This editorial from Discover discusses certain individuals that are considered to be major boosters to the anti-GMO cause and how they are using lies and pseudoscience to push the discussion in their direction. The author cites a Vandana Shiva and Dr. Oz specifically. Shiva has apparently been going around the world telling a “lie” that farmers in India are committing suicide from the monopolistic business practices that seem to be inherent with GMOs. Vandana Shiva is well-respected in the anti-GMO sphere, and her words have carried a lot of weight. She is able to write for the Guardian, and her story about suicidal farmers was also the source for a documentary called “Bitter Seeds”.
Dr. Oz is also mentioned, as he holds a degree of influence in the health nut world. His own willingness to allow for the more firebrand-oriented anti-GMO evangelists has been shown on his website and on his show.
This editorial brings up an interesting point in the discussion of GMO. Both sides are very passionate about their positions, and this article shows that even the anti-GMO side is guilty of skewing facts and figures just as much as the corporate interests at play in the GMO corner. It also suggests that the debate is much more murky than either side would probably care to admit. Not only that, but fiery, vitriolic language can be a turn off for those individuals simply looking for the truth of the matter. It would probably be safe to assume that the kinds of language that Michael Pollan or Vandana Shiva use is specifically targeted at anti-GMO folk already, perhaps in an effort to shore up their base, and get them to evangelize their movement for them.