Google News told me of a new scientific report. Apparently transgenic crops were linked to gluten disorders plaguing 18 million Americans!
Holy cats! That must be one heck of a research report! To demonstrate causality on that level must have taken years!
Bold headline, but no data, no evidence.
Where's the Beef, Jeff?
I could not believe what I was reading. First of all, I don't see the connection. Gluten is primarily a modern wheat protein and there is no GM wheat. But that never stops a sensational piece of dung from pushing forward.
It is the usual junk. "Bt 'punches holes' in human cells", and other such nonsense is all followed by, "the report says."
The report? What report? There is no science report. There are no data. The only thing here is a "report" meaning a press release, from the Institute for Responsible Technology the IRT. The IRT is Jeffrey Smith's organization, an "institute" to add some cred to the fact that he's a guy with no scientific training that makes scientific statements that are from the moon. Of course, the IRT would not steer anyone wrong.
The "report" is all opinion. It is a synthesis of half-truths cleverly interspersed with "may" and other wishy washy language that compels the unthinking. There is the usual confusion of correlation and causality, blaming the rise in celiac disease with the propagation of GM corn.
He interviews Dr. Tom O'Bryan, a Chiropractor that does a lot of talking about gluten sensitivity. Until this note with Smith, I can't find anywhere where he notes anything to do with transgenics. Glad he's hitched his cart to Smith.
The whole article is just a mess and is scientifically bankrupt. However, certainly the careful filters of the anti-GM world will find this misreporting problematic and call on Smith to stop propagating nonsense. Right?
Punch "gluten" and "GMO" into a search engine and watch it populate with hundreds of websites propagating the deception. Go to a few and look at the "likes" on Facebook and in social media.
I guess that link must be real. Look at all the places that explain the concrete link between GMO and gluten sensitivity! The 3rd one down says "New Study Links..." Study? You mean somebody's opinion?
Do you people believe EVERYTHING?
I've always wondered what made Smith tick. Some people that met him did not enjoy the experience, yet others note him as a perfect gentleman that has flaky ideas but is certainly personable. I spoke to him once and I think its clear he's not sending me an Edible Arrangement anytime soon. Honestly, I couldn't wait to meet him at the CATO Institute debate and was hoping we'd do a little bar hopping and maybe sushi the night before, but alas he cancelled.
I was curious, does he really believe this stuff, or if I gave him enough strawberry daiquiris would he spill the beans? Does he know he's peddling garbage and manipulating people, or is he just a Dunning/Kruger case that has no idea he's wrong?
After this note above, it is clear. He's not only purposefully deceiving people, he's becoming a master of misinformation propagation. All you need to do is get one half-cocked news organization like "Russia Today" to carry your nonsense and it spreads through the filter-less, no-resistance anti-GM media like wildfire.
So big points to Smith for being a cunning, devious and maybe clever master of his deceptive craft.
What this does show is how non-critical the anti-GM movement really is. They don't even bother to ask for data to support the points they propagate. They just line up and repeat what Fairfield's master of deception tells them to parrot. We don't need no stinkin' data. That just makes things difficult to explain.