I told him that there were no associations other than correlations, and asked that he point me to any evidence to the contrary. His scientific evidence was this TED talk by Robyn O'Brien:
A passionate plea from a concerned mother-- based on her feelings, not facts. C'mon TED. Let's not keep our minds so open that our brains fall out.
As you watch this video note:
1. She does not know the difference between correlation and causation.
2. You can't prove something safe, you can only show evidence of harm.
3. She's right about cancer rates, but she's reaching for a correlation.
4. She's lying (or ignorant) about no studies. It takes years of studies and millions of dollars to develop these plants -FDA, EPA, etc.
5. Farmers always had to pay for high performance seeds, and have done so for 100 years. Farmers still pay to grow many high-performance plants that are not GM.
6. Now she ties in health care costs. Non sequitur.
Sad for a TED talk. It is her uninformed opinion, and the audience just ate it up. She didn't show one piece of data to tie food to any of the problems stated, it was just what she thought.
And, she said that peanut allergies are up massively... yet there are no GMO peanuts. Hmmm. Forgot about that one. How convenient.
These are the most dangerous people- the Oprahs, the Hitlers of the world. Compelling, seemingly informed, emotionally appealing against a conspiratorial enemy, peddling dangerous disinformation.
If we follow this level of evidence we'll be teaching biblical creation as science in schools, fearing food, unvaccinated and suffering from preventable disease, on a colder 6000 year old flat planet in the middle of the universe, with a moon we never landed on and a president with no birth certificate.
Either we base our decisions on facts and science-- or what we think. I'll take facts, every time.
But the world around us falls victim to credulity, believing feel good stories from persuasive speakers, without any evidence to base their newfound fears.