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Neil deGrasse Tyson – scientist, astrophysicist, author, science communicator and host of the television series “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” (2014) – known for defending climate science and the science of evolution, in a video recently posted on YouTube takes a strong stand on another hot-button scientific topic: Genetically modified foods and organisms.
Neil deGrasse Tyson answers a question posed in French about “des plantes transgenetiques” — responding with one of his characteristic, slowly-building rants.
“Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food,” asserts Tyson. “There are no wild, seedless watermelons. There’s no wild cows…You list all the fruit, and all the vegetables, and ask yourself, is there a wild counterpart to this? If there is, it’s not as large, it’s not as sweet, it’s not as juicy, and it has way more seeds in it. We have systematically genetically modified all the foods, the vegetables and animals that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them. It’s called artificial selection.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
In fairness, critics of GM foods make a variety of arguments that go beyond the simple question of whether the foods we eat were modified prior to the onset of modern biotechnology. They also draw a distinction between modifying plants and animals through traditional breeding and genetic modification that requires the use of biotechnology, and involves techniques such as inserting genes from different species. – Chris Mooney