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It is really frustrating to me what people will believe on little or no evidence. Perhaps it is because I come from a science background and many others do not, but I do not see the “evil” in a company that uses science being big and successful.
Now I admit that not every product that is made by modern science is 100 % safe. That is the problem with advancing science, we learn after the fact the effects of what we make. Sometimes they are bad, but most of the time they are good advances. If it was not for the advances we have in science we would all still be using home-made lye soap, dying of measles and drinking unpasteurized milk. The fact is that as science advances we find smaller and smaller things to be concerned about. Today we find things that scare us that have a one in a million chance of making us sick much less killing us.
So what do you do when you are talking to an anti. Really I do not know. So many of them have what I consider unreasonable fears. It seems we all must have someone to hate and fear, and those things we do not understand are easier to fear. Science today is so complex that it is hard for anyone to understand it. I’ve seen some really disturbing correlations placed before intelligent people, and they will believe. So here’s an example.Does anyone believe this is true? Why because organic food is considered to be good for you and is not brought to you by Monsanto. And yet information as crazy as this is used to show how large companies are bad. If instead of organic food sales it said sales of GMO corn, many would say it is the truth and they would be just as wrong. Today’s organic foods are just as much a product of science as are non-organic foods.
So here’s the thing, correlation is not causation. Yes, things may move in a pattern that moves in the same way, but that does not make it the cause of the event. Just as in the case shown above, if you are diagnosed with the flu after you trip over a toy, it does not mean the toy caused your flu.
So I ask you, before you become anti anything, have you done your homework? Personally I have benefitted a lot on my farm by using products produced by modern science. I do not believe sins of the past make products or companies of today bad. And if you really dig into it, I think you might find that some of those “sins” do not have any correlation with the products you are attributing them to.
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