In this video discovered by Mother Jones, Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson goes on a hand-gesture-filled two-minute rant against deniers of the benefits of genetically modified food. He’s pretty sure these people don’t know — “and they should” — that “practically every food you buy in a store,” technically qualifies as “genetically modified,” because, he explains, of what we’ve been doing for thousands of years through practices such as selective breeding. “There are no wild seedless watermelons. There’s no wild cows,” he says, then rails against the “complainer type” who’d probably prefer knobby, gnarly, sour apples to the Golden Delicious variety. Unfortunately deGrasse Tyson doesn’t expound on unethical policies of GMO seed corporations or the nitty-gritty of pesticide resistance, stuff like that. Maybe next time?
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tells GMO Critics to ‘Chill Out’ [Mother Jones]