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*Is the UK's Mail in Bed with the GMO Devil?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJul 8, 2013 1:47 PM

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No doubt you saw the big, history-making news out of England yesterday. No, not this:

I'm talking about the pro-GMO piece in the

Daily

UK's Mail, (by David Rose, of all people) titled:

The great GM food hysteria: Do you believe eating genetically modified crops is like dining with the devil? No wonder- that's exactly what apocalyptic eco-zealots want you to think.

Now this may be true (though I would substitute "greens" for "eco-zealots"), but it's actually what the Daily Mail has wanted you to think, too. For example, here's a Daily Mailheadline from last month: 

American 'Frankenstein food' company pulls plug on plans to put GM crops on British dinner tables because there is no appetite for the produce

Speaking of apocalyptic hysteria, let's recall this 2008 Daily Mail chestnut that helped spawn a zombie myth:

The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops.

So when the world's most popular tabloid starts calling someone hysterical about GMOs, we should probably check the hypocrisy meter.

UPDATE: I had no idea there was a difference between the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, since they share the same website and owner. *I changed the headline of the post to reflect the distinction between daily newspaper and weekend editions in Uk newspapers.

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