On the contrary, I have very good scientific reasons for being against GMO and it seems to me that the belief that GM is good is based upon blind faith.
The reason for this blind faith is that some science is used to create GM and the belief that progress must be best and GM is progress and that progress is needed to feed the poor.
The people with this blind faith do not seem to have a large knowledge of all the surrounding issues such as:
Knowledge of crop rotation as a natural productive alternative that is better to soil and better to long term productivity levels.
Extortion that has been done by GM corp's where GM has been planted and when the seed has traveled into neighbouring farms, the GM corp has then sued other farmers for having patented seed in there crop.
Knowing that in the past GM crops where created in the past that turned out to be detrimental to peoples health. Selective breeding would be far far less likely to create crops that poison people slowly or are a carcinogenic risk.
Knowing that the method of combining genes is (or was) a completely haphazard method whereby the gene from the plant to be altered is taken, the snippets of gene wanted were then randomly mashed in to that old gene. Unwanted abnormalities of unknown consequences were not tested for, they merely tested the resulting plant for the desired trait. This is a method that I strongly object to.
The realisation that GM is typically of one genetic variety, this creates a danger of a whole genetic species being wiped out in one go once it becomes vulnerable to a new strain of virus or bacterial infection.
The fact that farmers have worked out that the combination of non-organic fertiliser, GM seed and GM companies fertiliser etc can actually be more expensive than farming without those things.
The knowledge that the GM + GM pesticide combinations only appear to have short lifetimes (the pests develop resistance then eat the crop) and the GM companies only care about their profits and not about any damage they do to the ecosystem with their pesticides.
I think the biggest danger is in the lack of genetic diversity, with the risk that whole GM species could be wiped out without that natural genetic diversity, that's not fear-mongering, that's something that often happens. Natural genetic variation can be the key to quickly finding the resistant plants. GM seeds don't have anywhere near the same level of natural genetic variation - they are cloned from a single source.
- Left leaning person who takes scientific theories seriously.
So, what is your belief that GM is good based on?