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21 Jul, 8 tweets, 7 min read
New York Times Magazine publishes false and misleading statements in pro-GMO fairytale… And the resurrected #GMO purple tomato takes centre stage
To conjure up its fairytale @NYTmag ignores much of the reality of GMO crops. As @Nathan_Donley notes, there's only passing mention of #Monsanto et al & the destruction caused by their herbicide-promoting GMO crops, grown on hundreds of millions of acres—never mind seed patenting
@NYTmag @Nathan_Donley .@NYTmag also makes no mention of #dicamba-tolerant GMO crops. "How can you have a serious discussion about genetic engineering and ignore the livelihoods and habitats that have been irreversibly destroyed throughout the Midwest and South in the last 5 years?" asks @Nathan_Donley
@NYTmag @Nathan_Donley Donley’s other example of a glaring omission is "glyphosate-resistant bentgrass that ‘escaped’ from field trials and is infesting riverbanks and irrigation canals on the Oregon/Idaho border with a zero percent chance of ever being contained, threatening the Oregon seed industry."
@NYTmag @Nathan_Donley FALSEHOOD: @NYTmag claims flood-tolerant "scuba rice" is a successful GMO that, it says, has led green groups to back away from opposing GMOs.

FACT: Flood-tolerant "scuba rice" is NOT a GMO! And @Greenpeace have cited it as an example of why we don’t need GM crops at all.
@NYTmag @Nathan_Donley @Greenpeace FALSE: @NYTmag follows pro-GMO lobbyist Mark Lynas in blaming anti-GMO activists for the failure of GMO golden rice.

FACT: A study led by @glenndavisstone has debunked this idea. They found it was basic research & development problems that had plagued this lacklustre #GMO crop.
FALSE: @NYTmag cites pro-GMO scientists as claiming gene editing is so precise that it allows you to target only the gene you want.

FACT: Many scientific papers show that this is nonsense. Gene editing isn't precise but results in many unintended changes
@NYTmag GMO purple tomatoes are to be offered to US home gardeners from next spring. Yet this GMO hasn't been tested for food safety and tomato seeds are easily released into the wider environment. If gardeners want to grow high anthocyanin foods they can grow blackberries & blueberries.

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