In response to the Lynas presentation, Shiva replies: (this is real, by the way)
Let me get this straight Dr. Shiva-- Use of transgenic crops in sustainable ag is the same as encouraging a violent sexual act?
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I am so blown away by this ignorant comment that I'm almost beyond words. This week congress did not re-approve the Violence Against Women Act. This week I grew tears in my eyes when I heard that a young woman was gang raped in a Dehli bus for one hour by six men and died later. Rape and violence against women are not acceptable.
And for this allegedly well-read woman, a hero to the anti-GMO crowd, to say that using a sound technology for sustainable agriculture is tantamount to giving the "freedom to rape"?
I'm going to take a blood pressure break and look up "puppies and kittens" in Google Images. Be right back.
Okay. Better now. Remember to breathe.
In the age of "gotchas" it would be easy to really stick it to Shiva. Using logic and science, putting GMO seed into organic farms is a stellar idea. Both allow us to grow food with less environmental impact. The corollary then is that since GMO can favorably contribute to organic farming, then rapists should have the freedom to rape.
That is what science and logic say, according to her post. However, we know that is not what she really means. She did say that, but let's give her the benefit of the doubt, maybe even hope for a retraction.
It does illuminate an important point. The anti-scientific, anti-GMO interests are resorting to brazen analogies, placing biotechnology equivalent to brutal crime. This is not the way to educate, it is the way to build fear and potentially violence.
Words mean something, and someone as bright as Dr. Shiva should choose her words and analogies more carefully. In 20 years when GMO is everywhere and rape is unheard of, this tweet will be quite a treat to revisit.