Bill Nye, Ever the Scientist, Admits He Was Wrong About GMOs and a Revised Edition of His Book Will Rectify That March 5, 2015

Bill Nye, Ever the Scientist, Admits He Was Wrong About GMOs and a Revised Edition of His Book Will Rectify That

A few months ago, Bill Nye published a book called Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation:

In it, he mentioned that food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could pose environmental risks:

Genetically engineering food is controversial, as it should be. If you’re asking me, we should stop introducing genes from one species into another, while at the same time taking full advantage of our ability to understand the genome of any organism — plant, animal, or fungus — in order to produce the healthiest, most sustainable food system possible. Here’s why: Although we can know exactly what happens to any organism we modify, we just can’t quite know what will happen to other species in that modified organism’s ecosystem. For me this is a big deal, though some other investigators don’t seem to find it as troubling.

But in a video filmed after his recent appearance on Bill Maher‘s show, Nye explained that he has studied the issue more since writing that chapter. He’s spent time with scientists who are experts in this area. And he admits his fears were nothing to be concerned about:

… There’s a chapter in [the book] which I’m gonna revise. I spent some time on it, and I’m very excited… I went to Monsanto and I spent a lot of time with the scientists there, and I have revised my outlook, and I’m very excited about telling the world. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world!

I have revised my outlook.

Those are words a scientist would say.

Ken Ham, on the other hand, would never say anything like that. Changing your mind — or, more importantly, adapting your understanding of the world as you acquire new information — is a sign of weakness to Creationists like him.

Bill Nye is showing us how it’s done. (It’s similar to a story also told by Richard Dawkins.)

By the way, the fact that Nye’s mind was changed following a visit to Monsanto, a company reviled by many progressives for a variety of reasons, is irrelevant. He’s speaking about the science of GMOs, something that has been researched extensively — the Washington Post‘s Puneet Kollipara has a nice summary of what we know about GMOs here — and isn’t confined to a particular company.

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