What changed my opinion? Awareness of the 2-3 billion people currently on the planet who would starve to death without GMOs and how genetically modifying plants is necessary due to climate change.
From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-robert-t-fraley/bill-nyes-change-of-heart_b_9055296.html
"The first principle [of science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool." - Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics, 1965.
Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") publicly changed his mind recently about
genetically modified organisms − he now says they "are an important, and
perhaps, essential component of modern farming" − many were quick to
Besides attacking his reasoning and his credentials, some
of his critics even alleged - with absolutely no evidence or
justification - that Bill's change of position must have involved a
payoff by my company, Monsanto.
The simple, innocent truth,
however, is laid out plainly in the recently published revised edition
of Bill's book "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation." In a
new chapter, Bill explains that after publishing the first edition of
the book, in 2014, he "has spent a great deal of additional time
investigating the issues surrounding GMFs (genetically modified foods)."
His investigation, he explains, included a deeper exploration of the
scientific literature, as well as a visit to our company.
not there to be charmed," he comments on that visit. "I was there to see
if Monsanto scientists had hard data to address the issues about GMFs
and the ecosystems in which they grow. I now believe they do."
In other words, Bill dug deeper into the issue and then recognized he'd been mistaken. And then he had the courage to admit it.
else has trod this path? Well, lots of people. After all, to err is
human, and scientists and those who, like Bill, study and write about
science, are human. For science to move ahead, therefore, it's critical
that the people who pursue it be willing to recognize and correct their
mistakes. Otherwise science - and humanity - get stuck.
I've made mistakes as a scientist - for example, in being slow to
recognize the seriousness of climate change. When the data documenting
this trend became overwhelming, however, I studied it - and shifted my
position - because I knew that for a scientist, the real sin is not in
making a mistake, but in refusing to acknowledge it. That's all Bill has
done in this case.
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