A handful of school districts in Minnesota recently held “GMO Awareness Day,” purportedly to educate students on the foods they eat. Instead, these districts used taxpayer money to repeat disproven claims and misleading rhetoric. I find it troubling that five school districts in Minnesota have engaged in a propaganda campaign aimed at young children.
The press release put out by the Hopkins, Minneapolis, Orono, Shakopee and Westonka school districts is made up of misleading claims and outright falsehoods. I don’t have the space to refute them one by one, but here is the reality: GMOs have been tested extensively – over 2,000 studies. These studies, and the leading regulatory and food safety organizations in the world, found GMOs to be perfectly safe. There is nothing to be aware of other than the tremendous societal and environmental benefits offered by GMOs.
Schools are supposed to be places of education, logical thinking and science, but a handful of school administrators seem to disagree. Apparently, they believe that schools are the place for misleading political agendas and propaganda campaigns aimed at developing the minds of young children without highlighting the other side of the issue.
Dave Ladd is the president of RDL & Associates.
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