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Neil deGrasse Tyson tells GMO-haters to ‘chill out’

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Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist and general sciencey-type guy, Neil deGrasse Tyson, tells GMO haters to “chill out.”

Why? Because everything we buy at the store to eat is genetically modified through selective breeding.

Answering a question asked — inexplicably — by a non-French guy speaking American-accented French:

“There are no wild seedless watermelons…we have systematically genetically modified all the foods — the vegetables and animals — that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them. It’s called artificial selection. That’s how we genetically modified them, so no we can do it in the lab, all of a sudden you’re gonna complain…so we have been modifying the biology of the world to serve our needs. I don’t have a problem with that because we’ve been doing it for tens of thousands of years. So chill out.”

Watch the full exchange here:

Categories: General
Chris Preovolos

2 Responses

  1. Gypsy says:

    Grafting a branch of one apple tree to another doesn’t change the DNA of the apple.

    Culling the weakest, smallest animals so that only the largest, heaviest ones grow does not change the DNA of the animal.

    Saving the seeds of bigger, sweeter fruits and vegetables to perpetuate them into the future does not change the DNA of the fruits and vegetables.

    However, changing the DNA of corn and then feeding that corn to lab rats DOES change the DNA of the lab rat.

    And if humans eat that corn it will also change the DNA of the humans over time. And that is NOT a good thing!

  2. Gypsy says:

    Selective breeding of animals, fruits and vegetables to insure that the largest, sweetest, most seedless, or the most meat does not do anything ARTIFICIAL to the DNA, unlike GENETICALLY modifying as Monsanto is doing. These changes in the actual DNA of plants and animals changes the DNA of the humans who eat them. It has already been shown in 3rd generation lab rats fed nothing but GMA food, all sorts of reproductive and endocrine changes are beginning to crop up. And if it can happen in lab rats, it WILL happen in humans too. Do YOU want your great-grandchildren born with significant DNA changes to their reproductive and endocrine systems?