y sobre la noche  de nuestra graduación, en noviembre del 2016. Me siento muy honrado y humildemente agradecido por haber tenido esta oportunidad:  Global Leadership fellows: passion to improve the planet

2016 Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows on graduation night.

Tanto la página del programa del programa Cornell Alliance for Science como el artículo están en inglés

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