On Wednesday we hosted a panel about public perceptions and the impact misperceptions can have on the adoption of ag biotechnology. In a crowded conference room, Sally Squires moderated a lively discussion about some of the common misperceptions of ag biotechnology and how scientists, journalists and third party hunger advocates can help correct those misperceptions for the benefit of all. READ MORE »
Following up on an interview with MSNBC last month (featured on our blog and can be found here), Michael Specter was a guest on The Daily Show with John Stewart discussing his book Denialism and how American’s distrust of science may be harming the planet.
During the discussion, Specter says, “I believe genetically modified foods have an important place in humanity. A billion people are starving everyday and they need science to help them feed themselves and we are going to need 70% more food in the next fifty years. How are we going to get there?”
The entire interview can be watched here.
Please share your thoughts on Denialism and how attitudes towards science and technology, particularly biotechnology, may be limiting progress.
Michael Specter, a staff writer with the New Yorker, confronts the widespread fear of science and the negative impact it could have on scientific progress in the areas of global agriculture, health and nutrition in his new book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives .
Specter was on MSNBC and NPR’s “On the Media” program promoting Denialism and explaining the importance of agricultural biotechnology in addressing certain global challenges, and the resistance to it among certain groups.
Please share your thoughts on Denialism and how attitudes towards science and technology may be limiting progress.