My Experience Giving a ProGMO Talk at Skeptics Events


I realise that by publishing this video I run the risk of alienating a lot of subscribers and people who attend skeptic events, but I thought my experiences giving a proGMO talk were far too interesting to keep to myself. I am also not trying to bash any skeptical community. I have been attending my local skeptics in the pub (Teesside) since it started, and I love it. I can’t recommend it enough and I hope this video does not deter people from attending.

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For decades now, organisations like Greenpeace, GM-Freeze, and Friends of the Earth have done a fantastic job convincing the population that GM-food is harmful to humans. To do this, they have quoted scientific literature that claims GMOs have been shown, among other things, to cause cancer, leukaemia, and stomach inflammation; but is there really any truth to these claims? What do the papers these organisations are promoting really say, and do they have any flaws? Or, in actual fact, are GMOs going to kill us all?

Over the past year, I have been giving a talk to various skeptical and humanist groups across the country trying to answer these questions. To do this, I critiqued several highly referenced anti-GM papers, looking past their veneer of good science and discovering what they really say about GMOs and the organisations who promote them. My talk, essentially, was an amalgamation of my work here online fighting pseudoscience and scaremongering, and was heavily based on the following blog posts…

Bad Science in the Paper ‘a Long-Term Toxicology Study on Pigs Fed a Combined Genetically Modified (GM) Soy and GM Maize Diet’

Overall, my talk received a lukewarm response and was poorly attended compared to my previous lectures on AIDS Denialism. I did however meet some very interesting people shall we say.
Intro Music by Michael ‘Skitch’ Schiciano

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About Myles Power (757 Articles)
Hello Internet! My name is Myles Power and I am a chemist from the North East of England, who loves to make videos trying to counter pseudoscience and debunk quackery in all of its various forms! From the hype around GMOs through to Atrazine turning the freakin’ frogs gay, I’ll try to cut through the nonsense that’s out there!

2 Comments on My Experience Giving a ProGMO Talk at Skeptics Events

  1. Hey Miles. really interesting video. I hope you do re-start your talks sometime. I guess you know how Galileo felt before the inquisition when he said “And yet it moves” ;-)


  2. In the video you talked about why people believe “all scientists are bought”. I’ve found that a lot of people want life to be more exciting and more like a movie. Sort of like there’s this big bad shadow government (aliens, lizardpeople, illuminati etc) and only ONE SMALL TEENAGER CAN SAVE THE WORLD!!!!! This is how people believe there’s a vast dark conspiracy which regularly kills thousands of people, but somehow can’t stop the ‘one true saviour of us all’….

    People don’t want to think the universe is cold and uncaring and that sometimes random bad stuff happens, and no-ones to blame. They also want to think everyone gets justice in the end and ‘bad people’ eventually get their just desserts…..


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