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Frank LeBeau Isn't Apathetic About GMOs

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Earlier today we mentioned that St. Louis isn't having an anti-GMO rally this weekend, despite rallies happening around the country. No one locally stepped up to organize.

That doesn't mean everyone's apathetic. Frank LeBeau of Brick City Gardens is trying to do his part. You might remember him from last week when we told you about his part in the upcoming Good Gardening, Good Food Film Series.

We emailed with LeBeau today, who wasn't aware of the Organic Consumers Association rallies this weekend. He has his own projects in the works. LeBeau's in talks with Washington University to bring GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, author of anti-GMO bestseller "Seeds of Deception", to campus in October for a lecture.

He said, "The commitment there is tentative since Monsanto is a big donor to the school."

LeBeau doesn't shy away from expressing his thoughts about Monsanto. In an email to Gut Check he writes:

For better or worse I think Monsanto, like Budweiser and Mark McGwire, are tarnished St. Louis icons, but hometown folks still cling to them because they're all we've got.

People here would like to believe the company propaganda that they are doing noble work to "help feed the world", but while there are, perhaps, some sincere employees who believe that the company is a force for good, nothing could be further from the truth for Monsanto as a corporation. In fact they are trying to monopolize the world's supply of crop seeds and expand the use of toxic farm chemicals at the expense of human health and sustaining a safe natural environment.

Saint Louisans tolerate and excuse Monsanto's profiteering because the company makes clever charitable contributions to other local cultural icons such as Washington University and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. They've purchased our loyalty and expect us all to turn a blind eye to the damage and the evil that they do to people and nature. So it's not surprising that the nationwide rally doesn't get publicized or supported here in Saint Louis.



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PC
PC

Jeffery Smith isn't an expert. He's not a scientist or a researcher, he doesn't write scientific papers or make new discoveries, he's just some guy, another self-proclaimed expert with some self published books making a living off fear and ignorance. Anyone can claim to be an expert and self publish a book. I can claim to be a better astrophysicist than Neil deGrasse Tyson but I shouldn't be surprised when no real experts take me seriously. Same with Smith. His opinions on GMOs are worth about as much as my cat's...less actually, since my cat isn't provably wrong on the topic. Why won't any universities let my cat come and talk about GMOs? Must be because Monsanto is bribing them.

Escnet
Escnet

Are you one of the legion of fake bloggers, twitterers, etc. that Monsanto employs through its PR firms to attack all critics of GMOs on the web? If not, I challenge to you reveal who you are and your affiliations. Jeffrey Smith worked for one of the world's leading GMO testing laboratories before he became an anti-GM activist due to his alarm about the potential, unstudied dangers. I didn't know that writers, journalists, etc. were not qualified to write on scientific topics by citing the peer-reviewed research from scientists all over the world. Of course, most scientists cannot get their work published since Monsanto and its PR firms will immediately amount an attack on them, threaten the journals their published in and threaten to take away donations to the universities they work for. This has been well-documented around the world. If you want to see 100 peer-reviewed studies by scientists, simply go to http://www.gmwatch.eu/reports/... .

PC
PC

Gee, an accusation that I work for Monsanto, didn't see that coming. Why is it that anyone who has basic knowledge about the biology of GMOs is accused of working for Monsanto? Second, working in a GMO testing lab doesn't mean much to me. You can teach someone how to run a test for transgenes in about a half hour or less, it's not that hard to do, you just mix up the plant material with some chemicals, put it in a centrifuge, add some enzymes to the DNA, squirt it in some gel, boom, that's it. He probably lost his job to a small robot. No offense, but that you find those companies impressive is telling of your level of familiarity with and understanding of molecular biology. And even if it was something hard, again, so what? There's plenty of real scientists who are dismissed for saying wrong things, so even if he were a scientist, that doesn't grant him immunity to being dismissed for saying silly thing, and they are silly. Want proof? Pick up a copy of Molecular Biology of the Cell then read Stewart's Plant Biotechnology and Genetics, then start reading the literature on PubMed.

Your conspiracy about how every scientist in the world is part of a great secret conspiracy (that you totally unraveled after 10 seconds on Google) is just an excuse for why about 99% of experts in revelant filds disagree with Smith. I can replace GMO and Monsanto with anything and the argument makes about as much sense. I've met a number of biologists and horticulturists at the university I study at. All of them support GMOs. So Monsanto is paying off pretty much everyone and still stays profitable and despite being a publicly traded company no one can prove this by anything other than the claim that everyone everywhere (remember, even the Chinese and Iranian governments have GMO projects) who disagrees with the anti-GMO talking points is part of a conspiracy? Yeah, right.

The most frustrating part is that you know you're right. You know you have science on your side. Never mind what the scientific community says, never mind that the best anti-GMO studies have always turned out to be awful, never mind that after a trillion GMO meals exactly zero harm to human health has ever been documented. Some website that gets basic biology wrong says so. And anything that proves you wrong is part of the conspiracy, so everything proves you right.

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