Target: Bill Nye “the Science Guy”
Goal: Urge Nye to abandon his sudden support for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which came just months after publishing a book in favor of labeling, research and restraint
For years Bill Nye urged officials to proceed with caution when it came to GMOs. He has since mysteriously changed his tune. The popular scientist, better known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” called for a rational approach to the technology saying, “Let’s farm responsibly, let’s require labels on our foods, and let’s carefully test these foods case by case.” As recently as 2014 he published a book expressing this same healthy skepticism. Yet after talking with Monsanto scientists Nye declared, “I have revised my outlook, and am very excited about telling the world. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world!”
In love with GMOs? This stance seems more than just a little suspicious given his long-held beliefs to the contrary. Some argue that Nye changed his mind after being convinced the technology is truly safe for humans and the environment. What seems more likely is that Nye has become a talking head for Monsanto: a company that has spent millions of dollars trying to improve the public’s view of genetic modification.
People oppose GMOs for good reason. Research shows that Monsanto’s own products, including crops modified to produce their own pesticides and herbicides, have contributed to huge die-offs of bees and butterflies. The company clearly has no regard for consumers, wildlife or the environment. For respected scientists like Bill Nye to willingly spread its propaganda is disgraceful.
Urge Nye to stop trying to swing public opinion in favor of Monsanto’s toxic GMOs.
Dear Mr. Nye,
While I respect your enthusiasm for teaching science, I was extremely disappointed to learn of your unexpected new “love” of GMO technology. If anything this stance is dangerous because of your position as a role model for youth.
People see you as an authority on science–and one that until recently urged caution, and a rational approach to GMOs. No doubt it is your popular appeal that drew Monsanto’s attention. The company is desperate to reverse the trend of legislation that limits or prohibits GMO operations, and has spent millions on public relations. With its track record of willfully hiding the dangers of its products in order to protect profits, the public has every reason not to trust Monsanto. Why, then, should you?
I urge you to reverse your stance on GMOs, and to once again join the call for corporate responsibility. Weakening regulations will not protect consumers, Mr. Nye. And neither will celebrity scientists acting on behalf of one of the world’s most irresponsible companies.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bill Hrybyk via NASA