Perhaps the most interesting part of this email is the last line, where Popoff worries that GMOs may “soon go the way of DDT.”
It’s a telling and unusual statement of the fragility of the GMO industry.
From: Mischa Popoff [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:05 AM
To: [email addresses deleted]
Subject: Silencing Public Scientists
As I was saying to Channapatna just this morning upon hearing that we’re all guilty of something just because we support GMOs, the time is nigh to respond forcefully to anti-GMO organic activists.
It’s troubling, to say the least, that the Organic Consumers Association donated $47,500 to Gary Ruskin’s U.S. Right to Know group to harass pro-GMO academics. But what’s most troubling is that Keith Kloor only mentions the OCA in passing, and leaves the larger organic movement out of his coverage. Kevin Folta meanwhile makes no mention whatsoever of the organic movement.
Why do we keep trying to cautiously defend ourselves and our science against organic activists? When are we going to go on the offensive?
Ruskin will carry on this nuisance campaign until he gets what he needs… something… anything that he can use against us. It’s a witch hunt. But in response, Folta and Kloor play along with the charade. They might as well pretend there are no Russian forces in The Ukraine right now.
We should respond. Otherwise GMOs will soon go the way of DDT.