Gene and Tonic, July 7, 2016: Vermont's New Law and the Nobel Laureates

Theral Timpson

On July 1st, Vermont’s GMO labeling law went into effect. All food sold in the state that has been genetically modified has to say so on the label.

While some geneticists are throwing their hands up in the air in total exasperation, others are consulting big food.

“It’s all been genetically modified at some point. So put GM on every piece of food,” reads one consultant’s email. “They’re Vermonters. While you’re changing the labels--which I do understand isn’t cheap--you might as well put, ‘Have a beautiful and pleasant day, Vermont!’”

Still other geneticists are more optimistic, such as Nathan Pearson here on Mendelspod. Put GM on the label, he suggests. The next thing you know, the average shopper will be requesting GM products at their local market.

There was one group of scientists that has been very upset. They all won the Nobel prize, and so they sent Greenpeace a letter accusing them of “a crime against humanity.”

Greenpeace is the leader of the anti-GMO crowd, making them basically the Vermont of non-profits.

A spokesperson for Greenpeace said that the Nobel winners could “go f*** themselves, and gene drive their a**holes out of existence."

Oh, no, we got that wrong.  That wasn’t a spokesperson.   The spokesperson said, “We don’t get spanked by just anyone. Just because these people have a Nobel doesn’t mean they’re qualified to spank Greenpeace like this. How would you feel if you got spanked by over a hundred Nobel prize winners?”

A journalist familiar with the non-profit and wished to remain anonymous did say that Greenpeace had a tendency towards S & M.

“It’s part of the gig, right? Part of the act is to resist. They’re not the worse S & M pair in the world. In fact, I think they rather do quite well together,” said the journalist.