Viewpoint: Sri Lanka’s ban on synthetic crop chemicals put ideology ahead of science. Here’s a rethink on sustainable agriculture – Genetic Literacy Project

In April 2021, the Sri Lankan president announced that the import of synthetic fertilizers was banned and no more would be procured once the stocks ran out. Rajapaksa stated that the synthetic agricultural inputs were causing “adverse health and environmental impacts.”
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/10/24/viewpoint-sri-lankas-ban-on-synthetic-crop-chemicals-put-ideology-ahead-of-science-heres-a-rethink-on-sustainable-agriculture/

Viewpoint: ‘Organic-only policies are the new face of European colonialism’ — Here’s how crop biotechnology innovation is opening doors to Africa’s self sufficiency – Genetic Literacy Project

Former colonies of Europe were banned from sale unless they obeyed Europe when it came to food. Yet Africa has seen the light.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/10/19/viewpoint-organic-only-policies-are-the-new-face-of-european-colonialism-heres-how-crop-biotechnology-innovation-is-opening-doors-to-africas-self-suffici/

Viewpoint: European Greens defend organic policy, claim genetic engineering causes ‘uncontrollable, unintended and unsafe mutations’ in food — but this does not hold up to decades of evidence – Genetic Literacy Project

A very dry summer alongside a low supply of fertilizer and energy spikes have created the perfect storm for the European agricultural sector, with staple crops like sunflower and grain maize plummeting by 12 and 16 per cent respectively (1).
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/10/06/viewpoint-european-greens-defend-organic-policy-claim-genetic-engineering-causes-uncontrollable-unintended-and-unsafe-mutations-in-food-but-this-does-not-hold-up-to-deca/

Viewpoint: GM vs organic crops — How to feed the world without destroying it – Genetic Literacy Project

There are more and more people in the world who are getting richer and are therefore eating more and more meat. For some it is clear that agriculture must massively expand its production. 
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/08/18/viewpoint-gm-vs-organic-crops-how-to-feed-the-world-without-destroying-it/

Viewpoint: Switching to organic food because it’s healthier, safer and better for the environment? Think again.: ‘Organic’ is one of the great hoaxes of all time :: Henry I. Miller M.D.

Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be “wholesome and natural,” which often translates to the absence of
— Read on henrymillermd.org/26372/viewpoint-switching-to-organic-food-because-it

Viewpoint: Collapse of the organic-farming experiment in Sri Lanka has not shamed activist-philosopher Vandana Shiva and other GMO rejectionists – Genetic Literacy Project

Sri Lanka ran an evil experiment on its citizens last year. Under the sway of nitwit organic-food activists, the government banned imports of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers as part of an effort to transition the country to all-organic agriculture, leaving the vast majority of farmers without access to the vital tools they use to grow the crops their country depends on. Polls taken at the time showed that most growers didn’t know how to farm organically. The result of Sri Lanka’s experiment was predictable and tragic: roughly one-third of the island nation’s agricultural land was left dormant in 2021; farmers lost hundreds of millions of dollars in needed income, and there wasn’t enough food to go around. As I explained last September, the government did what most governments do in times of crisis—it deflected, blaming others for the deprivation its policies caused: The president appointed a former military general to serve as “Commissioner General of Essential Services” and confiscate agricultural commodities from “hoarders.” The government then set price controls for these goods “in order to protect the consumers,” which has a well-documented history of causing and exacerbating shortages. Nice job, commissioner.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/29/viewpoint-collapse-of-the-organic-farming-experiment-gone-awry-in-sri-lanka-has-not-shamed-activist-philosopher-vandana-shiva-and-other-shameless-gmo-rejectionists/

Viewpoint: Switching to organic foods because it’s healthier, safer and more environmental beneficial? Think again – Genetic Literacy Project

Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be “wholesome and natural,” which often translates to the absence of “synthetic” inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides. For some, the prohibition on “genetically modified” crops (however they might be defined) is another consideration. Sometimes, they assume that in some vague way, organic agricultural practices are better for the planet. In short, on their dinner table they want something like the farm of the idealized “Old McDonald” children’s tune that many of us grew up with. The reality is very different. On June 23rd, the FDA reported a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus due to contaminated organic strawberries that were imported fresh from Baja California, a state in northern Mexico, and imported to the United States under the FreshKampo and HEB brands. As of early July, 18 outbreak-associated cases had been reported from three different states (California, Minnesota and North Dakota), and 13 people were hospitalized as a result. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A which is likely linked to the FreshKampo organic strawberries.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/08/04/viewpoint-switching-to-organic-foods-because-its-healthier-safer-and-more-environmental-beneficial-think-again/

Part I: Carey Gillam — Reporter turned organic propagandist who twists science in campaign to discredit biotechnology and conventional agriculture – Genetic Literacy Project

With links to the Church of Scientology, anti-vaccine glyphosate litigator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Organic Consumers Association, US Right to Know, and Environmental Working Group, Carey Gillam has led the effort by organic promoters to discredit GMOs, glyphosate, and other agri-technological tools positioned to address climate change. Here’s her story… and why she does it.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/27/part-1-carey-gillam-reporter-turned-organic-propagandist-who-twists-science-in-her-campaign-to-discredit-biotechnology-and-conventional-agriculture/

Viewpoint: Here’s the backstory on Sri Lanka’s organic experiment gone wrong – Genetic Literacy Project

In an attempt to boost soil health and halt the progression of a kidney disease killing local farmers that was linked by some sources to agricultural chemicals, the president of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, imposed a synthetic fertilizer and pesticide ban overnight. 
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/26/viewpoint-whats-the-backstory-on-sri-lankas-organic-experiment-gone-wrong/

Viewpoint: Sri Lankan organic farming disaster foreshadows what could unfold if Europe moves ahead with Green Deal Farm to Fork plan – Genetic Literacy Project

Sri Lanka adopted the first 100% organic farming program and imposed a national ban on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The consequence was a 50% drop in agricultural production, an explosion in food prices and the state’s economic bankruptcy.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/20/viewpoint-sri-lankan-organic-farming-disaster-foreshadows-what-could-unfold-if-europe-moves-ahead-with-its-green-deal-farm-to-fork-plan/