“Fakethrough!” New Report Shows How Easily Media Was Duped by Claims of GMO “Breakthroughs”

14 January 2014 — PRWatch    

GMOsDespite a full-court press defending the supposed benefits of genetically engineered “golden rice,” it has never entered production. According to Jonathan Latham of Independent Science News, the science media has utterly failed to report accurately on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — on their failures and criticisms rather than just their potential successes. A transgenic high-protein cassava, a type of starchy edible root, was lauded in the scientific press but fizzled not long after. So did a supposedly virus-resistant sweet potato that was widely hailed in the media. According to Jonathan Latham of Independent Science News, these and others are just a few examples of what he says is the utter failure of the science media to report accurately and critically on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — on their failures rather than just their touted successes.

In an article entitled “Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism,” Latham describes how GMOs lauded in the media as “breakthroughs” are often just PR boosts for genetically engineered varieties or traits that either aren’t new, are untested, or fail (and the failures are too often not reported). Often, GMO reporting also ignores or downplays extensive criticism and concerns raised by independent scientists. Continue reading…

 

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