Scientist vs Juma GMO debate

PicMonkey CollageJuma directs the Agricultural Innovation in for the and they listed the 20 lessons learned, delivered by Juma’s feed, on the 20th of January 2013.

A responded with their own lessons from the which consisted of modified  version of Juma’s tweets. GM watch published these lessons on their website.

Juma: #GMO debate: People do not resist change; they resist loss

: #GMO debate: People do not resist change; they resist EXPLOITATION.

Juma: #GMO debates are not usually about actual risks; they’re are about perception of risks.

: #GMO debates are not usually about actual BENEFITS; they’re are about PROMISE of BENEFIT.

Juma: #GMO debate: Scratch of scientific objection and you find thick bundle of socio-.

: #GMO debate: Scratch of scientific SUPPORT and you find thick bundle of .

Juma: #GMO debate: Public perceptions are often carefully constructed to add an element of outrage, whether true or false.

: #GMO debate: Public perceptions are often MANIPULATED BY to add an element of outrage, whether true or false.

Juma: #GMO debate: Experts are always outnumbered by laypersons in any society so knowledge often takes a back seat.

: #GMO debate: SCIENTISTS are always outnumbered by experts PAID FOR BY CORPORATE- in any society so knowledge often takes a back seat.

Juma: #GMO debate: When science clashes with , the latter get entrenched rather than changed.

: #GMO debate: When science clashes with (SUCH AS ECONOMIC IDEOLOGY), the latter get entrenched rather than changed. Juma: #GMO debate: The duration of a technological controversy is about 40 years, most of it away from public view.

: #GMO debate: The duration of a technological controversy is about 40 years, most of it away from BUT NOT AWAY FROM CAUSING HARM TO THE PUBLIC.

Juma: #GMO debate: There are no dumb arguments against new products and ideas, only loud ones.

: #GMO debate: There are no dumb arguments FOR PARTICULAR products and ideas, only VESTED ones.

Juma: #GMO debate: Most spokespeople are self-appointed and often unaffected by the outcomes of the debate.

: #GMO debate: Most spokespeople IN SUPPORT are self-appointed and often VESTED IN the outcomes of the debate.

Juma: #GMO debate: The preferred method is to attack individuals if there is a chance, as a proxy to debating the issue.

: #GMO debate: The preferred method is to attack individuals if there is a chance, as a proxy to debating the issue – COULDN’T HAVE DESCRIBED THE CORPORATE/POLITICAL TACTICS BETTER MYSELF.

Juma: #GMO debate: More energy is spent fighting new solutions than solving the original problem.

: #GMO debate: More energy is spent SELLING new solutions than solving the original problem.

Juma: #GMO debate: Comparison with other outlawed products or demonization is a shortcut to prohibition without trial.

: #GMO debate: Comparison with other FAILING TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPLY BENEFIT IS A WAY TO AVOID CONDUCTING A PROPER COMPARATIVE trial.

Juma: #GMO debate: Guilt by association is the commonest verdict against new products.

: #GMO debate: Guilt by ACCUSATION is the commonest verdict against SKEPTICS.

Juma: #GMO debate: Products speak louder than words.

: #GMO debate: ECONOMIC INTERESTS speak louder than SAFETY.

Juma: #GMO debate: In US products are considered safe until proven risky.

: #GMO debate: In US products are considered safe until proven HARMFUL, WHICH HAPPENS ALL TOO FREQUENTLY.

Juma: #GMO debate: In EU products are considered risky until proven safe.

: #GMO debate: In EU products are considered risky until proven safe, UNLESS BULLIED BY THE US.

Juma: #GMO debate: In much of Africa products are considered risky even if they don’t exist.

: #GMO debate: In much of Africa products are considered risky BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN SOLD OR GIVEN HARMFUL PRODUCTS IN THE PAST.

Juma: #GMO debate: Consumers and users make the ultimate decision, which presupposes existence of products not words.

: #GMO debate: CORPORATIONS BACKED BY POWERFUL GOVERNMENTS make the ultimate decision, which presupposes existence of products not FAIR MARKETS OR PROPER REGULATION.

Source

http://twitter.com/Calestous

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14594%3Aa-scientists-lessons-from-the-gmo-debate

 

 

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