With most of the vote in (32 of 33 precincts) the GMO mosquito question had split results.
In Key Haven where the test would take place, it’s a resounding no – 65 to 35 percent. But the rest of the county said yes – 58 to 42 percent.
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The phrase lies, damned lies and statistics describes the power of numbers and the use of statistics to beef up weak arguments. In a recent Mother Jones piece, Kevin Drum bares to light the ‘statistics’ that the New York Times used in last weeks damning of GMO crops. It turns out that the statistic used to compare France’s rate of increase/decrease in pesticides glossed over the fact that overall use in France is much higher (although decreasing at a faster rate). Continue reading “Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”
Here is a quiz, testing to see whether you can tell the differentiate GMO vs non-GMO organic food by just looking at them. I went looking for the photo below on the net after seeing it used on a site bashing Monsanto and found the quiz. Take it and report back here how well you did. Of course, I’ve already given you the answer to question 2 below. I was surprised to see the difference in these tomatoes.
Here are links to 2 sites, one pro-GMO (from a government agency), the other con-GMO. I’m sure that the devil lies in the details here, and a thorough reading on both sites would behoove us all.
“Farmers everywhere, whether they’re organic or conventional or using GMOs, they’re all trying to do the same thing: They’re trying to produce successful harvests, they’re trying to manage pests, they’re trying to do the right thing in the environment, and they’re trying to create a viable business model, so that they can hand it down to the next generation.”
-Mike Frank, senior VP
and chief commercial officer of Monsanto