My hope was to get all of the angry anti's in one place and just answer their questions honestly. Anastasia Bodnar, Jon Entine and I were excited to participate, even in a likely hostile forum. Certainly they'd be whipped into a frenzy by Smith, Shiva and the laundry list of non-scientists pontificating as experts. What a great time to talk to them about science, how we do it, and what it says.
So what was their response?
Seeing as though we would need to plan, buy tickets, arrange lodging etc, it is not something we could do overnight. It would be a significant expense for us to participate, but we were willing to take this on if given a forum to do some public education.
I actually gave them more credit than I should have. I honestly thought they'd have us out for a discussion.
"Lo, come to Me, oh smelly waves of the credulous! I will teach you to fear, teach you that scientists are evil, and that you are all being poisoned. And buy my book on the way out"
On second thought, the survival of their club relies on suppression of evidence, turning a blind eye on science, and feeding a strategic system of misinformation driven by angry activists, profiteering authors and misaligned natural foodies.
And yes, sour frickin' grapes. I love to engage an audience that disagrees with me.
And say what you want about CATO and their forum. At least they had the balls to host one.
At the "SoJ" meeting they will spew their insanity to willing listeners. Unchallenged and non-critical, they can gaze glassy eyed into the god-like presence of luminaries like Smith, Shiva and Kimbrell and hang on every word they say. Sniff the rag, sniff the rag...
At least we tried. Teaching and education will squelch the fear of transgenic technology. That's why the profiteers driving the anti-industries need to make sure that there is no science, teaching or education in their forums.