After we published an editorial opposing the anti-GMO measure on the Jackson County ballot, we received a number of less-than-complimentary responses. They claim we are biased or are dupes of the corporate agri-businesses that also oppose the measure. The claims include: 1. What do you expect, they are owned by Rupert Murdoch. 2. They’ve been bought off by advertising dollars. 3. Their owners are investors in some of the agribusinesses.
1. We no longer have any connection with Rupert Murdoch, the big cheese at NewsCorp, which purchased our parent company, Dow Jones, but sold us last year.
2. If we have had paid advertising from the pro-GMO group, I’m not aware of it. (Not that it would matter, anyway, we’ve made any number of endorsements over the years for people who are did not advertise, while not endorsing those who did.)
3. We are owned by GateHouse Media. Its principal investor is Fortress Investment Group, which at least at one point that we could find (in 2007) invested in Monsanto. We deal wtih GateHouse, not Fortress and, in fact, I couldn’t tell you the name of even one person at Fortress. GateHouse has never suggested any editorial position we should take on any issue.
As for our position on the GMO measure, it was based on one basic fact: Despite hundreds and hundreds of studies, no one has found any health risks associated with GMOs. It’s that simple.
If you support the anti-GMO measure and are about to blow your stack over that statement, I invite you to do some reading:
A blog by Jon Entine in Forbes magazine. Yes, Forbes is a business magazine, but read the piece and follow the links to the scientific research. Among the interesting facts: A team of Italian scientists report that between 2002 and 2012, more than 1,700 studies were done on the safety of GMO food for human consumption and came up with not one example of danger to humans.
A long story in the New York Times examining how politics won out over science in a GMO fight in Hawaii.
Those kinds of stories — and facts — helped us make up our minds. Read them and see if they don’t at least raise some questions in your mind.