Yet another study has just been published that has as its premise, “If we could just get the idiot public to understand science, they would change their negative attitudes about GMO food”. The problem? As with the researchers that came before them did, the researchers in the current replication study neglected to inform study participants of TWO KEY FACTORS SURROUNDING GMO FOOD. Namely:
1-GMO foods contain significant levels of pesticides. More specifically, glyphosate–Monsanto/Bayer’s infamous Round-Up pesticides. A number of scientific studies have demonstrated that processed foods on U.S. grocery store shelves have tested positive for high levels of glyphosate–a chemical linked with numerous adverse health consequences, including cancer.
2-GMO foods have NEVER been safety tested. More specifically, GMOs were released on an unsuspecting public in the U.S. sans any testing for what effects they may have on fetuses in utero, newborn babies, children, adolescents, adults with compromised immune systems, adults with any number of existing health conditions such as digestive disorders, heart problems, liver problems, kidney problems, diabetes, edema, obesity, conditions that require antibiotics, and the list goes on. Nada. Nothing.
Researchers’ conclusion of their study replicating the religious organization funded ‘ignorance of science and attitudes about GMOs’ premise:
“The research team discovered that learning the underlying science led to more positive attitudes towards genetically modified foods, a greater willingness to eat them, and a lowered perception of GM foods as risky.
Their findings, argues the team, lend direct support for the deficit model of science attitudes, which — in broad terms — holds that the public’s skepticism towards science and technology is largely due to a lack of understanding, or absence of pertinent information…
Knowledge and appreciation of science — that’s the kind of information that people need to make informed decisions about products they use, and the food they eat.”
-Jonathon McPhetres, Ph.D. in psychology, University of Rochester
Oy. If you do not give a hoot about (1) the pesticide glyphosate/Round-Up presence in your food, or (2) do not care one iota that GMO foods have never been safety-tested, and you think learning more about science will help you reach new heights in your attitudes about the potential risks of putting genetically modified foods into your body and the bodies of those you love, you can read a synopsis/abstract of the replication study via the links below. And here is a link about the original study that this current study was trying to replicate.
Journal Reference: Jonathon McPhetres, Bastiaan T. Rutjens, Netta Weinstein, Jennifer A. Brisson. Modifying attitudes about modified foods: Increased knowledge leads to more positive attitudes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2019; 64: 21 Study: DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.04.012 / Overview
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